'Science of Parenthood' co-author brings parenting humor to South Florida

December 6, 2016

The cartoon that started "Science of Parenting." We’ve all heard how a teacher or a school assignment can change a life. Norine Dworkin-McDaniel, co-author of “Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations,” is proof. The school assignment that changed this Florida mom’s life wasn’t even hers. It was her son’s. “My son had come home from school talking about Newton’s law of force and motion: you know, an object at rest will remain at rest. … He was very excited about learning this, and as he’s explaining it, it suddenly hits me that it sounds a lot like him with his video games. “So I jumped up from the table, and I wrote down ‘Newton’s First Law of Parenting: A child at rest will remain at rest until you need your iPad back.’ That became our very first cartoon. She put the quote on Facebook, where is got a laugh from my friends. Encouraged, she started to put more out. “I had a bunch of them that I had written,” she said. “But they didn’t have the images yet. The images came a few weeks later. I was trying to figure out what was next for me, career-wise, and I was posting these things on Facebook, and it suddenly hit me that maybe that would be a good book if I could get images.” So she reached out to her friend Jessica Ziegler, a cartoonist. “She could immediately see the images in her head. So she started to draw the cartoons to go with my words,” Dworkin-McDaniel said. She told Ziegler that they should do a book, but she said Ziegler told her, “I think it’s bigger than just one...

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