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!
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!
“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!
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.