Tag Archives: toddlers

PJ Day

Explaining the concept of death to little kids is interesting. As I allude in this week’s Dustinland comic, kids don’t really seem to grasp it. Or at least they don’t get it when they haven’t been exposed to it. My son seems to have a trivial view on the matter. He gets what it means, but he clearly doesn’t understand that death is a pretty big deal. But I think that’s a good thing. I’m in no rush to have my little guy well aware of life’s many harsh realities. He’s still young and naive and the world is a fun and exciting place. He has plenty of time to get bummed out over death and taxes and all sorts of inevitable miseries. For now, it’s play time.

Daycare Bullies

I don’t know if it’s fair to call a three-year-old a bully, but you can certainly say he’s on the right path. As I say in this week’s Dustinland comic, it’s hard teaching your kids to stick up for themselves. A lot of it seems to be within them, at least at an early age. My kid is sort of nice and sensitive, just like I was. I’m trying to toughen him up a little, but it doesn’t seem to be working. He’s just a nice guy who doesn’t like to get physical in a violent way. Except with me, I guess. He has no problem punching me in the nuts or kicking me in the face. Happens quite often, and usually unprovoked. Maybe that’s the answer. “Just pretend the mean boy is daddy.”

Burning Marshmallow

Another week when I didn’t have to think about a new comic idea! Kiddo just said something and suddenly I had my comic. Man, he’s good, that little guy. Full of gems. I do like the combination of a child’s fresh perspective on the world combined with the unique way they look at words. They put things together in weird ways that are not entirely wrong, yet completely surprising and original. Poop is another fascination to them, and I have to admit, poop is weird. If you really think about it, that is. Not suggesting that you do, but if you did, it gets weird.

Poop.

Two Mommies

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.

Insanity

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.

Neutral

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.

Parenthood New Year’s Eve

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!