I would go as far as to say that I am a bit of a geek. I love my sci-fi and take comfort in my favourite shows. I also share this with the kids.
Personally I feel that exploring the depths of something as immersive as sci-fi and a like breeds character and encourages a better outlook on diversity. I hope my children will develop a broader range of interests which promote a better understanding of the world around us. It also helps us talk about things that are going on in our lives, happy and sad.
We sit down as a family to watch shows like Dr Who and Buffy. Dylan is a massive Joss Whedon fan, especially Firefly.
Where else could my autistic son immerse himself into a world where being different didn’t mean being inferior. His super heroes are different. They are stronger, and smarter and braver than their peers.
Sometimes that brief break from reality is needed so desperately. When school has been too much, or their fighting on the weekends becomes unbearable I know that by sticking star wars on the telly, it will bring is together, calm and we can move on.
It’s not just me who thinks sharing this with my children. Other people have written about it too.