This week’s new Dustinland comic is about how our kids are silently absorbing all the negative political conversations we have while they’re playing off in the corner, seemingly ignoring us.
Now, in the comic, I joke about being proud of my son’s actual real life quote, but in all seriousness, I find it concerning. I don’t want him to be as stressed out and negative as I am. But I guess it can’t help but seep in. Because they really are little sponges, and they’re listening, even when you think they’re not. And whether you’re a liberal, a conservative, or something in between (which I think is actually the truth for most of us), we need to protect our kids from the unrelenting negativity, hate and cynicism that’s dominating politics in the U.S. — and in much of the world, from what it sounds like. We need the next generation to grow up thinking they can make a difference, in their own lives, and to the world.
So yeah, as funny as it can seem, no more Dusty Downers…
Posted in parenthood, philosophy, politics
Tagged 2020 election, children, climate change, cynicism, dad, dad life, dadhood, election, father, fatherhood, kids, negativity, parenthood, parenting, parents, politics, raising children, raising kids, uspolitics
This week’s new Dustinland comic is about sports and our obsession with using them as a way to measure societal worth. I’m sure there are books written about this, probably saying sports are a substitute for ancient wars games, they’re in our DNA, we’re like orangutans tussling for dominance within our jungle groups… and maybe that’s all true. But either way, it’s an interesting topic, especially in the way that even when you’re aware of how silly this can be, you still fall for it.
Also, Noam Chomsky. Also, Tom Wolfe hated Noam Chomsky.
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Tagged children, dad, dad life, dadhood, dads, father, fatherhood, fathers, kids, little league, manliness, parenthood, parenting, parents, raising children, raising kids, respect, sports
This week’s new Dustinland comic is not actually a Father’s Day comic, but the timing works out nicely so let’s just say that it is. I mean, it is about parenting, and I am a father, so there you go. Close enough! Seriously though, the pressure in the comic is real.
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Tagged career, children, college, dad, dad life, dadhood, dads, education, father, father's day, fatherhood, fathers, future, job, kids, parenthood, parenting, parents, pressure, raising children, raising kids, school
I don’t stand by the words of my six-year-old featured in this week’s new Dustinland comic, but they were pretty funny. One of those instances where the kid says something wrong and you have to hold in the laughter because you don’t want to encourage naughty behavior. Actually, I just made that up. I wasn’t even there — he said it to my wife. But it is totally that kind of line.
In related news, it must be impossible to make an original tooth/truth pun. They must all be done, simply in the dentist merchandising arena alone. Ain’t that the tooth.
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Tagged childhood, children, dad, dad life, dadhood, dads, fatherhood, kids, lost tooth, parenting, parents, raising children, raising kids, teeth, tooth, tooth fairy
This week’s new Dustinland comic is quite cheeky. It’s about dads — well, one dad: me — making naughty little double entendres around the house since my little one is too young to understand them. Totally immature, but you do have to find ways to entertain yourself in this domestic life.
Posted in marriage, parenthood, sex
Tagged children, cursing, dad, dad life, dadhood, dirty words, double entendre, family, father, fatherhood, fathers, kids, naughty, parenthood, parenting, parents, pun, puns, raising children, raising kids, sex, six year old, toddlers
I literally drew this new Dustinland comic during a playdate my kid had this weekend. My wife was upstairs playing referee while I hid downstairs in the basement scribbling in peace. And the irony is that the kids really did seem to have fun by the end. Despite all the fighting and arguing and name-calling, to them, it was a success. I guess kids just don’t know how to be friends. Not sure adults do either, I guess.
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This week’s new Dustinland comic is about me explaining Trump to my son. This conversation never actually happened, since I try to shield him from this horrible world we’re in, but we have had to talk a few times because he hears stuff at school and on the radio when I’m not quick enough to change the station. Basically he knows Trump is a racist liar, but that’s about it. But you know, when you try to explain things to a kid, you really make it clearer for yourself. Laying things out so simply, in basic language, it really helps. Try it sometime! Not actually with a real kid of course, but just imagine yourself doing it. Works for many a complex issue!
PS My hand is healing nicely! Still not perfect, still hurts a bit to draw. But hopefully I’ll be 100% soon and my art will get back to where it was, AKA still shitty but slightly less shitty.
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Tagged children, dad, dad life, dadhood, democrats, donald trump, fatherhood, fathers, kids, liberal, parenthood, parenting, parents, political comic, politics, raising kids, republicans, the donald, thedonald, trump, trump comic, trump supporters, uspolitics