The Big Bang Parenting Algorithm, Part 2

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Why I Let My Kids Watch The Big Bang Theory

(#5 was “It’s okay to be smart”)

6. …but it’s not okay to tell everyone
Sheldon’s mom told him when he was a little boy, “Because people don’t want to hear it!”

7. It’s okay to make mistakes. If you make a mistake, apologize.
In The Apology Insufficiency, Sheldon accidentally ruins Howard’s chance to become an astronaut.

8. There is such a thing as too many cats
See The Zazzy Substitution.

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9. True friends stick by you no matter what
Watch the series. See how many times:
* Sheldon insults his friends but they still remain his friends
* they defend each other from a cyber bully, Penny’s ex-boyfriend, and Wil Wheaton
* they take care of each other when one is sick (except when the boys make Penny look after a sick Sheldon)
* they help each other through tough times like break-ups and broken Star Trek toys

10. Sometimes songs will make you feel better although my kids will tell you that Soft Kitty is only for when you’re sick.

The Big Bang Parenting Algorithm, Part 1

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Why I Let My Kids Watch The Big Bang Theory

1. Exposure to science and scientists
My son recently looked up “Schroedinger’s Cat” in a physics text. On his own. And my kids know who the guy is sitting next to Sheldon.

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This picture is from The Hawking Excitation.

2. References to Pop Culture every kid should know
Without TBBT, my kids would never have known who Wil Wheaton was. I was never a Trekkie but I do remember him from Stand By Me. I swear I saw him at a club in the City back in 1993 but I will never be able to verify that information. Shame too because Wesley Crusher is a good dancer.

Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, ComicCon, Doctor Who, Lord of the Rings, Marvel, DC, and the list goes on and on.

3. Science is cool
Liquid and solid moving to music. Pranks involving slime and YouTube. Going camping to see a meteor shower. How cool is that?

3. Alcohol is bad
In the The Pants Alternative, Sheldon accepts an award from the university while he is piss-ass drunk.

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“Mommy, why doesn’t Sheldon have any pants?”
“Mommy, why did Sheldon moon everybody?”
“Mommy, why is Sheldon talking like that?”

“He’s drunk. That’s what happens if you drink beer. You do stupid stuff. Don’t drink beer.”

4. Reasoning is an art form
My kids watch their favorite fictional scientists banter back and forth but it’s more than that. They see how articulate they are, their well-structured arguments, and logical reasoning.

“I think we should have a cupcake because we did not eat sugar all week and we drank milk every day!”

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While this adds up to complex conversations about EVERYTHING, I do appreciate that they can explain their opinions instead of throwing tantrums.

5. It’s okay to be smart
All of the scientists have doctorates in their respected field. Except for Howard. He ONLY has a Master’s degree.

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Yes, ONLY a Master’s degree. From MIT!