Happy Mother's Day! + Do I Have to?


Happy Mothers Day! || Veronika's Little World || Do I Have to? || Webcomic


Veronika's Little World || Do I Have to? || Mother's Day Webcomic

Happy Mother's Day to All Mothers in the World!

Enjoy this little treat! xx 

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On Being a Clean Freak + Sticky Hand


On Being a Clean Freak + Sticky Hand || Veronika's Little World || Webcomic


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On Being a Clean Freak

I was raised to be exceptionally aware of cleanliness. Clean clothes, clean hands, clean hair, clean nails, clean everything. Not a hair out of line. No sitting on the grass because your pants will get dusty. No picking your nose and flick it on the floor. No baby crawling on the patio floor or soil because it's dirty. Make sense, since the country where I was raised wasn't really clean anyway, at least while I was growing up. Muddy roads, smelly air, dusty air. You could be cleaning your floor in the morning and ended up with a dirty feel on your floor at the end of the day. All that caused my family to be quite ... clean freak. That, plus Asian parents, in general, tend to be more physically protective when it comes to their children. I'm not talking about ALL Asian parents, but I know quite a number of Asian parents who got really worried when their children are playing rough and came home dirty. I was one of those parents.

Until one day, when I enrolled my eldest into kindergarten and started to hang out with Caucasian parents. At the beginning, I was experiencing what you may call culture shock, perhaps. Kids, shouting, running around barefooted! Babies, crawling on the dirty patio floor and drank the water from the dog's drinking bowl by mistake! Clothes got wet and muddy and no one was batting an eyelid. I wasn't kidding when I said I was shocked! And I wasn't the neatest and the cleanest in the family (apparently my great grandmother used to place a pinch of rice grains to see if anyone realised it and cleaned it up. The ultimate test for a clean floor).

But I also saw how happy and confident they were. How strong and healthy. So I learnt to let go of my worry and my exasperation and let my kids just had fun. And the first time I did so, I might have shocked my family, too. Haha, that was fun! But I still freaked out whenever my kids come home with dirty clothes, perhaps because I was simply lazy? Nobody likes extra laundry, after all. 

PS. I'm pleased to report that now I'm able to watch my kids run around barefooted, with sandy hair and clothes wet and muddy without batting my eyelids. But I still reserve the rights to complain. At least to make them aware that laundry does take a lot of energy to do.  

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My Life So Far + Can I...?


Veronika's Little World | Can I...? | Parenting humor | Webcomic


Veronika's Little World | Can I...? | Parenting humor | Webcomic | part 1
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My Life so Far...

It feels a little awkward to return to blogging after months of absence. But here I am, blogging again, with hopefully not so long delay between this one and my next post. So, a lot has happened. For those who know me well in real life, you probably know that I have been actively drawing some illustrations for a private project in the past few months. I've been moving very, very slow, mainly because at the same time I have also found a part time position as a graphic designer/social media coordinator.

There was also a very sad event in the family. My grandmother died just a few days after her 88th birthday in January. The passing has taken over a portion of the beginning of 2017, and I found it difficult to draw for awhile. Everything I drew seemed to manifest into a darker tone. My grandma is, after all, a figure who has very much helped raise me into the person that I am now. An intelligent and a smart lady, she has taught all of her granddaughters to excel in family life and in their careers. Heck, she even hoped I would be a doctor, one day. But aren't you glad I become an artist, instead?   

Anyway, I'm glad that I finally was able to finish this one! This one is too long overdue! It's based on this ongoing debate/discussion(?) at home about owning a pet. Even though I don't hate animals (and certainly don't like bad things happening to them) I am one of those who doesn't like to live with one, although my husband and kids really, really push me to have one. Namely, a dog. Three against one! But so far I'm still the winner...phew! I'm so thankful that they never ever go and get a dog behind my back. 

