Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A Year of Parenting




You can order a poster of this comic at my shop.

181 comments:

Joyce said...

I love this!!

the dogs' mother said...

Adorable :-)
But I have to say try it with twins...

Alberto said...

Beautiful! My sister had her baby almost a year ago and She will totally agree with you.
I felt sometimes as you describe and I'm just his uncle.

Ted Chan said...

This strip is awesome. Living this right now...best time of my life though!

hellomynameisscott said...

love it. the "me to we" thing is beautiful. I'm there right now

The Old Wolf said...

So lovely and so true. Been through that three times, and as hard as it was, I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. Even if it meant having to read "Goodnight Moon" a thousand times more.

Keli said...

It's been a while for me.. my baby is 9 years old now, but I remember those days like they were yesterday. Each season passes quickly. Enjoy every moment and thanks for the reminder. Your 'me' to 'we' illustration is beautiful and spot on.

Winwin said...

I have to say, this is really cute. That said, a poodle is not an object and I strongly disagree with that part.

Guillaume said...

This is beautiful and touching.

Anonymous said...

I love being child free. None of this crap applies. The only thing I get to do is whatever the hell I want.

Sheryl said...

You are brilliant! I wish you were in the daily paper.

Anonymous said...

The Dogs mother: We did! Grant is a twin.

Anonymous said...

First anonymous you're right! You're on the Me part! That's the whole point! We(parents) were all there once. Winwin.. I agree a dog is not an object but that is not what he meant. I have a minidachsund and I chuckled when I saw that BC it is true.
It's ALL true lol my little one is almost 2

Anonymous said...

For what it's worth, the author of Olivia (the pig with the stripey shirt) does have a couple of kids.

brilliant said...

i know exactly what you mean! my best friend had her first 3 years ago and I feel ive been through all of that and more

nocthilaris said...

It's beautiful, your illustration is soooo true. :) God Bless.

nocthilaris said...

Beautiful. And very true. :) God Bless.

Lail | With A Spin said...

This is hilarious. I have a 2 year old so can relate totally.

Kreatorem said...

I'm not a parent, but after I saw this I can't wait!

My name is Wanita, and this is my story... said...

this is beautiful :)

My name is Wanita, and this is my story... said...

this is beautiful :)

molinos said...

"Me to We" is the most beautiful thing yo have ever draw.

And now in spanish. Tener hijos te vuelve la vida del revés, para lo bueno y para lo malo y hay que saber ver las dos cosas.

smriti talwar said...

my life's summary....
m loving it

Serendipity said...

Lovely lovely.. How so very true!!!

Lian Tombing said...

Ha ha.. Very very true.

I like the ending part, ME to WE

Praveen said...

Absolutely beautiful! love it.

Mantlin said...

Tutto perfettamente vero!

Suman Mehta said...

Awesome!!! Love it!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome

Anonymous said...

my name is Luka I live on the 2nd floor

svenjo72dpi said...

My live right now... as a comic! :-)

Marc Robinson said...

I love this! I've been a #newdad for 13 months now and 98.5% of this story applies to me. Wouldn't change a thing, tho. (murakami is the other 1.5%)

Leszek said...

just awesome truth!

Manasa said...

Absolutely true!!

Anonymous said...

I never heard my parents and parents in law talk about us this way. I am sure it is not that their kids were different. I think they were different!, and most loving! That is not to say parents of today are not loving.

Erry Hakim said...

oh my...that is so true...i feel that...

Anonymous said...

Lovely :)All the parents will be always caring for their kids even if they grow old.

Eyvind said...

@winwin, Two things: First, it's a figure of speech. Like the other examples, the poodle is an entity upon which the baby is acting which will then react. Second, the choices in the context are Person and Object. The poodle is not a person, therefore it is an object - and here is where I strongly disagree with you.

N LeFer said...

Mine would be modified slightly to fit my single parent situation. Especially the Me - We part.

George said...

N Lefer, you and your child (children) aren't "we"?

myhobby said...

brilliant.. i liked the way it simplified the tough transition from ME to WE

Felix Trull said...

Congratulations, Grant! You win.

aborrowedbackpack said...

Sooper awesome !!!

Tech Guru said...

Loved it. This is happening with 'us' right now. And I am loving it. I am quite surprised that I am not the only one to think in 'those' directions.

TrinityLog said...

The whole segment is delightful, but your last frame is a wonderful and powerful illustration what it means to truly "grow up."

Deport tee said...

oh my...that is so true...i feel that... hahaha

Andrew Wan said...

I love the last part...simply beautiful!

