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The Science of Parenthood Book and Kid Poop

When my son was an infant, we took a road trip to see my in-laws. It’s about a seven-hour drive.  I was prepared with my pump, several pre-filled bottles, baby wipes, diapers, his favorite blanket, and the cutest outfits he owned. He was dressed to impress and utterly adorable.

I look cute but I

That is, he looked utterly adorable until he was covered in runny, nasty baby poop. It was everywhere. It’d traveled up his back, down his legs, and onto his car seat. It took an entire box of wipes and a roll of paper towels to clean him up enough to bring him inside a gross gas station bathroom.  It took another roll of paper towels to cover up the cleaned-up-but-now-wet carseat so that he could sit in it for the rest of our trip.

Like this cartoon “When Your Kid Will Poop” from The Science of Parenthood illustrates, kids poop when it’s inconvenient.

when will my kid poop?

I’m sharing The Science of Parenthood Book and Kid Poop today, because this new book is awesome and illustrated with the hilarious cartoons they’re famous for!

Science of Parenthood

Here are some deets:

What’s Science of Parenthood all about?

Science of Parenthood started nearly three years ago as an illustrated humor blog. The creators use fake math and science to “explain” what puzzles parents every day. Things like:

Should you shower today? (um, usually no, in my opinion)

Why does it matter what color the sippy cup is?

Are boogers a food group? 

The book Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations, is divided into four sections – biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. It lives in the chasm that exists between the authors’ collective hopes and dreams and expectations of what parenting will be like and the brutal, slap-you-upside-the-head reality of what parenting actually is. They cover pregnancy, birth and the hilarious frustrations that come with early childhood (tantrums, picky eating, diaper blowouts, illness, sleep issues, play dates, toy creep, homework battles and encounters with crazy parents (not you, of course, they mean other parents). And you know what? You don’t even need to be a scientist to “get” it.

They make parents laugh. Reading it, I found myself grinning and nodding my head. The kid that my son wants to be friends with up the street? He’s mean and gross and grabby and while I adore his parents, I um, well. Here, look:

who your kids want to be friends with

When asked where they got the idea for Science of Parenthood, Norine and Jessica reply:

Our “eureka” moment came when Norine’s son, Fletcher, came home from school talking about one of Newton’s laws of force and motion: An object at rest stays at rest unless acted on by an external force.

Says Norine: “That reminded me of Fletcher with his video games. He’d sit on the couch and play games all day if I didn’t confiscate the iPad. I jotted down, Newton’s First Law of Parenting: A child at rest will remain at rest until you want your iPad back. Later, I posted that on Facebook. It got a good response, so I started posting other parenting observations and giving them a math or science twist, like Sleep Geometry Theorem: A child will always sleep perpendicular to any adult laying next to them. Both of these are fan favorites and two of the very few cartoons we pulled from the blog to include in the book.

I offered to review this book for Norine and Jessica because
1. It’s freaking hilarious.
2. I’ve met them both in person and they’re ah-mazing.
3. They wrote a BOOK!

Here’s a photo from the last time I saw Norine and Jessica this year. Jessica is in the back, and Sarah and I are sniffing around Julie’s baby:

EEEEP a freaking baby!!!

Here’s one that I adore of Norine, dancing at the BlogHer the year before (the one filled with magic and disappointment), bopping on her phone:


Want a copy of this book? I know you do. Get one here:

Find Science of Parenthood on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

About The Authors

Norine is the primary writer for Science of Parenthood, the blog, and Science of Parenthood,the book. A longtime freelance magazine writer, Norine’s articles have appeared in just about every women’s magazine you can buy at supermarket checkout as well as on The Huffington Post,, iVillage, Lifescript and Scary Mommy websites. Norine is the co-author of You Know He’s a Keeper…You Know He’s a Loser: Happy Endings and Horror Stories from Real Life Relationships (Perigee), Food Cures (Reader’s Digest) and a contributor to several humor anthologies, including Have Milk, Will Travel: Adventures in Breastfeeding (Demeter Press). She lives with her husband and 9-year-old son in Orlando.

The daughter of famed New Yorker cartoonist Jack Ziegler, Jessica is Science of Parenthood’s co-creator, illustrator, web designer and contributing writer. In her “off hours,” Jessica is the director of social web design for VestorLogic and the writer/illustrator of StoryTots, a series of customizable children’s books. Her writing and illustration have been published on The Huffington Post,, and in Las Vegas Life and Las Vegas Weekly. Jessica was named a 2014 Humor Voice of the Year by BlogHer/SheKnows Media. She lives with her husband and 11-year-old son in Denver.

  • Allie - Aw, excellent review. You’re a rock star. I loved meeting Norine – she was so nice. I hope one day I get to meet Jessica, too.December 1, 2015 – 1:02 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Thanks, Allie! And yeah, Norine is really really nice. Jessica is as well! I hope you get to meet her too!December 1, 2015 – 7:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Janine Huldie - Totally can relate and have some poop stories de jour from when both my girls were babies and have been there done that. That is what I love about their book that it is so very relatable and was also so very happy to get to share all about it on my blog, too 😉December 1, 2015 – 1:13 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - I’m SO glad that the days of explosive diapers are over now, Janine. What a mess!December 1, 2015 – 7:13 pmReplyCancel

  • Sarah Honey - Love! Great book, fabulous review and love the pics!December 1, 2015 – 1:18 pmReplyCancel

  • Norine of Science of Parenthood - That! Was! Wicked! Love your post! Thank you!
    (And yes that’s me, always on the phone. Ya caught me!)December 1, 2015 – 1:27 pmReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - What a great story – and so true! We can all relate to that experience. 🙂December 1, 2015 – 1:43 pmReplyCancel

    • Kristi Campbell - Ugh Elizabeth to the relatable poop stories. I thought they would never end. Tucker took AGES to potty train. So glad those days are behind us (hehe behind).December 1, 2015 – 7:15 pmReplyCancel

  • JT Walters - Great idea to share the reality of parenting with a humorous twist…otherwise the species might end.December 1, 2015 – 3:28 pmReplyCancel

  • Lizzi Rogers - HA! I kinda like it more now I understand it 🙂 Love that you know so many cool bloggers 🙂December 1, 2015 – 9:30 pmReplyCancel

  • Emily - The book sounds so very clever and hilarious of course. I wish I could be that clever. I could never come up with cartoons like that. I’m not trying to throw myself a pity party – I’m just super impressed when other people are so creative and clever! I hope the book does really well!December 1, 2015 – 9:40 pmReplyCancel

  • Tamara - haha, the baby sniffing! Hilarious.
    The book must be amazing because everything they do is. And it’s all true too. And the poop thing. What gives with that?December 2, 2015 – 5:41 pmReplyCancel

  • - I LOVE them!! I ALWAYS LOL at their stuff and I’m betting their book is a HIT. Totally need to buy it. EVERY parent needs this book. 🙂December 3, 2015 – 4:40 amReplyCancel

  • Kenya G. Johnson - Great review! I saw a poop meme that was so gross/funny it was hard to look and not to look. I decided to hide it from my page because I didn’t need to see it twice. The baby looked like he or she had a poop explosion and the meme said something like, “Now we need to get a new baby.” Something like that – but funnier.December 4, 2015 – 8:22 amReplyCancel

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