But I really love this piece of my memory where little miss O tried to negotiate with me. She was so honest and innocent. Still, I'm pleased to report that her negotiation skill has much improved since then, to my disadvantage. All good and how it should be. After all, what is parenting without a little negotiation thrown along the way?

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Getting Used to A Toddler's Fashion Sense is...


Veronika's Little World | Fashion Sense | Parenting humor | Webcomic


A Toddler's Fashion Sense is...

...interesting if not exasperating. At the moment, our Miss E is going through a phase where she just wants to dress up in a certain way. It's not that she looks awful wearing her choice of wardrobe - she could look downright cute, even - but sometimes what she chose wasn't suitable for the rest of her day. But still, I guess one has to pick one's fight. There are many more matters that require more energy, and fashion sense is definitely not one of them, at least in my book. As long as she's dressing according to the weather and not taking the fancy tutu into the mud, she can wear whatever she wants. Funny, but I guess I have mellowed down after my second child. I am very style conscious, so I used to be very nitpicky about what Miss O was wearing. Luckily, E seems to be aware that once mud comes into her tutu, it will be very hard to get rid of the stain. 

Anyway, here's my Halloween comics. A little late, I know, but at least it's done. This is not what she finally wore for Halloween, but I just felt like drawing a little illustration on what she usually wears these days. And she could be very stubborn and demanding when it comes to matching her ideal outfit. Gosh, she could throw a whole tantrum just over it. 

That's that, for now. Enjoy!


Veronika's Little World | Fashion Sense | Motherhood | Family Life | Parenting Webcomic

BTW, Edie didn't use to be this fashion conscious. Once upon a time, she even refused to have hairclips on her hair. Now she just has to have as many as she can :D

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How to Encourage the Best Sibling Relationship in Children


How to Encourage the Best Sibling Relationship in Children | Veronika's Little World | Web comic about parenting and motherhood


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HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN CLOSE TO YOUR SIBLINGS GROWING UP?

I can tell you that I have. We did have a period where our interests differed, but as far as I remember, my sister and I have always relied on each other whenever we were in trouble or whenever we just feel plain happy. There are 3.5 years difference between us, so naturally, there were points in our life where we didn't truly understand each other, but it was okay. It was all part of growing up, especially that our personality was also vastly different. While I was the nerd in the family, my sister has always been surrounded by friends and she was popular as a student. However, we influence each other. A lot. Both of us love comics, drawing, music and movies. Whatever I did in my spare time, she did it, too, even if the result was vastly different. Was that the reason why we were so close to each other?

Wel, yes and no.

We did share a few interests growing up, but we are still two vastly different personalities. We have different approaches to a lot of things. If I'm methodical, she's more intuitive. If I'm impulsive, she's calmer and more relax. There were even times where we were actually frustrated with one another. We used to have explosive fights. 

However, whatever we do, we always feel and miss each other's presence. Even now after we have our own children. And I have always been filled with wonder at how we manage to maintain this togetherness. I'm not talking about being together physically - it's more about mental support, I suppose. Whatever I do I never feel alone. I know my sister is out there to support me if I need her. That's why I have lately been self-analysing our sibling relationship. Especially now that I have my own two daughters and wish for them to have the same relationship that I have with my sister. Some people might be lucky in the way that they just click with their siblings right away, but surely there are things parents can do to encourage cool sibling relationship? 

Talking about prents, my parents must have done the right thing. 

But if there is anything I DO learn, sibling relationship is forged from day one your older children are introduced to their newborn siblings. And although it may not be perfect, this is the kind of environment that my parents, and now I, tried to provide for that wonderful relationship to blossom. 

So here is my thoughts on the subject. This is just sort of a reflection on my journey as a sister and what works so far for my own children, so by all means, anyone can add to the list. 