Vijay Prasad said...

amazing and so true.. jut love it.

angela said...

What a lovely post! Turning the "ME" into "WE" is so clever, I love it :) Thanks for sharing! I really enjoy your work.

combatcanary said...

Funny! And like @the dogs' mother said, try it with twins :) Double the fun!!

Estêvão said...

Genious! Just perfect! Says a dad from south of Brazil.

Estêvão said...

Genious! Just perfect, very realistic! Says a parent from Brazil... So it seems to be the same everywhere.

Unknown said...

Exactly what i felt... Thanks for the drawing.

Pavan kalyan said...

Absolutely right!!!

Anonymous said...

... and doesb't get better! :D

Zoey Huerta said...

I don't have kids, but this certainly reached my heart.

cEro said...

I also wanna be a parent someday..

Vims said...

I loved this cartoon. I pity the poor father!! At the same time its nice that today's fathers' are willingly contributing to raise their kid in a safe environment and the burden of feeding, nappy change is shared by Father's. Well Done!

Vims said...

I loved this cartoon. I pity the poor father!! At the same time its nice that today's fathers' are willingly contributing to raise their kid in a safe environment and the burden of feeding, nappy change is shared by Father's. Well Done!

Amit Bordekar said...

This is the most awesome presenatiaon of Parenthood. Its easy to realise when you are going throught it.....

Rajesh M said...

this is truely awesome. U have got it all right. Love this

sangeetha menon said...

Beautiful .. reality

novi susanto said...

wonderfull---> uncle of two nieces n one nephew from working parents....ToT

shiva botchu said...

I am going to be a parent in 6 months time and I am getting jitters .... Many such questions cross my mind, whether I would be a good parent, How will we be able to stay awake through the night and so on..... But seems like God has made this cycle to realize and appreciate our parents....

Madhukar Reddy Kommera said...

I am also a parent like one child you shown....
i agree with you.. thanx for this

Anonymous said...

Perfect demo reaching 'M'-'W'(if) limit 2 saying 'Dilli ki laddu';best entertainment no tools tackles need ;but ,never for awe-inspire remaining childless to enjoy live demo.

Anonymous said...

That's true!!! I was Me now turned to We...

Anonymous said...

You win my day. Such a nice thing..

Keef said...

Rock on, mah man!

Dace Strautkalne said...

So true! Love!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Thank you for this piece of poetry...

snydez said...

yes, true!
all true! :D

Anonymous said...

Now my kids are both grown ups I MISSED the situations.
Thanks for the brilliance of your pictures! Nothing could describe better.

Raushni said...

beautiful :D

Michael said...

Thank you so much for this comic! Coincidentaly our little girl is one year old today, and I really feel the change from "me" to "we" as her personality continues to emerge.

Anonymous said...

i'm never having kids

Fiona said...

Beautiful! I love the ending :)

Kostas Chouzouris said...

Amazing strip!!
I'm there right now, my daughter will be 1 year old in a few days.
Everything is so true, I felt as if you were describing my everyday life!

Ann Grubbs 'n Critters said...

one of the coolest thing I have ever seen and oh-so-true! low the me to we. i am your new fan - and re-blogging this! :)

Ashish Shrivastava said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Ashish Shrivastava said...

True and nicely described. We are completing that one year tomorrow and can relate each and every moment with these pictures. Me2We was nice. Also i like that 'Nap time' :-). You are a nice guy and lovely artist!!

Anonymous said...

Really its very nice which i am going thru it in real life.... .Thanks for sharing..Deb

Anonymous said...

What, I'm not the only one with the "Is she still breathing?" :)

Daniel Owino Ogweno said...

Genious! Beautifully captured both in words and in pictures

Anonymous said...

Love it. Greetings from Nairobi Kenya.

Anonymous said...

it has been forty years since i became a parent - and this still makes so much sense!

Barbara said...

Love it! Greeting from Tuscany!

www.amordebatmami.com said...

amazing! WE!

Pablo and Nacho's Dad said...

Nice Strip!. For twins, just multiply it by 2.5. That .5 is the "do things twice BUT at the same time AND in different places".

Enjoy those unique feelings

Anonymous said...

Moral of the story is always use a condom. Always.

Sebastiano Moruzzi said...

Simply great and realistic! Greeting from Bologna (Italy)

Sreeji's Photography said...

Absolute delight and simplistic approach to real life...

srinivasa appana said...

this is superb especially ME went WE awesome idea and true

thepetersonsclan said...

so so true !

Anonymous said...

Wow. Spot on. Thanks for writing from a dad's perspective. The ending is exactly how I feel about my wife.

Admin said...

The Universal truth for both of them

Anonymous said...

Funny, I came to a similar conclusion after having a kid. http://jasonsturgill.com/96613/862211/work/we-not-me

Andrew and Vicki said...

"the dogs mother"
Twins? try it with three kids...

three kids? try it with 4 kids...

etc etc

IT'S NOT A COMPETITION!

Itoriachi said...

Four facts: 1) you're a genious 2) I love my wife 3) I love my daughter 4) I love WE :)

Anonymous said...

Love this! Someone shared this as my first kid turned 1. Lovely!

Mircea Domsa said...

This is a comic about my life .... only 6 months and already upside down

Greetings!!!

How do we know said...

here is my lessons from a year of parenting:
1. before he cries, he tries.
2. language is utterly and completely unnecessary. my child gets me to do whatever the hell he wants without using a single word.

Grant said...

Thanks for all the comments! I appreciate the overwhelming response to this comic. :)

Cordiaz said...

Love the comic. Thats so true.

Adelma said...

Thank you. I read this laughing and crying at the same time. Beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Make this a poster, please!

Makoto said...

this is dreadful, I rather have dogs..

Pamela said...

Me to We, simply genius! teared up when i saw that frame..compliments from a proud Bolivian mommy :)

Sheetal said...

Absolutely agree with this, it's been my life frame to frame. My tot is now 5 years:-)

Anonymous said...

love it too much, thank in advances

Sarah J said...

Wonderful!! Especially the last one, so beautifully said.

luisa paternicò said...

It's gonna be one year of parenting in 5 days and every single bit of this strip is so true! Thanks to make it funny! :)

Akshay said...

sooo true :)) 8 months now and rolling :) :)

Lychee Fred Springman said...

Thanks.
Leaves me sit straight and think.
The last piece is the best.
Thanks again.

Naveen said...

:)

Anonymous said...

brilliantly drawn up. I love the bath time-meal time-bed time. lov the "is she warm enough" as I have found myself covering uncovering re covering re uncovering re-re covering and re-re uncovering etc etc so manytimes.. lov the me to we.... lov the everything. I am not the only one whose life has changed from "young me" to "mama we"... with no regrets at all! God bless

fede said...

Wonderful! My baby is 9 months old, and it's really like that! But it's incredible feeling to be a part of WE. I wish everybody to have that!

Adarsh Kumar said...

awesome !! "ME to WE" is the best part.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant. Truly brilliant.

Anonymous said...

I really love this!!!!
<3

Anonymous said...

Really Loved this..... Am going through the same situation now..... Enjoyin each bit of this...

Eva Høydalsvik said...

beautiful!

Julia said...

Can't stop reading!

Anonymous said...

Love u

Melissa said...

Just a quick comment - first for the artist - beautiful. And then one for all the new parents - get ready now! My baby just recently turned 36, and I still have those fears. Being a parent is forever.

Anes Zaidi said...

Awesome!!!

CFG said...

For all those folks who read this and feel the need to share that they are never having kids - please, don't have them. No one wants you to. The last thing this world needs is more bad parents. Please leave the parenting to people like Grant Snider, who are good parents.

melody joy said...

i really loved this alot :)

Anonymous said...

Came across this on 9gag. So beautful, Grant! Thank you for this! - A Loving Mom to a Loving Father

P.S. - The "We" frame....amazing to show the transition into parenthood/marriage.

Anonymous said...

Wow. CFG is a total ass.

unaterapeutatemprana said...

Wonderful!!

Anonymous said...

Agree with CFG

Allison Hammond said...

Baha this is great! Love the last set of frames.

Anonymous said...

True, but second time around you know better.

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I teach AP Lit and find your literary drawings fantastic. Can I post a few on my class blog?

Abdur Chowdhury said...

Almost all happening..she is only 16 months..lot of things to learn

Amir Ahmad Seifi said...

Good job thanks

Anonymous said...

Better be single.Such a horrible experience.No life atall :(

Nimi said...

Loved it,,,true indeed :-)

ClaesOf53 said...

Wonderful! I especially like the "ME" which turns into "WE". I will share this with several of my already/soon to be parents.

frealy said...

it's adorable huh..


http://mfhadil11u.student.ipb.ac.id/

Anonymous said...

Having a child changes YOU!!

Anonymous said...

Parenthood changes YOU!!

Sebastian said...

Es genial, tal cual. Sobre todo el tema del miedo y del ego. Saludos.

Gregoria said...

funny and touching.

Anonymous said...

