Synopses & Reviews
Based on Norine Dworkin-McDaniel and Jessica Ziegler's popular illustrated humor blog, Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations takes the duo's mix of high-brow science and low-brow humor to a whole new level. Using their trademark brand of quirky, witty humor, and bolstered by all kinds of slick graphs and spiffy flow charts, Dworkin-McDaniel and Ziegler dig deep into the core sciences--biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics--to help moms and dads everywhere solve for "y." As in, "Y" is my child doing that . . . that . . . THING? And please, dear lord, is there a way to make them stop!? Anyone who's ever wondered why the kid who plays Minecraft for hours can't sit still for ten damn minutes to finish a math worksheet; who's marveled at how their toddler always picks the most inopportune moment to poop; or who's despaired of ever showering, sleeping, or finding a moment's peace again will find this book a hilarious, enlightening, and relatable read.
"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
• Promotional book trailer • Author book tour is planned with readings/signings in Orlando, Tampa, Denver, New York, Washington, DC, Atlanta, San Diego, Los Angeles, Chicago, Columbus, OH, Portland, OR, Boston, and other cities TBA • Targeted excerpts, features and interviews in national print media including Parents Magazine, Scholastic Parent and Child, Redbook, Pregnancy and Your Newborn, Fit Pregnancy, Today's Parent, iVillage, The Bump, HuffPo Parents, SheKnows, Lifescript, Babble, Cafe Stir, Mamalode, Working Mother, Bonbon Break Live, Family Circle, Woman's Day, Good Housekeeping, All You, Parade, First For Women • Targeted interviews and features in regional print media including Denver Post, 5280, Colorado Today, Orlando Sun-Sentinel, Orlando Magazine, Playground Magazine, Winter Garden Magazine, Winter Park Magazine, Palm Beach Post, Tampa Tribune, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Miami Herald, South Florida Sentinel • Blog tour of the major parenting and humor blogs, including Scary Mommy, Moms Who Drink and Swear, MommyShorts, In The Powder Room, People I Want To Punch In The Throat, My Life Suckers, My Life and Kids, Rants From Mommyland, How To Be A Dad, Dad And Buried, Mommy Man, Thoughts From Paris • Social media promotion across Science of Parenthood's Facebook and Twitter channels, as well as cross-promotion on the Facebook and Twitter channels for Big Book of Tweets; promotion through the SITS Community's weekly Twitter Party (#sitsblogging) • Advertising/promotion on Science of Parenthood's blog and through our email newsletter • Book giveaways on Science of Parenthood's blog, assorted parenting humor blogs, SITS Twitter Party, and GoodReads • Promotion to attendees of the BlogU 2015 and BlogHer'15 conferences
A satirical take on the early years of parenting that uses faux math, snarky science, and irreverent cartoons to offer hilarious hypotheses for parenting's most perplexing mysteries.
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 and 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.