- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: She Writes Press (November 17, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1631529471
- ISBN-13: 978-1631529474
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,227 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations Paperback – November 17, 2015
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“Science of Parenthood’s insights and humor are absolutely amazing!”
—Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr. Oz Show
“Adapt or die. Those are pretty much the only two real choices a person has once they become a parent, because, you know, the only things we know for sure about this life is that it changes and it ends. Science of Parenthood supplies parents with a heap of what is necessary to adapt and adapt some more (and keep adapting more after each adaption): HUMOR. If you don't laugh, you'll die. No, I didn't mean to say cry, because obviously there is a lot of crying in life. And poop. If you don't laugh your way through this emotionally and physically messy-filled world of family life, you won't survive it. So...if you don't want to die, you had better buy this book.”
—Nicole Kane Knepper, author of Moms Who Drink and Swear
“Science of Parenthood is laugh-out-loud funny in a totally non-daunting format. (Sorry, every other unread book on my night stand!) If there's a parent around who doesn't love it, I don't want to know them.”
—Jill Smokler, New York Times best-selling author of Confessions of a Scary Mommy
“If only this book had existed before I had kids! If you're one of the lucky ones who can get your hands on Science of Parenthood before your baby is born, it should be #1 on your wish list, before bassinets and burp cloths and those freakish contraptions that let you suck the snot out of their noses. And if you already have kids, get this book for the laughs and the assurance that yes, the crazy, ridiculous miracle you've been going through is all happening exactly as it's supposed to.”
—Jerry Mahoney, author of Mommy Man: How I Went From Mild-Mannered Geek to Gay Superdad
“In Science of Parenthood, Norine Dworkin-McDaniel and Jessica Ziegler deliver an awesome combination of hilarity and insight. It's the book Madame Curie and Erma Bombeck would have written together if only they'd been BFFs.”
—Johanna Stein, author of How Not To Calm a Child On a Plane ... And Other Lessons in Parenting from a Highly Questionable Source
“Norine Dworkin-McDaniel and Jessica Ziegler educate and entertain. They are like the Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson of parenting... minus the fancy neckties.”
—David Vienna, author of Calm The F*ck Down: The Only Parenting Technique You’ll Ever Need
“For these two ladies, parenting IS a science. Luckily they put plenty humor with it, so the class clowns like me can actually understand just what the heck they're talking about!”
—Jen Mann, NYT best-selling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges
“Hysterical, informative, and therapeutic.”
—Jason Good, author of Rock, Meet Window
“Move over What to Expect When You’re Expecting, Science of Parenthood has the real truth about the joys, challenges, and completely unpredicatable moments of parenting. Equal parts totally relatable, honestly accurate, and laugh-out-loud funny, The Science of Parenthood is a must read for anyone who has ever given birth, is pregnant, or is even thinking of having a baby (and if this last one is you, good luck, you’ll need it).”
—Tracy Beckerman, author of Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir. How I Got Pregnant, Lost Myself, and Got My Cool Back in the New Jersey Suburbs
“A hysterically funny compilation of witty insights about the trials and tribulations for parenting, ideal for relieving stress through laughter. Highly recommended . . . for personal mirth or as a cheerful gift book.”
—Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Norine Dworkin-McDaniel is the co-creator and principle writer behind the popular illustrated math- and science-based humor blog Science of Parenthood, named one of Parenting.com’s “blogs every parent should read.” A longtime magazine writer, Dworkin-McDaniel’s articles and essays have appeared in Parents, American Baby, More, Redbook, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, Woman’s Day, Food & Wine, Prevention, Readers Digest, Fitness, Shape, Family Circle, and numerous daily newspapers and newsweeklies. You can find her humor writing in several anthologies, including Have Milk Will Travel: Adventures in Breastfeeding.
Jessica Ziegler is Science of Parenthood’s co-creator, illustrator, web designer and contributing writer. In her “off hours,” she is director of social web design for Vestor Logic and the writer and illustrator of the customizable children’s book series StoryTots. Her illustration work has appeared in The Hartford Advocate, Las Vegas Life Magazine, and Las Vegas Weekly, as well as online at VEGAS.com.
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Using very scientific flow charts, colourful graphs, along with hilarious anecdotes, and observations, Norine and Jessica have come up with a number tried and true laws of parenting. Important, real science that they just don't teach in school. Get ready for some laughs and a big dose of reassurance that it's not just you.
Everything is shown as though this is a scientific textbook, though hilarious, thankfully. There’s a flowchart on whether you should have another kid, a crop of new disorders like “mourning sickness,” when your previously favorite food now makes you sick during pregnancy (cartoon of woman hugging boxes of mac and cheese), and the invention of a new science: Paleosexuality, which includes the Ice Age. I skipped the chapter on poopology, though I thoroughly agree with Pavlov’s Highchair. More helpful is the chapter that translates texts and emails for the passive-aggressive, though not so much the chemistry of post-birth sex.
I’m not sure if this is intended to help parents at all or is strictly for entertainment’s sake, but it certainly skews toward the latter. At first it feels like this is going to be long book, but there’s so many graphics it just flows. . . like a chart. There are some wickedly funny moments, but then there’d have to do be, with so many jokes. Like the Old Airplane and Naked Gun movies, one gag after another. If you don’t find one funny, just turn the page. . .
It lists wonderfully hilarious definitions on parenting that remind me of the raw humor and originality of The Onion.
“Car seat Carbon Dating: advanced technology used to determine how old the foodstuff collected under the baby seat actually is.”
“Quantum Carpool Mechanics: why moms are able to drop off two kids at separate activities on opposite ends of town at exactly the same time.”
There are graphs, tables, and flow charts that show everything from how many alcoholic beverages a parent must consume to get through their child’s favorite TV show, to how to find where your toddler hid your cellphone. I particularly enjoyed these charts because they took a serious format and mixed them with the madness and ridiculousness that is parenting. Reading them almost helped me find order where there is no order.
Most of the humor is tongue in cheek. It pokes fun at marriage, toddlers, husbands, wives… all element of family life are captured in this book sarcastically, and genuinely, and hilariously. One section in particular presented a graph that illustrated a husband’s action in relation to his chances for sex.
I laughed out loud. But then I read it again and took a few notes.
The sections in this book are short and simple. It’s easy to pick up and put down. Anyone with children will appreciate that, considering sitting down to a long captivating read really only happens when the children are well… you know what… it just doesn’t happen.
This book is for pondering parents, new parents, old parents, and grandparents. I’m planning to give it away at the next baby shower so they can start laughing early.
Unless you are crusty and bitter about parenting, buy this book. It will give you a good laugh. It will make you think. It will help you realize that parenthood couldn’t possibly be a science, but it sure is fun to pretend.
*I received an advanced copy to facilitate my honest review.