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24 Hilariously Honest Comics That Capture The Parenting Experience

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A lot of the time, taking care of your children can be incredibly stressful. Thankfully there are brilliant and rare artists out there like Yllya, who not only use their gifts to illustrate what it’s like to be a parent, but also pair this with humor that is so true to life that these comics are downright hilarious!
A lot of the time, taking care of your children can be incredibly stressful. Thankfully there are brilliant and rare artists out there like Yllya, who not only use their gifts to illustrate what it’s like to be a parent, but also pair this with humor that is so true to life that these comics are downright hilarious!
1) Sometimes The Kids Aren’t Your Children: In this 4 panel series, Yllya showcases that although our children can add to our already gigantic pile of stress, sometimes it’s our spouses that take the risks that are usually attributed to our children. You just can’t stop someone who’s a child-at-heart from going out to play as well!

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2) Bedtime is Stresstime: Trying to get young children to go to bed can always be a challenging endeavour. Especially if you have a very strong willed and independent thinking toddler! You might think that children are our prisoners, but Yllya takes this concept to the next level and delivers us with a punchline that makes us think otherwise!

13) Food Differences We’ll Never Understand: For reasons that are far behind our level of comprehension, sometimes our children hate foods that we’ve loved for years. Despite our best efforts, we can never seem to get them to enjoy it. It doesn’t even compute! Who DOESN’T love pizza? … or Bread… or fries… or mashed potatoes. The list is endless. We may never know why our kids don’t like the foods we love.

24) Goodbye Sleep!: Any new parent can tell you that a ‘full night’s rest’ is the talk of pure legend. It just doesn’t exist anymore. Gone are the days of sleeping in till 11:00 am on a Saturday. Now, you need to wake up and smell the responsibility. Yllya makes a hysterical comparison in this comic about what living with a toddler AND a household pet is really like.

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5) Childhood Skill Improvements Can Be Scary: Sometimes we get to marvel at how fast our children grow. It’s so much fun to watch them take their first steps, tie their shoes, and ride a bike. We can live vicariously through them and our own experiences. Then there’s the odd moment where the prospect of them using their skills to highlight our own weaknesses, to which our reply is… “YIKES!”

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6) Strong Willed Children Are A Force To Be Reckoned With: There’s just no changing the minds of strong willed children. They want to do it their way, and figure out how to do it without any help from an adult. It’s a way of feeling independent for children. Yllya makes it clear how funny it is to watch this happen sometimes.

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7) Parents… A Child’s Personal Tissue: Sometimes children are so blissfully unaware of their own messiness that they take to your clothing or personal belongings without care at all. ‘Why is my iPad covered in syrup?” you might ask yourself. Sometimes we think that maybe even they do it on purpose, especially if they’re sick and have a runny nose. New blouse? … Now it’s a kleenex!

38) They Grow So Fast: It’s hard to deal with how fast your children go before your very eyes. One minute they’re asking you to cut up their chicken, the next minute they’re taking their first driving test. It’s the little things we have a hard time letting go of, as Yllya so perfectly illustrates here.

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9) The Urge To Protect Is High: Any parent can tell you that they worry about their children’s clothing when it comes to the outdoors, especially in the winter. You want to bundle them up so much, that, well, they become more of a walking marshmallow than a child with all of their layers!

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10) Unforeseen Dangers: You’re out with your child at the park and everything seems hunky dory. The next minute, you’re fending off hoards of creatures out to get your child. Yllya knows exactly what this is like, taking her own child out to the park to feed the birds. Absolutely Hilarious.

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11) Pets — The Before And After: Sometimes the arrival of a new family member can be stressful for certain household pets. They start acting up, or they change their attitude and become more caregiving. Regardless of the matter, toddlers tend to take many liberties with animals, including involving them in all sorts of play. Some animals take it better than others…

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12) Love/Hate Animal Relationships: As mentioned before, sometimes pets have a love for their child owners, and sometimes… well, it’s more of a mutual respect than affection. A lot of pets, especially cats, are indifferent towards children, hoping to avoid them altogether! Yllya hilariously gives her own cat a lot of personality.

