Improbable parenting advice
For harried parents, these new and upcoming books gather counsel from unlikely sources.
Geek Parenting: What Joffrey, Jor-El, Maleficent, and the McFlys Teach Us About Raising a Family (Quirk) by Stephen H. Segal and Valya Dudycz Lupescu offers great lessons from pop culture, like "Let them know you'll still love them even if they reveal their secret identity" and "The hero is the one who stays."
Parenting Is Easy: You're Probably Just Doing It Wrong (Workman) by Sara Given is based on the author's hilarious Tumblr, It's Like They Know Us, combining corny stock photos of families and kids with satirical commentary.
Shakespeare's Guide to Parenting (Dey Street Books) by James Andrews compiles wisdom from the great playwright to help you avoid the plight of poor King Lear, who said, "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child!"
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor