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You might remember our recent article filled with hilarious reality, "15 parenting comics that are almost too real."

Well, cartoonist and father of two Brian Gordon — who has an incredible ability to take the mundane and sometimes madding moments of parenthood and turn them into duck illustrations that leave you saying, "YES! This is my life!" and then laughing hysterically about it — shared another 17 of his Fowl Language Comics gems with us.

Gordon told me the best part about what he does is creating humor from real life that resonates with people — "[It] feels great to share a laugh over a mutual struggle," he said.


Once again, these parenting comics are perfect because they're so accurate.

"I love my kids more than life itself, but I find no joy reminding them for the millionth time to flush the toilet and wash their gross little hands," Gordon told me. Yep, he gets it.

When it comes to parenting, sometimes that saying is true: If we don't laugh, we'll cry. Parenting is awesome and difficult, the best thing and the hardest thing. And if we can't find the humor in it, it's a long, long journey.

So here's a little humor to shorten that journey a bit:

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All comics are shared here with Gordon's express permission. If you love any (or all!) of them, you can also find a second different-but-related and equally hilarious "bonus" comic that goes with each by clicking the "bonus" link below the comic. Original. Bonus.

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We're not saying car seat safety isn't important. It is! But let's be honest: This is really accurate. Original. Bonus. (This bonus is especially funny.)

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This one actually isn't funny, but it's so true and it's so real, and it's what we're all aiming for, right? In light of some of the difficult things that have been happening around the world, it's a nice note to end on.

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Here's what Brian had to say about the last comic:

"I'm not actually trying to shirk all responsibility onto the kids or say that folks without kids can't do as much as anyone else. I'm just feeling overwhelmed by the day-to-day tragedies, both big and small. You listen to a song like Imagine and it just feels like a kick in the gut. Like ... yeah — why can't we just get our collective shit together and stop being so horrible to one another? Wildly naive, I know. But at the end of the day, I'm just trying to be one of the kind ones, and raise a couple more for backup."

And that's the thing — through all of the mundane stuff, the fun stuff, the hard stuff, the amazing stuff — that's what we're all trying to do: raise great kids.

Here's to keeping our senses of humor while we're doing it.

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Perhaps this victory comes as no surprise, considering that the Mayyas had previously won “Arab’s Got Talent” in 2019 and competed on “Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions.” But truly, it’s what motivates them to take to the stage that’s remarkable.

“Lebanon is a very beautiful country, but we live a daily struggle," one of the dancers said to the judges just moments before their audition. Another explained, “being a dancer as a female Arab is not fully supported yet.”

Nadim Cherfan, the team’s choreographer, added that “Lebanon is not considered a place where you can build a career out of dancing, so it’s really hard, and harder for women.”

Still, Cherfan shared that it was a previous “AGT” star who inspired the Mayyas to defy the odds and audition anyway. Nightbirde, a breakout singer who also earned a golden buzzer before tragically passing away in February 2021 due to cancer, had told the audience, “You can't wait until life isn't hard anymore before you decide to be happy.” The dance team took the advice to heart.

For the Mayyas, coming onto the “AGT” stage became more than an audition opportunity. Getting emotional, one of the dancers declared that it was “our only chance to prove to the world what Arab women can do, the art we can create, the fights we fight.”

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