{Bloggers in Focus} Science of Parenthood

BonBon Break

As I scan through thousands of sites and posts, every once in awhile there is something SO ORIGINAL that it just strikes a chord in me…in this case, my inner science geek. In a former life, I was a middle school math & science teacher, so when I found the Science of Parenthood, I was thrilled and hit their archives immediately. It was one of those moments where I kept smacking my husband in the arm saying, “Bwahaha! Look at this one! Bwahaha!” and then he laughed too. Norine and Jessica are the incredibly talented duo who bring scientific principles to ever-challenging role of parenthood. Everything improves with humor and these women will brighten and lighten your day with each visit.

A little more about these two brilliant women…

J&N-0315reducedScience of Parenthood was created by writer Norine Dworkin-McDaniel and illustrator/web developer Jessica Ziegler.

Once upon a time, Norine met Jessica at one of those “it stays in Vegas” holiday parties — which actually sounds a lot more salacious than it actually was. A little while later, Jessica had a kid. Then Norine had a kid. Then Norine began developing a series of science-y/parent-y ain’t-that-the-truth-isms. Then Jessica came in and scribbled all over them. And Science of Parenthood was born. Norine and Jessica are not Nobel Prize-winning scientists … though they play them on the blog. Fortunately, Norine and Jessica are both married to their own adorable geeks, who explain all this science-y stuff to them at those times when recalling the laws of thermodynamics on three hours of sleep is simply too tall an order.

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Mommy Math: Bracing For The School Year

btn_mommymathYou know, even if you sucked at math in school — as I most certainly did — once you become a mom, you find you can solve “real world” math problems like you’re channeling Pythagoras and Newton. See how many of these you can answer. Remember to show your work!

1. Barb and Danny are taking their newborn home from the hospital. If they live 20 miles away and are driving 45 mph, how many minutes before they have their first “new parent” anxiety attack?

2. Nancy has a colicky infant. Jenn’s toddler is having a “terrible twos” meltdown. How long before they hide in the closet, break out the Xanax and bourbon and start doing shots?

3. Karla’s husband Michael is away from home on a week-long business trip. If the plane is traveling at 567 mph, and he flies first-class from Miami to Los Angeles, with complimentary champagne service, how long before Karla burns him in effigy for leaving her alone with a sick (and by sick we mean puking like a binge drinker at a weekend frat party) baby?

4. Christy bakes 12 chocolate chip cookies that are all exactly 2 inches in diameter. If she gives 1 cookie to Li’l Davey and 1 cookie to Li’l Johnny, how many nanoseconds will elapse before one child starts screaming that the other got the bigger cookie?

5. Charlotte spent 4 hours picking up toys. If her son has a 2-hour play date with a classmate who’s due to arrive in 10 minutes, how long before her house is trashed again?

6. Paige has stopped at 3 stores while running errands with her toddler. If she dashes into 1 more store, and leaves her diaper bag in the car, how long before her 2-year-old has a diaper blowout?

7. Jayne drops off her 2-year-old at 8:15 am on the first day of nursery school. If Jayne’s office is 8 miles away and she is driving 35 mph, how many minutes will it take for her to pull off the road, sobbing with separation anxiety?

8. Denise has 3 children. If her Older Child has soccer on Mondays and Wednesdays and Sundays; and her Middle Child has ballet on Tuesdays and Thursdays and piano on Fridays; and she takes her Baby to Mommy & Me on Saturdays, when does Denise buy a one-way ticket to Hazelden?

9. Maria just spent $400 on the Lego Death Star model kit for her 8-year-old. If the model has 3,803 pieces, and the 8-year-old has been working on the model for 6 hours, at what time will Maria discover that a key piece to complete the model has been irretrievably lost?

10. Sherri nurses her infant every 2 hours. If she drifts off to sleep at 2 am and needs to be up at 7 am, what time will her 18-month old wake up wailing with croup?


You see? They are clever.  Explore the Science of Parenthood Carousel below to learn the story behind these comical, thigh-slapping illustrations. Just click!


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…and it gets EVEN BETTER. Norine and Jessica have just opened an online store where they are selling their hysterical illustrations as bumper stickers, t-shirts, coffee mugs, calendars and MAGNETS. Click HERE to shop now… laughing and shopping. dreamy

And because they are fantastic women and they want to celebrate with YOU…they have given us 8 of their magnets to share with you. Including this one (click on it and you can see ALL of them):

Newton iPad from Science of Parenthood

 To enter, share which of the Mommy Math equations made you laugh out loud.


Eight lucky readers of Bonbon Break will each win a Science of Parenthood Magnet!

Required Entry

Leave a comment below sharing which of the Mommy Math Equations, from the post above, made you laugh out loud.

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Read the official giveaway rules. Entry deadline September 12, 2013. Winners’ emails will be shared with Science of Parenthood and added to their mailing list. Open to readers worldwide!


Bloggers in Focus: Science of Parenthood