Rookie Mom

Rookie Mom

Rookie Mom

Garrett and Tripp have known what they’ve wanted since early days—everything. Well…to know everything. The “why” questions were quickly followed up by the “how” questions, and their dad and I have spent just over a decade trying to answer those earnest inquires, and to find others who can help us do likewise. Together we created this website to house all of our boys’ wide-ranging interests because we figured they weren’t the only kids (and we weren’t the only parents) engaged in this process of discovery of all things tech, gearhead and maker. I’m something of a stranger in this landscape, coming from journalism, but the boys and their aerospace father have allowed me to tag along, employing my skills in research, writing, editing, design and photography to make myself useful as they navigate a terrain of gadgets, gears, 0s and 1s. As a stowaway, you can think of me as a simultaneous translator if you, too, are a parent of a brilliant kid whose passion for this world makes you feel equal parts proud and baffled. I’ve learned much about cognitive diversity while raising two boys who are each on far ends of the spectrum, but who nonetheless use their yin-yang skill sets to compliment each other as they problem-solve, invent and explore together. While their dad and I are divorced, we too have a yin-yang skill set that remains complementary and, of course, we remain devoted to our boys and their capacity to become their best selves. If any of this sounds the least bit familiar, then you’re in the right place. Think of me as your sherpa. I’ve populated the “Resources” section with some of my discoveries—and I hope you find them useful. The boys and I recently descended on Samsung’s flagship in NYC’s Meatpacking district (see VR evidence lower left corner) and we recently completed a 9-hour hackathon called the Agile Youth Challenge which saw me coding by the end of the day and taking on the day’s (important) theme of net neutrality. After surviving this remarkable gauntlet of earnest creativity and trial by fire I’m starting to feel like an authentic member of the tech community; April 22 is the next one and I’m already prepping for it! I hope the time you spend on this website (in-progress) will similarly make you feel a part of our expanding community. As soon as we manage complete our articles we’d love to start inviting contributions from you other rookies. We are all potential mentors and rookies…why not learn this together? —Kristina