Friday, September 25, 2015

The Science of Parenthood

Just when you thought you couldn’t laugh any more at the follies, foibles and faux pas of modern parenting, along comes Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations, to set you laughing all over again. Based on the authors’ popular blog, which uses real scientific principles to lampoon parenting SNAFUs, this illustrated gift book drills deeper into biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics to offer up tongue-in-cheek “explanations” for the ludicrous situations otherwise capable adults find themselves in as a result of reproducing. Utilizing flow charts, diagrams, infographics and their signature cartoons, the ladies of Science of Parenthood endeavor to answer such mystifying questions as Why do children grow up so fast, yet Candy Land drags on so slowly? Why must children sleep perpendicular to any adults laying down with them? How many tequila shots does it take to get through an episode of Caillou? It’s been said (by Norine and Jessica actually) that raising kids defies all reason, logic and most of the laws of the universe. Anyone who’s despaired of showering, sleeping or excavating their living room from layers of plastic toys will find Science of Parenthood a hilariously enlightening read.    
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My Review:

I got this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for a review. Positive reviews are never required--just honest ones.

This book is SO funny. It's light and easy to read and even on a cellphone screen the images are easy enough to see on the Kindle app that it doesn't take away from the experience. I kept laughing at work, leading my coworkers to wonder if I was crazy. But then I showed them whatever image I was looking at and if they were a parent they would laugh too. Going (and I quote) "Yup! That happens!" and "That's SO true!"

This is a great book to give and receive as a gift, especially if you're a little stressed out as a parent or have gotten Mommy War hate (you moms know what I'm talking about) that makes you feel Less Than. Dworkin takes every kind of parent and shows them through a Lens of Different Perspective, sounding at times like an alien undercover doing research on Moms in their Natural Habitat.

This was a really great book to brighten up my work day and I fully recommend it for anyone who has ever spent even an hour around kids--it doesn't matter what age.

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