Science of Parenthood- Must Have for all Parents! #BoogieWipesTour

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Last week I got the opportunity to meet with the wonderful authors of Science of Parenthood for their book tour #BoogieWipesTour. They started their 4 month tour here in Cincinnati and will be hitting cites all around the country sharing their wonderfully, humorous explanations of parenthood and all the craziness that comes along with this very important job!science of parenthood book signing

I’ve never been to a book signing or to a book tour, so I wasn’t really sure what all to expect! The Stir in Montgomery hosted this exceptional event with food, gifts and a copy of this hilarious but truly honest book about what you can really expect as a parent! And not just as a new parent, as a parent of any living, breathing, snot slinging mini human running around your home!

I have to be honest, I am not a huge book reader! I do read books but they have to be interesting, entertaining and keep me wanting more! Needless to say, I have very picky taste when it comes to books, so to say I’ve read this book twice in one week, should tell you just how entertaining it is!

Science of Parenthood is a guide to how life with little ones really is! It’s what you wanted to always say to other parents, what you’ve always been thinking or hoping that others are going through as well so you don’t feel like your the only one with a crazy life! There have been many times where my kiddos do or say something that is completely from another planet or out of the ordinary and I have never shared with my friends or family! I don’t want them to think I’ve raised caveman who don’t understand not to eat like a wild pack of dogs or puke everywhere except where they should! Those times where you are secretly wishing the little kid would just punch the big kid to keep them from teasing them just so you don’t have to break up the fight for the 5th time this afternoon! These are a no no in the good parent network and will for sure you get you dirty looks if you ever said them out loud! But now I know I’m not the only one dealing with these same ideas!

science of parenthood injuries“TOXIC SHOCK SYNDROME: A parent’s psychological state on discovering that her tot has gotten his diaper off and smeared the walls, cribs, bedding and himself with poop!” You know this has happened to all of us and we just keep it hush hush at the next mommy and me play date and you defiantly aren’t sharing pics with your friends and family on Facebook! So to read that there are other parents out there dealing with the same mishaps we all are secretly locking up, makes us know these are normal and we are normal parents! Wow, such a relief to know we aren’t the crazy ones and that our kiddos will turn out just fine!

I think one of the most interesting ideas from Science of Parenthood is this Kid’s Injuries: Then vs Now– It is defiantly something I have discussions with friends and family on a daily basis! We are always talking about how we use to run the neighborhood until the street lights came on and didn’t have time for t.v., video games or technology- and yes kiddos, we had all of these things back in the old days, as my girls call it! We played outside, we rode bikes, climbed trees and we had scratches, bruises and we always came home dirty! Now a days it’s like trying to move a dump truck with a tooth pick to get kiddos outside and play, and don’t even think about them playing in the dirt or touching that tree without hand sanitizer! Things have most defiantly changed!

When looking for a gift for friends and family that have kiddos this holiday season, Science of Parenthood is something all parents, new and old, must have! It will not only give new parents an insight as to what to expect but it will be sure to make you laugh til you pee a little! You know like when we sneeze or cough- you know it happens to you as well!

science of parenthood authorNorine 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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I received a gift bag filled with Boogie Wipe goodies and a copy of Science of Parenthood book in exchange for this post. No other compensation was received and as always my opinion is 100% my own.

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7 Ways I Boost Energy Each Winter

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warm fireplace and blanketIf you are anything like me, this time of year just makes me want to hibernate til March with my favorite blankie! I very much dislike that idea of fixing dinner and sitting down to eat at 6:30pm and it being pitch dark outside. It makes me just want to crawl into bed and not come out! And since I have kiddos to take care of and a job and kiddos in activities after school I kind of can’t do that! But here are some tips I use to manage through these crazy dark winter months to keep me energized and moving with my very active family!

