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Published on January 26th, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

Dalek Memories

Wired.co.uk’s Geek Dad column uses a great Doctor Who example to illustrate how to encourage children to enjoy and recall their childhood with pride when they’re older.

It’s an interesting idea, one that seems to make perfect sense. Basically, by spending time with his children (and taking them to the recently closed Glasgow exhibition at Kelvin Grove Art Gallery), blogger Chris Hinton hopes to create memories – perhaps reinforcing them with photos stuck to the fridge (an idea he picked up from a friend) – that can then be remembered.

I just want to be sure when my kids look back on their childhood there are things they can think on and say, “That was great.”

This is of course a marvellous idea – events are a great way to engage with your children, particularly in a world that seems to demand more and more of our time for professional reasons. Finding a work-life balance can be difficult, but Hinton seems to have struck upon a way to maximise what time is available by making it unforgettable.

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About the Author

A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.




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