Passing the Phaser: 10 Tips For Turning Your Kids Into Trekkies

10: Talk like William Shatner: “Hey… kids. Time… to… take out the trash.” They’ll soon wonder who holds the patent on this eloquent way of speaking.

9: Build a phaser for the school science fair: Chances are, you’ll at least be able to build a phaser that works on stun. If you throw it at someone.

8: Play “What Would Spock Do?” All kids are faced with times they have to make logical decisions, make it interesting by channeling the values of everyone’s favorite Vulcan.

7: Refer to your car as “The Enterprise NCC-1701-A” and going to visit the in-laws as “going through the worm-hole to fight the Jem’Hadar.” Nothing says how much you enjoy a visit to the in-laws when you liken them to a violent warrior race jacked up on drugs.

6: Pay out allowances in gold-pressed Latinum. – Considering the price of gold, this may be hard to come by, but completely worth it if you can pull it off.

5: Call your eldest child “Number 1.” On second thought, this might sound like favoritism, but follow it up with “Make it so,” and to their siblings it’ll just seem like they are receiving the brunt of the chores.

4: Make the kids drink Earl Grey tea. “Because that’s what Jean-Luc drinks.”

3: Dress up like a Klingon and take them to a Star Trek convention. Nothing tests the bonds of love more than hanging out with a family member dressed like a Klingon.

2: After dinner every night have a family discussion concerning the positives and negatives of the Prime Directive. Most specifically, identify which neighbors would qualify as “Pre-Warp” civilizations.

1: Teach them that instead of cursing when frustrated or angry, yell “KHAAAAAAAN!!” Their friends may give them strange looks, so teach them to clench their fists and furrow their brow to sell it. Never mention the name “Mr. Roarke.”

Via Wired.com

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