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The reality of parenting, brought to life in these 13 funny illustrations.

Ah, the wonders and joy of parenting ... with a 'keepin' it real' comedic twist.

What do nonsensical arguments, early morning wake-up calls, and an uncanny ability to slow down time have in common? Kids!

Adrienne Hedger is a writer and illustrator who's been drawing cartoons her whole life. She's also a mom with a clever sense of humor who publishes hilarious, lighthearted illustrations as Hedger Humor daily.

From incessant whining from her kids about things she can’t possibly control to the shameless joy she gets running errands without them — nothing is off limits in Hedger's witty comic series.


She keeps it real. A lot of parents can surely relate to her quirky take on being a parent. She says a lot of the inspiration for her work comes straight from life. Hedger has a husband; two daughters, ages 10 and 13; and a dog.

"This crew just keeps delivering new material. I'll see them do something and I'll yell, 'Hold on! That's a cartoon!' then I'll dash off to write it down," she says.

Here are 13 comics that show the good, the bad, and the funny parenting has to offer:

1. Truth time! How many of you also revel in this?

All illustrations by Adrienne Hedger, featured with permission.

2. Flying solo vs. taking the kids.

3. So what if it's years down the road — at least you've set a date!

4. File this under "Things Parents Cannot Control."

5. Go ahead and file this one right after that.

6. When you need to verify that it's your kid they're talking about...

7. NEVER underestimate the power of a good, stern "dad voice."

8. Nice try, kid.  

9. Why can't they turn it "on" when you want them to?

10. This just means you think of the dog as a family member, right?

11. Sometimes kids see things parents can't with the naked eye.

12. A car-limousine combo could be a parent's best friend.

13. When it dawns on you that you're the adult.

"I want my cartoons to create a sense of we're all in this together, and we may as well laugh about it," Hedger says.

Her favorite thing is when she creates an illustration and wonders if anyone else can relate. Once she posts it and the comments start rolling in, she realizes her observations are, indeed, universal.

Sure, having kids can be messy, stressful, and sometimes daunting. But it doesn't make being a parent any less worth it, does it?

Quite the contrary. All these realistic parenting scenarios are what make family life exciting, too. That's why these "funny cause they're true" comics celebrate some of the challenging, albeit funny, experiences that come with being a parent.

Hedger wants moms and dads who read her comics to feel more connected and perhaps relieved that they're not alone in the parenting game.

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Man uses TikTok to offer 'dinner with dad' to any kid that needs one, even adult ones

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud.

Come for the food, stay for the wholesomeness.

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud. His TikTok channel is dedicated to giving people intimate conversations they might long to have with their own father, but can’t. The most popular is his “Dinner With Dad” segment.

The concept is simple: Clayton, aka Dad, always sets down two plates of food. He always tells you what’s for dinner. He always blesses the food. He always checks in with how you’re doing.

I stress the stability here, because as someone who grew up with a less-than-stable relationship with their parents, it stood out immediately. I found myself breathing a sigh of relief at Clayton’s consistency. I also noticed the immediate emotional connection created just by being asked, “How was your day?” According to relationship coach and couples counselor Don Olund, these two elements—stability and connection—are fundamental cravings that children have of their parents. Perhaps we never really stop needing it from them.


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Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy asked his Senate colleagues the questions millions of Americans have after a mass shooting.

Another school shooting. Another mass murder of innocent children. They were elementary school kids this time. There were 18 children killed—so far—this time.

The fact that I can say "this time" is enraging, but that's the routine nature of mass shootings in the U.S. It happened in Texas this time. At least three adults were killed this time. The shooter was a teenager this time.

The details this time may be different than the last time and the time before that, and the time before that, and the time before that. But there's one thing all mass shootings have in common. No, it's not mental illness. It's not racism or misogyny or religious extremism. It's not bad parenting or violent video games or lack of religion.

Some of those things have been factors in some shootings, but the single common denominator in every mass shooting is guns. That's not a secret. It's not controversial. It's fact. The only thing all mass shootings have in common is guns.

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Meet Eva, the hero dog who risked her life saving her owner from a mountain lion

Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva when a mountain lion suddenly appeared.

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A sweet face and fierce loyalty: Belgian Malinois defends owner.

The Belgian Malinois is a special breed of dog. It's highly intelligent, extremely athletic and needs a ton of interaction. While these attributes make the Belgian Malinois the perfect dog for police and military work, they can be a bit of a handful as a typical pet.

As Belgian Malinois owner Erin Wilson jokingly told NPR, they’re basically "a German shepherd on steroids or crack or cocaine.”

It was her Malinois Eva’s natural drive, however, that ended up saving Wilson’s life.

According to a news release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva slightly ahead of her when a mountain lion suddenly appeared and swiped Wilson across the left shoulder. She quickly yelled Eva’s name and the dog’s instincts kicked in immediately. Eva rushed in to defend her owner.

It wasn’t long, though, before the mountain lion won the upper hand, much to Wilson’s horror.

She told TODAY, “They fought for a couple seconds, and then I heard her start crying. That’s when the cat latched on to her skull.”

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