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.
Posted in parenthood, sports
Tagged children, dad, dad life, dadhood, dads, father, fatherhood, fathers, kids, little league, manliness, parenthood, parenting, parents, raising children, raising kids, respect, sports
I know this latest Dustinland comic is going to be seen as depressing for most people, especially parents. That’s okay. Sometimes we have to publicly talk about these things. You know, I spend most of my time entertaining people with my comics, making them feel better, distracting them. But the world is full of distractions. And social media is full of people saying “look at me, look what I did, look how great my life is, yay.” But that’s not reality. And that’s not looking at the hard truths that affect our lives. So yes, sorry if I bummed you out, but I do think it’s good to acknowledge some of the darker thoughts we all have from time to time, and maybe that will make us feel a little less alone.
Posted in aging, parenthood
Tagged aging, childhood, children, father, fatherhood, fathers, happiness, kids, life, parenthood, parenting, parents, philosophy, raising children, suburbs
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
In this week’s new Dustinland comic, my kid learns to curse. Oh well. I did do a good job of at least keeping it out of the house for years. But once a few older kids and big brothers come along… well, it’s only a matter of time. May he use them sparingly and appropriately.
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Tagged childhood, children, curse words, cursing, dirty words, father, fatherhood, fathers, kids, parenthood, parenting, parents, profanity, raising children, swear words
This week’s Dustinland comic was quickly drawn, since I am busy. Yet it is still true. However, don’t be confused: I do in fact enjoy parenthood. It’s just funnier to talk about the annoying parts.
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Tagged childhood, children, father, fatherhood, fathers, kids, motherhood, parenthood, parenting, parents, phones, raising children, raising kids, texting
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