Tag Archives: kids

Bad Thoughts

This week’s new Dustinland comic is about how kids’ naive yet very real (in their minds) fears can uncover adults’ more “realistic” and depressing anxieties. It’s actually very reminiscent of an early Matt Groening Life In Hell strip that may have even led to an eventual bit on the Simpsons. Do you know what I’m referring to? I tried to find it via Google image search but couldn’t and stopped looking after about 14 seconds. But yeah, comics. Depression. Hopelessness. Nightmares. Good times.

Bad Idea Genes

This week’s Dustinland comic is based on a true story. This all really did happen on a camping trip I took this past weekend. The main idea of the comic is that sometimes I feel tempted to pursue what I know to be a bad idea. In the case of my camping trip, that involved a large, heavy axe known as a maul.

Fun fact not included in the comic: I did briefly faint in real life after this event! No idea why, it didn’t even really hurt that much. I mean, it did hurt, but more like stubbing your toe really badly or standing up and hitting your head on the corner of a cabinet. But I did feel quite light headed and had to sit down. Gave kiddo quite the scare too! I do feel bad about that but hey, at least he got to try a real axe.

La Parenteria

This week’s new Dustinland comic features meal time at my home, reimagined as if it were a restaurant. Yes, I am the waiter, and my demanding, picky child is the customer. I would imagine we all feel like this at some point, and even my parents probably did so many years ago, despite me being the perfect child.

But yeah, kids don’t eat anything and it’s maddening. Fun times.

Guinea Pigs

This first Dustinland comic of 2021 is about how 2020 made me adopt two guinea pigs. I explain it all in the strip, but basically it was out of guilt due to quarantine boredom and my allergies. So yeah. Furballs. They’re okay. Meh. I kinda like them, but they are also pretty forgettable. I think any pet that stays hidden in a cage all day is just gonna be so-so good even at its best.

At least we have fish. They’re like living decorations.

The Most Wonderful Time

This week’s new Dustinland comic is a musical holiday strip! I recommend bringing up this instrumental so you can sing along.

Note: I am not that miserable about this holiday season! It’s just funnier.

Happy holidays!

A Streaming Pile

This week’s new Dustinland comic is about what it’s like to be a parent stuck at home while your kid watches 6 consecutive hours of YouTubers. And don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind most of the influencers / content creators / whatever in this comic. Sometimes I watch with my son. They can be smart, funny, inventive. I think it’s cool you can make it big these days without the approval of some network of executives and focus groups. BUT… the problem is that the amount. A little YouTube? Okay. But hours of it… kill me. It’s just the same thing over and over and over… and so much yelling… please… more Gravity Falls. More We Bare Bears. More… anything to take away from this monotony.

Home Grueling

Ahhh this new Dustinland comic is NOT about politics for a change. Really nice to take a break from that. Not that I am suggesting it’s time to take a break from caring, but after election season, we all deserve a break.

This week’s strip is about home schooling during quarantine. But it’s not like, super stressful or serious. It’s just good clean fun at the expense of frustrated parents, who would be frustrated anyway by something else, but now it’s this, or that, or the other thing your kid is doing when you’re home together all day. And all winter. Oh boy it’s gonna be a lonngggggg winter.

1 Crazy Summer

This week’s new Dustinland comic is not really a guide to staying sane this summer, but rather a way to vent about how incredibly boring and frustrating it is to stay home with your family for weeks during 90-degree heat. There really is just nothing to do, and the days of “yay let’s do a puzzle” are far behind us. But while I complain in the strip in what I hope is a wacky relatable way you’ll all appreciate and share with your friends on your 78 social media accounts, in reality, I do try to have little things — little routines with kiddo especially — that keep things interesting and keep us from going nuts. My favorite is our weekly “snack attack”, where we go to 7-11 or CVS and I simply let my 8-year-old son buy whatever he wants. It’s good times — although it does result in what I mention in #2 of this week’s strip. Oh well, gotta give ourselves a break this year!

It All Adds Up

This new Dustinand comicis about how hard it is to WFH while taking care of your kids. Or really, while home schooling your kids. And boy, second grade math sure has changed! You know, I went to a specialized math and science high school for the top nerds in NYC, I did pretty well on my SATs, and even I have to read my 8-year-old’s math questions multiple times before I can even try to explain how he should be answering them. I’m sure there is a science to all of this, but man, it ain’t easy. And I have a job.

They’re Listening

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…