Hi. My name is Vitalik Demin. I live in Minneapolis Minnesota and I work in software development. I also have a good amount of entrepreneurial experience.
I have a 4 year old boy and I am working very hard to make sure he grows up with the right mindset. I want him to have a solid mental foundation to be creative, to become resilient to the negatives of this world and also build a successful career of his choice.
I came up with the Tinken character (from “tinker”) and wrote these short stories (hopefully more to come) because I’m trying to accomplish the following for my kid:
1. I’d love for him to truly believe that tinkering with various things all the time is a great way to learn about what works and what doesn’t.
2. He needs to understand that when something doesn’t work, it is not a failure (what a negative word, right?) but actually is a great opportunity to learn HOW to make it work next time. Every time something doesn’t work, it’s a valuable opportunity to become smarter and learn to avoid (or be better prepared for) bigger and less desirable setbacks.
3. Through the Tinken stories I’d like to convey the importance of three fundamentals that are critical for the future success of any kid with any career: 1) reading, 2) writing, 3) calculating (in the future stories). Kids need to naturally love doing these things instead of feeling like they have to because teachers and parents said so.
The reason I decided to publish these stories is the fact that my kid absolutely loved them. He asked me to tell them again and again, and now he refers to Tinken in many different situations that just puts a very big smile on my face. So, I figured - let’s share it with others!
I made this book free so you guys can take a look, decide if you want to read it to your kids and see how they like it.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read about Tinken! :)
Great stories for tomorrow’s leaders
Simple but powerful short stories that inspire small children to think creatively, be independent and achieve greatness!
we loved it!
my goal is to instill that passion for tinkering with things into my 4.5 year old boy. he shies away from trying stuff (and failing often obviously) but after he heard about how Tinken does it, he’s now started to say, hey, let’s try to do it like Tinken. it just puts a big smile on my face. we liked all 4 stories in the book and we hope more get published soon.
I think the author is on to something
This book is obviously very short as you can see by page count but I really liked the idea. My 5yo daughter listened to these 3 stories last night and she was engaged the whole time. Today in the morning she asked me if we could plant some strawberries just like Tinken :). I’ll wait for more stories for sure. It can definitely teach our kids some interesting stuff about being excited about problem solving and not looking at failures as something bad or discouraging.
I say good job, Vitalik!