OMG I love the "me to we" at the end… Congratulations, and best wishes for the next year!

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with someone else here that has twins. My daughter has twins and it is an almost impossible existance for her. She is like a walking zombie.

Fatima Mookhtiar said...

Absolutely loved this illustration. The fears section is so me! And love the 'Me to We'. Thanks.

odinka said...

Really nice comic:)

My children are teenagers and I almost has forgotten how this is in the beggining:)

Still if you have 2 or more children, with second, third,... things change.

As Keli said: Enjoy every moment while they are so small. As they grow, they spend less and less time with us (and that's ok).


RolandThomas said...

Great father of a 18 monthes old little girl I enjoy to help parents and feel reset time made by the little daughter into her grand-father's clock.
Comics nice to read. Enjoyment and happyness.

Anonymous said...

This is so so true...loved this strip :)

appignanesi said...

Bellissima.... Il finale è geniale e ti scalda il cuore... Bravo!!!

Very Nice indeed... The finale part is great and warm up your heart!!!
Bravo!!!!

Anonymous said...

Amazing.. and super True!!

Unknown said...

AWESOME!!
This is the animated way of how i Feel everyday as a parent!!

Cheryl R. said...

Totally concur with all of the above... and I wish I could tell ya it gets better as they get older, but alas, I would be lying. At least you have a wife to help you with the baby. I know it's not a competition, but imagine doing that for 7+ years, without a spouse and without financial support from family or the baby daddy, whilst working full time and paying for the obviously needed child care. Oy. I might have to be off to the Looney Bin soon.

I will enjoy sharing this with all my friends who THINK they want kids and have absolutely no idea what it's really like. Kudos sir! And good luck to you! :)

Harmyne said...

I certainly can relate this stuff!

Anonymous said...

berk!

Anonymous said...

As much as I liked the strip, I feel I need to criticize that me->we -part. You might already realize I do not have kids, and those who think I am therefore not "grown-up" and able to have mature opinions, you don't need to read further ;) It _really_ hurts when someone considers the child free/childless persons automatically as selfish (me, me, me..) just because they do not have children of their own. There are also other aspects of life where one can act in a non-selfish way besides parenting. People that don't have children have time and energy for example for volunteering or taking care of other family members besides kids. The world would in fact be a better place if our circle of people that we care about would expand far beyond the walls of our own homes. --Jenni

Anonymous said...

i feel like i was not like this when i was an infant?
But guess what, all the trouble i probably gave my parents, are coming back to me though my kids. Talk about 'Taste of your own medicine.'

Anonymous said...

I am going through that phase and I am loving it.....,,,happy,sad,and funny moments of life..

voGenesia said...

But, after all, you fell inexplicably happy!!!! ...And always tired!!!

emlsuites.com said...

Very funny but VERRRY True. I was told it'd be like ds n I laughed impossible..... But eventually reality caught up wit me. I hope some single guys also read this. Congratulations dads...

Richa said...

Simply awesome and so very true.

livroseoutrasfelicidades said...

Greeeeat!

宋慧星 said...

I see the these comics by a hot link. I am be a father recently. This comic has struck a responsive chord in my heart. Thank you and best wishes to your baby.

Josh W said...

Spot on - 6months in and I can completely relate. Despite the sacrifice and tough days it is the best thing in the world to be a Dad.

Anonymous said...

I found the last part "from ME to We" horribly offensive for your partner. Meaning that you were not a WE before having a baby? you mean you were all about yourself ME when were only the two of you? Ewwwww I hope the person I will have kids with would never ever do this to me

Lainie Anderson said...

Couldn't have said it better, such a fun wrap on the journey of parenting.

Sreerej said...

How did you know about my life?!! It's the same :o)

Suraj said...

so true

Paola said...

It would be nice to have a cartoon with more positive aspects of parenting…not only at the end…e.g. the sense of achievements we feel as parents when the child achieves something, the feeling of being proud for small things, the new joy of simple discoveries...

Anonymous said...

It is really true.

kittu said...

i love it beb, true mostly

Dana said...

Awesome and so true...

Matt Styles said...

Absolutely stunning work, yet another one on my 'need to buy' list!

manoharparanjape said...

Really an astute noting & expression exact of the experience / observation!!!

Anonymous said...

Only in the pic showing 2 parent but in real live most of the time only one parent do all of it.

Vinish Unni Kuttan said...

lol... its awesome...:)

ProfessorTrainBoat said...

This is fantastic. Great work!

Anonymous said...

And it all starts with sexy time!

Julia M. C-G said...

This is fantastic, and I absolutely love the ending. So sweet and well done.