An award-winning parenting author shares tips on reading

Norine Dworkin-McDonald's approach brings levity to parenting. 

Norine Dworkin-McDonald's approach brings levity to parenting. 

Although she could be cast at McCurdy’s Comedy Club, this award-winning parenting author is kicking off her Florida book tour tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Selby Library.

Author and mom, Norine Dworkin-McDaniel will read from her book: Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations and debuting material from her new e-book, Science of Parenthood’s Mistakes, Mishaps & WTF? Moments: Selected Stories from Behind Our Cartoons.

And there will be laughs.

As her titles and book illustrations suggest, humor is what drives her messages for parents often bogged down by higher strung literature, but Dworkin-McDaniel also understands the importance of reading and shared some tips on how to make books a part of kids’ everyday

Reading at grade level by third-grade is a proctor for lifelong success, and research shows that kids learn to read until third-grade, then read to learn thereafter.

When this crucial milestone is missed, it becomes more challenging for kids to get back on track and easier to fall behind.

Q: What do you find is parents’ biggest frustration in regards to their children’s education?

A: No parent feels like what they’re doing is enough. Were under a lot of anxiety and pressure to make our kids excel but most of it is self-induced. Academics are so emphasized that we may be missing the value of play. But that’s when kids learn: when they play.

Q: What can we do to get our kids reading?

A: Most of our wrestling over reading is fighting with technology. I’m as guilty as others by allowing for electronic babysitting because I can see him while he’s on YouTube or playing video games. But limiting access to these things and carving out time for reading everyday is key.

And of course, have books.

Get books for the bathtub. Put books in the stroller and the car. Put them in the diaper bag.

It also helps if you, as a parent, like the book. We read a lot of Sandra Boynton books to our little one because they’re fun to read.

Then, when my son just started reading I had him read to me.

Keep magnetic letters on the fridge and make the letter sounds when you’re in the kitchen so they can start making that connection.  

Q: How can we get older kids back on track with reading?

A: Relax about what you think is appropriate to read since not everyone has to start with Tolstoy.

Comic books count. Star wars counts. Magazines count.

Find a topic they love and get them a book about it because every kid is interested in something.

The kiss of death was for me to recommend anything so just be sure the books. Don’t push and they’ll do the rest.

Dworkin-McDonald and illustrator Jessica Ziegler were named among TODAYParents’ Funniest Parents of 2015. Their content is routinely featured on HuffPost Parents, and they’ve been profiled on Upworthy and Inc.com and appeared on The Dr. Oz Show in July.

The event is free and all are welcome to attend.
Anyone who buys a copy of her book will receive the e-book as a free Kindle download.