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13) Time Away From Kids Is Precious: You set up an elaborate weekend away for your child with her grandparents. You can FINALLY do all the amazing, wonderful things you’ve been wanting to do with your partner. However, more often than not you spend this time doing absolutely nothing, and it’s amazing.

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14) Childhood Imagination Or Supernatural Reality?: There are times when your children end up scaring you more than you expected. You child may be having a night terror, you go into their room, and they tell you to watch out for the shadow behind you. Everyone knows that children can have wild imaginations, but there’s always that tiny part of you that wonders if maybe they’re speaking a truth rather than fiction.

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15) Appearances Can Be Deceiving: More often than not, it’s usually when you try to enjoy yourself that you tend to forget what your child is currently up to. You might be enjoying a TV show in your pyjamas, when suddenly you discover your child has opened a can of hot chocolate powder and made the kitchen her personal sandbox! Yllya captures this moment of bliss before the storm perfectly.

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16) Curiosity: A lot of children begin to notice the difference between the sexes at an early age, and begin asking so many questions it can make your head spin. Other times, children are very keen observers. When it comes to potty training or discussions about private parts, kids can hilariously come to their own conclusions!

817) The Miracle Of Pregnancy: Yllya like so many other mothers, has experienced the miracle of pregnancy, where the body’s hormones and antibodies develop to protect the child which also protect the mother as well. Yllya illustrates of what this transition away from pregnancy into motherhood can be like using a great sense of humor.

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18) Childhood Bribery: Sometimes children get really hilarious and fantastic ideas of a rewards system for doing a job well done. Whether this comes from another parent or a teacher or a grandparent, they get an idea and run with it as Yllya hilariously describes in this scene from her life.

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19) Sick Children Means No Sleep: Any parent can tell you that it’s nearly impossible to get any sleep when your child is sick. From the worry to the need to watch them all night, this will always keep you awake. This is especially true if you decide to keep your child in your own bed. Unless you own a king sized mattress, your faces can become their personal footrest all night!

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20) Relaxation Can Be Impossible: Just when you think you can get away from your kids for a few minutes, they come barging into your me-time, reminding you that your first and only job for the foreseeable future will always be a parent. Yllya tries to relax in this comic, but as you can see, this isn’t such an easy task!

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21) The Comic That Started It All: According to Yllya, this is the comic that started it all. It showcases how traumatic being trapped in an elevator with your child who thinks of it more as a game rather than scary. Yllya shows us how humor can be a great remedy or treatment to any bad situation.

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22) Going Anywhere Is A Struggle: Children have a miraculous way of interfering with our personal belongings. You might be at a Doctor’s office reaching into your purse for a pen, only to find it filled with bath toys. Sometimes kids will even take things out of your purse, as Yllya demonstrates in this comic.

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23) Time With Your Spouse Is Great: Having kids can leave you with what some call ‘foggy brain’ a made-up but relatable condition where your brain is filled with nothing except information that pertains to your children. Yllya explains her own problem with not being able to place actor’s names with their faces.

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24) Kids Say The Darnedest Things: Overall, having children is an experience that can be both challenging and rewarding. Sometimes they surprise you with humor and insight you never thought possible. It’s times like this that Yllya captures perfectly in this comic that shows how hilarious it can be to have a child.

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21) The Comic That Started It All: According to Yllya, this is the comic that started it all. It showcases how traumatic being trapped in an elevator with your child who thinks of it more as a game rather than scary. Yllya shows us how humor can be a great remedy or treatment to any bad situation.

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22) Going Anywhere Is A Struggle: Children have a miraculous way of interfering with our personal belongings. You might be at a Doctor’s office reaching into your purse for a pen, only to find it filled with bath toys. Sometimes kids will even take things out of your purse, as Yllya demonstrates in this comic.

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23) Time With Your Spouse Is Great: Having kids can leave you with what some call ‘foggy brain’ a made-up but relatable condition where your brain is filled with nothing except information that pertains to your children. Yllya explains her own problem with not being able to place actor’s names with their faces.

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24) Kids Say The Darnedest Things: Overall, having children is an experience that can be both challenging and rewarding. Sometimes they surprise you with humor and insight you never thought possible. It’s times like this that Yllya captures perfectly in this comic that shows how hilarious it can be to have a child.

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