  1. Kindness and respect
    Being kind and respectful pays. As far as one concerns, children always try to push their boundaries and often they will do the same with their siblings, but this is all fine as long as they are mindful of the other’s feelings. Growing up, my parents always emphasise on the importance of saying kind words to the others and refraining from saying hurtful comments. As siblings we are sometimes guilty of doing this, but the goal is not to make the hurtful comments into a habit.
  2. Reliance
    My parents always said that since there are only the two of us, we have to rely on each other, especially when the day comes when my parents have to leave this world. It is interesting how they actually teach us this early by asking me to help my sister with small things. And as my sister grew up, they encourage us to do little things for each other, and it could be something as simple as fixing a drink for the other. I now look back fondly on those days when I’m encouraging my eldest to help her sister with things like fixing breakfast, tying shoelaces or just simply to draw a shape. Not that I can’t help her myself, but it’s so heart-warming to watch them converse with each other as my eldest teaches her younger sister to do things. Often it didn’t just stop at helping. They ended up spending time with each other. This pattern hopefully would follow them as they grow into adults, just as I’ve been enjoying it with my own sister. We have come to rely on each other for emotional support or just simple companionship.
  3. Always point out how much love they have for each other
    My mom passed on a very good habit as we grew up. She would mention the special thing that my sister would do for me that I might not notice in private, and she would add something like, “See how much she loves you.” Or something like that. I have just started to do this recently. Sometimes it was all very simple, really. I would point out how happy Edie looks whenever Olivia comes home from school to Olivia and told her how much her younger sister loves her and misses playing with her. And vice versa, I told Edie how much Olivia cared for her by giving her a lot of her time.
  4. Never force us to stick to each other all the time
    Children are children, and sometimes they just want to play with children their own age without being a babysitter for their younger siblings.It is great for children to stay in a group and be aware of each other's safety as a rule of thumb, but from my experience growing up, I have never felt burdened by the presence of a younger sibling. That was probably because my mom was almost never onto me when she saw that I wanted to spend my time with a different companion more than my sister. She would gently remind me to include 'everyone', but never specifically mentioned my sister's name. It might be a little tricky depending on the situation, but this has worked well in the past, so I'm doing it to my kids. My youngest, while she has no friend her age in a play date would naturally follow her older sister, but I try very hard not to turn her into a burden and vice versa. It's been great, so far! They try to accommodate each other whenever they can. And when things don't work out, the other could always find an activity that she can do by herself, or she could hang out with me.
     
  5. Fighting is alright, but don't forget to make up before bed time... Every great relationship includes great fights (and huge make-up). That's why a lot of great parenting experts out there advise parents not to get involve (too soon) in their children's fights. I let my children fight all the time, and encourage them to think why they fight in the first place. There is also one thing that I carry with me after all these years, that it is okay to let go of my pride and be the first one to extend the peace offering. Giving way and apologising doesn't mean defeat.
  6. ...And no matter what they do, don't compare them with each other

    This is hard. Sometimes you feel that you favour one child's abilities more than the others, but whatever you feel, at least do not express it in words. I feel this way occasionally. Sometimes I gave into the urge, but I don't think it's beneficial for my children and for their relationship. Being labelled is never pleasant, no matter how great the label might sound. It creates competition, and sometimes even jealousy. As children, they hinder close sibling relationship. It is hard to trust and be close to someone you feel is your rival, don't you think?  

Anyway, those are my thoughts when it comes to encouraging close sibling relationship. Or at least, that what I notice works so far. I saw a lot of great sibling relationships (and not so great), and all of them circle around those six points above. I saw siblings who in the surface seem great and close to each other, but got into competitive bickering and blame game. On the other hand, I also saw great sibling relationships where the siblings genuinely loved to spend time with each other, where there were a lot of tolerance, fun banters and emotional support. I am grateful that my sibling relationship is a beautiful one and I wish for others to experience the same thing. If I have to describe it, my sibling relationship is not perfect, but it's full of laughter and togetherness. We seek each other out and we do crazy things together. We even still behave like children whenever we are together (sometimes). LOL. 

