Sometimes I don’t have to think about a comic. Something just happens in my life and I basically record it in comic form. That’s what happens in this week’s Dustinland comic. Just a conversation between me, the wife and the kiddo. A conversation about having two mommies.
My favorite part is that my wife is so keen about explaining the two daddies/two mommies thing, and this was her first chance to do it, and of course little man flips it on her in such a perfect way. Kids. Gotta love em.
As I say in this week’s Dustinland comic, having kids really is great, even though it sometimes drives you insane. But overall it’s totally worth it. This particular strip was driven by a particularly difficult bedtime that in total took over an hour and a half. You really do feel like you’re losing your grip on reality when you spend so much time arguing with a completely irrational creature that is only a fraction of your size and strength, yet somehow is able to control so much of what you do.
But I really do like to get soon-to-be parents excited about it. I hate those parents who try to scare you with that whole ” your whole life is about to be over” thing. Even if you believe it, why would you put that on other people who are trying to balance nervous anxiety with joyous excitement? I guess you could say that’s exactly what I’m doing with this comic, but hey, I needed a quick joke on a Sunday night.
Like I allude to in this week’s Dustinland comic, it’s so funny watching every parent try to raise their kid gender neutral. I tried with mine. You know, no pink or blue. Dolls or trucks. That sort of thing. It’s a nice thought. The funny part comes when you realize it doesn’t seem to matter much. Kids just gravitate toward what they want, no matter what you do.
I have a friend with two boys. He’s a big time comic book nerd. His boys are following in his footsteps. They then had a girl. Not only did they try to raise her gender neutral, if anything, she was surrounded by action figures and super heroes, so it was basically the reverse. The result? Today she won’t leave the house without a princess dress.
My kid was the same way. I never told him what to like. He just went for trains, trucks, “shooters” and every other cliche boy thing. There’s just something in there, in their DNA that makes boys and girls like certain things. It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t leave it up to them or that we shouldn’t fight against traditional gender stereotypes. That’s all good too. But future parents — be ready to not be too surprised.
Posted in parenthood
Tagged babies, children, dad, fatherhood, gender, gender neutral, kids, parenthood, parenting, sex, toddlers
Happy New Year everyone! This final Dustinland comic of 2015 highlights what’s in store for all the parents of small children out there – and it’s not a late night of dining, dancing and drinking.
Enjoy and thanks for the support! See you all in 2016!
Posted in holidays
Tagged 2015, 2016, children, dad, dadhood, father, fatherhood, holiday, holidays, kids, new years, new years eve, nye2016, parenthood, parenting, parents, raising kids, toddlers
I have a much deeper comic in mind regarding the subject of this week’s Dustinland strip, however, I have been reading this book about Bob Mankoff and New Yorker cartoons, and it has inspired this one-panel approach. Perhaps a bit darker and more graphic than what you’d find in The NYer but hey, you gotta have your own style.
Posted in parenthood, Uncategorized
Tagged children, comic strip, dad, dadhood, dads, fatherhood, kids, parenthood, parenting, raising kids, The New Yorker, toddler, toddlers
Yeah, like I say in this week’s Dustinland comic, kids are messy. But that’s a give, and the strip isn’t really about that. The strip is about parental reactions to the mess. There are so many levels. You can give in and sacrifice your home to their toys and clutter. You can be a tyrant and force them to be as minimal as you are in your belongings. You can shove all their crap into a basement toy zone. But either way, you have to deal with it, and that requires some sort of decision or strategy, whether conscious or not.
Oh and in unrelated news, Birdy is back (at least temporarily).
I’ve been so tired from a week of messed up daylight savings time, I’m posting my latest Dustinland comic 24 hours late for the second week in a row! Now, daylight savings doesn’t bother me, but like I say in the comic, it doesn’t even exist to my three-year-old. And THAT’S a problem. Because he used to wake up around 7:00, and now that has become 6:00. Big difference. Oh, me so sleepy. Me nap-nap long time.
How do these kids wake up so quickly? Like I say in this week’s Dustinland comic, they’re like robots. There’s an on mode and an off mode, and that’s pretty much it. Me, waking up is a slow process. I ease into it. Him—nope. Eyes closed, eyes open. LET’S. DO. THIS.
And man, I gotta tell you, it is hard playing with trains from 6:30 am – 8:00 am on a Monday. I love the kiddo and every minute is precious but sometimes I wouldn’t mind if he’d wake up a little later, pour me a cup of coffee and ask me to help him with the Times crossword.
Posted in parenthood
Tagged children, dad, father, fatherhood, kids, parenthood, parenting, parents, raising kids, toddler, toddlers
Yup. This week’s Dustinland comic. It happened. The action was less magical than the quote though. And together, wow. You gotta love it. I mean, I don’t enjoy being slapped in the face and I try to discourage it but sometimes you laugh too hard to get mad.
The title of this week’s Dustinland comic was sort of tricky to write from a copy point of view. But that’s okay, I think you get the point. It’s just me running around acting like a petulant three-year-old. Fun times.
I’d write more here but it’s 7:37 am.
Until next time then, farewell. I love you all dearly.