New Book Offers Hilarious Look at the Challenges of Modern Parenting‏


Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations (Paperback)

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This title will be released on November 17, 2015.

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!?

After I recently read several heavy topic books on parenthood including bullying and sexual abuse prevention, I really felt I needed a light and airy book filled with fun and laughter about the craziness that is parenthood.  There is a reason parents flock with other parents.  There can be no rhyme or reason for many of the parenting adventures we experience and it is so important to have a network of friends who GET IT.  Why does it take me two hours to get out the door at times?  It’s hard to explain.  Why does my child insist that she can no longer eat oranges when it was her favorite food just minutes ago?  Selective memory?  IDK!  And….Don’t get me started on how laundry, strange odors and the complete lack of total silence can drive a person to a complete stack of bonkers and can really only be shared to those troopers who have lived through it.  With its decidedly non-quantitative methods, this book will never receive the blessing of the scientific community. Nonetheless, since the duo discovered the formula for making parents of all stripes laugh and smile with all-too-familiar recognition, their unique blend of science and satire will most certainly prompt howls of laughter all around the world.

Here are some highlights of what the authors are accomplishing:

  • A national 25-city tour this fall (including a stop in AUSTIN on November 12 and 13 – so those ‘in the know’ can check out media and and event parties planned)
  • They made’s list of funniest parents
  • Back page of All You Magazine in December
  • Dr. Mehmet Oz endorsed the book
  • Huffington Post Parents is doing a (second!) post in November and unlimited social sharing

Science of parenthood filters the parenting experience through the lens of all the math and science we learned in high school. In the Biology section, there is Carseat Carbon Dating (How old is this stuff anyway?? Do we even want to know? Probably not.) And Pavlov’s Highchair (Skinner’s dogs have nothing on you).

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The timely and helpful guidance for the beginning of the school year includes a classic titled The Mother’s Homework Prayer.

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Sure, Einstein determined the Theory of Relativity, but that’s nothing compared to the importance of the Morning Energy Equation for moms on the go.

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Technique for Getting a Child Out of Bed on a School Day

  1. Open window blinds to flood the child’s room with sunlight.
  2. Nuzzle the child softly. “Good morning, Sweet Pea. It’s time to get up now.”
  3. Gently jostle the child’s shoulder, tousle the hair, lightly tickle the toes and neck.  “C’mon, Sweetie Pie. Time to get up. Let’s go. We don’t want to be late for school.”
  4. Stand over child, giving the shoulder a slightly more vigorous shake. “C’mon! We’re going to be late if you don’t get up. Breakfast is on the table. NOW, please!”
  6. This is the point when the lever-fulcrum is most useful. When you observe that the child has curled into a tight ball under the covers, pull back the blanket, slide your arms beneath the child, bend the knees, rock back, and roll that kid out of bed and up into your arms.   Set the child down at the kitchen table for breakfast.

Congratulations! You have successfully removed your child from bed.  Are you having fun yet? 

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Flip to the Chemistry section, and you’ll find the Play Date Compatibility diagram. Talk about the ultimate lab experiment: Sometime you get lucky … and sometimes you get some high-test crazy.

There is SO MUCH good stuff all summed up in this book that, while tongue-in-cheek, really does hit the nail on the head of what it means to be a modern parent.  AND – it’s SO MUCH FUN TO LAUGH ABOUT (while holding back tears)!  Grab a copy, include it in your book club reading, and start discussing.  We parents must stick together because there really is a lot of un-science about the ‘science of kids’.  We need to keep studying!

About the Authors:

Norine Dworkin-McDaniel is co-creator and principle writer of Science of Parenthood, named one of’s “blogs every parent should read”. A longtime magazine writer, Norine has written for Parents, American Baby, The Huffington Post, Family Circle, More, Fitness, Shape, Prevention, Redbook, Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping, Health, Marie Claire, Readers Digest, Food & Wine and iVillage. She’s also contributed to several humor anthologies, including Have Milk Will Travel: Adventures in Breastfeeding. She is the co-author of You Know He’s a Keeper…You Know He’s a Loser: Happy Endings and Horror Stories from Real-Life Relationships.  

Jessica Ziegler is Science of Parenthood’s co-creator, illustrator, web designer, and contributing writer. In her “off hours,” she is the director of social web design for Vestor Logic and the writer and illustrator of a customizable children’s book series at She was named a 2014 Humor Voice of the Year by BlogHer and SheKnows. Her writing and illustration have been published on The Huffington Post,,, and in Las Vegas Life and Las Vegas Weekly. Surprisingly, her work remains unheralded by the scientific community. 

Together, Jessica and Norine are the creators behind the highly acclaimed The Big Book of Parenting Tweets and The Bigger Book of Parenting Tweets.  Find out more about Science of Parenthood at

Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations (Paperback)

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