  1. Get Plenty of Rest! – Now this may seem like a very easy task, since I just told you how at dinner time I just want to curl up in bed and just go to sleep, it should seem like I get plenty, right? Wrong! My girls get showers, pack their lunches, layout clothes for the next day, finish homework, get chores finished up and run around like banshees all at bedtime. So by time I get them all to bed and finish cleaning up after dinner, running another load of the never ending pile of laundry and the other 900 other chores I get to complete each day, I hit the bed about 11:30pm at the earliest! Then at 6am I start getting kiddos up and ready for school! So sleep is hard to get plenty of, but I have made several adjustments to try and get the girls in bed sooner and have them help me earlier in the day get some of the chores done sooner! So make a plan and make time for extra sleep!
  2. Eat Your Fruits and Veggies! – It may seem hard to do, but there are tons of ways to get in just a few extra servings, weather taking a small bag of grapes with you to eat on the way to work or practice, make a smoothie for breakfast or snag an apple to snack on before bed! Just one or two extra servings a day of fruits and veggies could make such a huge difference in your energy level!centrum vitamins
  3. Take Your Vitamins! – I have a hard time taking vitamins. I tend to get stomach aches from them and nausea for hours afterwards. So typically I will take my vitamins at bedtime so that by time I get up, they have dissolved into my system and I don’t get the side effects. I tried these new Centrum® VitaMints® Multivitamins fit right into your busy lifestyle. These were easy enough on my stomach that I was able to take them in the morning! VitaMints® are adult multivitamins packed with a refreshing cool mint flavor you can take any time of day with or without food or water. No chalky taste – just cool mint flavor. You can take 2 daily to give your body essential vitamins and minerals that support your energy, immune system, metabolism, and overall well-being®.Do not exceed suggested use or more does not always mean better. For more information about Centrum®, click here and a FREE Sample. Be sure to like Centrum® on Facebook
  4. Exercise!- You knew I was going to say that, but it’s true! When I get just 20 minutes in each day, I feel so much better! Even if it’s just taking the dog on an extended bathroom break around the neighborhood, parking the car at the end of the lot when heading to the store or just a few quick jumping jacks, sit-ups and mountain climbers with the kiddos when they come home from school!
  5. Take a Break & Relax– Even if you have to skip a load of laundry, grab your favorite bubble bath, fill the tub and tune everything else out! You work hard and you need some time for your self, not just physically, but mentally! Let your brain relax, breathe and just enjoy yourself! This is not an easy task but is so worth it, I always feel so energized after just a 20 minute break!sing dance laugh
  6. Dance & Sing It Out– I am not the greatest singer and I definitely have absolutely no rhythm to dance, but I love it! For just 3 minutes during your favorite song, let loose, sing, dance, laugh, bounce around and enjoy yourself. These little moments of pure craziness would make for a great laugh to your friends and family if shared on YouTube, but who cares! Let loose and have some fun!
  7. Enjoy Life, Slow Down & Laugh– Life is a crazy roller coaster, but you only live once and you should enjoy every minute of it! Before you know it your kiddos will in college, starting a family and out of your nest! Don’t let the little bit of time you have with them slip away! Yes they may drive you crazy sometimes and you want to pull your hair out but they will grow up before you know it and you will miss it! So if your house isn’t clean or the shutter is still squeaking or the van is still got last weeks breakfast in the back seat, skip it and hang out with your family or call an old friend to catch up! Enjoy your life, it’s the only one your get!
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National PTA: Why Support Groups In Schools Matter

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National PTA: Why Support Groups In School Matter

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National PTA: Hispanic Heritage Month 101

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4 Facts about Hispanic Children in America’s Public Schools

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Should Social Media Be Illegal for Teens!

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social media for teens illegalI know, your thinking this lady is crazy if she thinks the government is going to make social media illegal for teens. But hey, a mom can always dream, right?!?! It would be so much easier if I could say sorry kids, you can not spend 4 hours today checking every status on every social media for all your 5,000 online friends because your not of legal age to do so! My life would be a piece of cake! I would be able to get the kiddos to actually help with all the chores with no arguing, homework would get done in record time and bedtime would be a breeze. Then I could take long bubble baths and catch up all my scrapbooking and dvr with a glass of wine and read the kindle………, oh sorry I was dreaming!

So even though I may not get my local governor to agree with me that my 14 and 11 year old should be legally banned from social media, I do have a few points as to why I think under age social media’ers is a bad idea…… and a few good ones!
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Keep Your Kiddos Safe With ChildProtect by DNA

One of my biggest fears as a mom is to have one of our girls go missing. We do our best to protect them and inform them with everything they can use to stay safe, but there is just no guarantee. But there are tools you can use to help find your child quicker in case of a emergency with ChildProtect!

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  • A DNA profile is a Genetic Fingerprint and every person’s is unique
  • Every profile is signed by a PhD when it leaves the DDC laboratory
  • A DNA profile is used by police when they find an item (saliva) that contains traces of DNA. By having a DNA profile on hand, the police have something to compare against.  If there is no DNA profile, police need to collect DNA from the child’s home and send it to a laboratory to get the profile.

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Don’t Forget Those New Year’s Resolutions- Give Yourself Credit for Your Accomplishments!

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There are many times where I ask myself if I am who I set out to be, am I doing everything I can to raise great children, am I really enjoying life or just rushing through! Check out how 3 Boys & a Dog takes a moment to not dwell on what she hasn’t accomplished but what she has!

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