Mom Illustrates What Raising Kids Is Like In 30 Honest Comics (Interview)
Motherhood is full of ups and downs that you don’t get to see if you’re not a parent yourself. That’s one of the things that artist Paula Kuka shows in her witty illustrations about the reality of raising children.
Mom Illustrates What Raising Kids Is Like In 30 Honest Comics (Interview)
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Motherhood is full of ups and downs that you don’t get to see if you’re not a parent yourself. That’s one of the things that artist Paula Kuka shows in her witty and truthful illustrations about the reality of raising children.

The Australian artist’s drawings demonstrate that what society sees in public is just the tip of the iceberg. For example, we might spot a mom scrolling her phone while pushing a pram and we’re quick to judge her. But we don’t see all the hundreds of small things she did for her children that day. Much like with professional athletes and skilled musicians, we see the end results, not the hundreds of hours of effort, pain, sweat, and tears that happened offstage.

We bring you some of Paula’s best and insightful illustrations, so be sure to scroll down to the very bottom, and upvote the drawings that you enjoyed. And be sure to let us know in the comments which of Paula’s work you thought was the most illuminating and why.

In an in-depth interview with Bored Panda, Paula revealed how she became an artist, what the challenges of motherhood are, and what her future plans are. Scroll down for the full interview. Especially if you’re artistically inclined because Paula has some great advice for you if you’ve lost your motivation or creativity.

“I never had plans to be an artist. When I finished school, I studied landscape architecture at university and went on to work in that profession for about 10 years,” Paula recounted her journey towards becoming an artist. “When I went on maternity leave with my first child, I started drawing as a way to keep creative.”

She explained that she draws digitally and uses the very same technical skills that she used as a landscape architecture. “After I had my second baby a few years later, I started drawing cartoons as a way of documenting our daily lives (because I was useless at writing in their baby books).

“I posted them on Instagram and they very quickly gathered attention from other parents who loved seeing such a relatable view of parenting. I like to talk about some of the challenges of motherhood — the guilt, the frustration, the boredom, as well as the hilarious and heart-warming aspects. It’s important to me to talk openly about these things as I know it can help other parents feel less isolated in what they are going through.”

Paula revealed to Bored Panda that a few months ago she started doing a weekly cartoon and writing a column in ‘The West’ newspaper in Western Australia. “I am also putting together a book which I hope to have out early next year. And as long as people are enjoying what I am creating, I’ll keep posting and see what opportunities arise,” the artist said about her future plans.

She also had sound advice for artists who are struggling, have lost their motivation or creative sparks: “Opportunities can come in the most unlikely places. Be generous with your time and skills.

“All my greatest opportunities came when I went out on a limb and did something for someone and didn’t expect anything in return.

“Just keep going and stay true to yourself. People resonate the most with authenticity.”

Paula’s Common Wild art page has a strong fan base: 92,400 followers on Instagram and another 34,300 fans on Facebook. Meanwhile, the Common Wild Pinterest account gets more than 17,100 views each month. Be sure to follow Paula’s accounts if you enjoy her illustrations.

Comments (38)
Gillbella
I love how you have truthfully illustrated motherhood without putting anyone down or demanding people see how hard it is! Love it!
Luisa Vasconcelos
That's beautiful. Mother's often feel lonely because no one admitted the struggle. Since I have a excuse to do it (single mother of 2 yo and 4 yo) always admire how many mothers are struggling in silence.
Juririn
It never ends. In the words of "Friends", we will be parents for the rest of our lives.
Mimi
To the point, good on so many levels. Thank you so much for making and sharing.
Jesper Rasmussen
Heres some advice from a parent of 3: If you’re not prepared to do the hard work, don’t be a parent. If you are so upset about the kids goes with you to the bathroom, lock the door. Many dads actually do a great job - if not, do something about it. And again: If you really feel like bitching over your life as a parent - then maybe it’s not the right job for you. Kids are wonderful and takes a LOT of work 24-7 for many years. That’s just how it is - accept it.
Zeedy
Lovely comics and very relatable on many levels. I am tired of seeing comments from people who do not relate, or disagree, as if the artist is making some grand statement as a generalization on motherhood everywhere and for all time. This is her personal story, her own experiences. How is it "not fair" when her panels happen to hit on gender stereotypes if it is actually her reality? Just because exceptions exist, families are different, and not everyone fits the cookie cutter mold does not mean that sometimes, on some things, it does! Spread positivity my friends, don't judge, just enjoy!!
Jolijn Njamin-Geurts van Kessel
I can relate to all of these, 100%
Jenn Unicorn Popping
Love these- so real!!!
Tia Hansen
Well, I’m 14 .-. I don’t know anything about any of this .-. But thanks for the warning!
Azure Adams
You make your choices out of what society tells you to do and unconscious selfishness while in emotion-based mind, then you accept the consequences and everything else without making it everyone else's issue too.
Amanda inspiration
Thank you. I could relate to so many cartoons. It's nice to know we're all goi g through this together
Bob Beltcher
See the trolls are out today down voting everyone and everything.
Katerina Huskova
I can sign every single story ?
Bob Beltcher
Great post.
Anna Woodhull
These are all awesome, and so relatable!
Lem Pop Govier
Very accurate and witty too!great illustrations
proof that tony stark has a ❤️
A very cute and refreshing change from all the "relatable Millenial girl problems" comics that all look the same. These are great!
Whiteout
Nice reminder to NOT have children.
Joel Blazquez Sargatal
Getting tired of these articles with moms complaining about how hard it is. Well, it has been hard since the beginning when there were way less commodities and life partners (men) were a lot less collaborative. Also, it is a known fact that raising kids is not easy. Did you not know that? You chose to have the kid, right?
Electric Ed
Paula Who?
giovanna
I loved the pictures, and I respect mothers so much for what they do. At the same time, I've never wanted children, and I've always thought that when a woman has kids she becomes "blackmailable" (if that's even a word in English), because she ends up carrying all the responsibility of the upbringing. From these drawings, life with kids looks like a nightmare, and I'm happy not to have them.
AJu
All this whining about having kids is getting annoying. Don't have any or live with the consequences. Also: what is this about letting kids into the bathroom while you're pooping? If the kid is old enough to understand "close the door" it is probably old enough to be on its own for 10 minutes while you do your business, right?
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