The holidays are here full throttle, and between holiday parties, gift wrapping and an extended time at home with our children during winter break, we could all use some extra laughs.
The new book Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations, a collection of cartoons based on the follies of modern day parenting, will not disappoint.
Jessica Ziegler and Norine Dworkin-McDaniel are the creators of The Big Book of Parenting Tweets and The Bigger Book of Parenting Tweets, published earlier in 2015. Based on the popular illustrated blog which uses scientific principles to lampoon parenting SNAFUs, their latest book Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations drills deep into the core sciences —biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics—to provide tongue-in-cheek “explanations” for the ridiculous situations otherwise capable adults find themselves in as a result of birthing and caring for tiny humans.
Blending their trademark wit and brightly colored cartoons with flowcharts, infographics and the kind of higher math typically seen only on physicists’ whiteboards, Science of Parenthood answers such mystifying questions as:
* Why do children grow up so fast, yet Candy Land drags on so s-l-o-w-l-y?
* Why must children sleep perpendicular to any adult laying down with them?
* Are construction-grade headphones an acceptable baby shower gift?
* How many tequila shots does it take to get through an episode of Caillou?
* Seriously, how is it possible for one kid to lose so many thermoses?
The book is a clever combination of science terms applied to parenting situations. One of our favorite cartoons is the Occam’s Stroller – a play on the scientific principle Occam’s Razor — the idea that the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected.
When I was pregnant with triplets, I bought no less than five different stroller configurations — singles, doubles, triples — some had all the bells and whistles, and one, a basic umbrella stroller. Well, guess which stroller got the most action? That’s right, the single lightweight easily foldable umbrella stroller that cost about $20 at Babies R Us.
Science of Parenthood is laugh out loud funny. Add it to your Christmas gift list because all of your friends with kids will appreciate getting a copy of this book this holiday season. Get your copy on Amazon but order it quickly as it has already sold out. The book is currently #2 on Amazon in new parenting/relationships humor paperbacks.
You can also find Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations at Barnes & Noble.
We were not compensated for this review. We received a complimentary copy of Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations for review purposes only.