So what do you think about this month's comics? Yep, that was one of the crazy things I did with my sister. Definitely not recommended. Actually, just in case you're reading this. this is not the first time I drew about haircut. You could read about my other haircut adventure here. I have also added a comic archive, so you could find past episodes easily. It's here.

About Work

Anyway, late post again. I haven't been able to follow my own schedule these days. A lot have happened in the past month. I have added a portfolio, and in the future, I would be more likely to promote my service as an illustrator. Check it out, if you have the chance and drop me a line! Do you think you would like to collaborate with me? Then contact me here


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How to Pick Your Fight Wisely with Your Toddler


How to Pick Your Fights Wisely with Your Toddler - Request Fail || Veronika's Little World by Tickled Pink Confetti || Parenting Adventures and Humour || Web Comic


How to Pick Your Fights Wisely with Your Toddler - Request Fail || Veronika's Little World by Tickled Pink Confetti || Parenting Adventures and Humour || Web Comic part 01
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How to Pick Your Fights Wisely with Your Toddler - Request Fail || Veronika's Little World by Tickled Pink Confetti || Parenting Adventures and Humour || Web Comic part 05
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NOBODY LIKES TO PICK A FIGHT WITH A TODDLER...

...and if you have one in your house at the moment, you know why. They are the most bull-headed creatures ever gracing the Earth, and I'm not kidding here. Often no amount of reasoning is able to bend their one track minds. Take Miss E for example. At three years old (the terrible, terrible three, I tell you, not two), she is so set on the ritual of pouring her water from once cup to the other before rinsing her mouth after brushing her teeth that she practically exploded when I told her that we shouldn't do that before the (ever) late school run. Waitaminute. May be I should turn that into a comic strip as well and shove it under her nose when her toddler behaves the same way in the future *evil cackles*. 

On a lighter note, I also notice that she would actually still do what we want her to do even after she has said no vehemently. Funny, right? I tell you, toddlers all over the world, you guys really should sort out your priorities (despite that, no complaint here. Definitely prefer her doing my bid  than not doing it altogether). 

The title of this article sounds like a How-to article, but the truth is, I think we can all agree that toddlers are one of the biggest life's mystery. We never know what's going on in their mind. Having said that, you can actually pick your fight, though. Assess your situation. Are they/you:

  1. late going somewhere?
  2. in a danger or might be in danger?
  3. Is their choice potentially ruining their personality?

And if you say no to all of them, by all means, indulge yourself, save yourself from a big tantrum and let them do what they want. Because, believe me, your answer will mostly be yes to any of the question. And it's always good to remember: what doesn't kill them only makes them stronger. Also, hugs work (most of the time).

Anyway, it's been 2 WHOLE MONTHS *gasp!!!*ever since I truly publish anything. I'm so so sorry for making you guys wait that long. A lot of things happened (mostly mummy and wife duty), and by the time it was 10 pm I found it hard to find the will to draw. Lame excuse :P. But art-wise, I'm quite proud of this comic strip. This is probably one of the hardest I drew at 7 panels, especially because it involved quite a lot of perspective drawing. But love the green chair and the blocks. Took me a solid 3-hour work to study the chair drawing itself at the beginning. All in all, it's a great learning process.

As for the story itself, I found that at times I may want to brag about my little girl a little too much to close friends and relative. So I should have seen this coming. But what mum doesn't find herself bragging about their children, albeit very privately and off Facebook? I'm definitely guilty of bragging, although I try to keep it at a minimum, and certainly not to strangers or people I've just known. 


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A Surprising Perspective


A Surprising Perspective || Bruised Ego || Veronika's Little World | Web comic | Parenting, Motherhood, Slice of Life


A Surprising Perspective

Just a day in my life... nothing too heavy, but I was surprised by how honest she could be! She usually tends to be more sympathetic whenever I unwittingly complained about something, but that day she plainly told me something I least expected her to say. Although in theory I know children were born with their own personality and preference, I was still taken aback when I was presented with the real-life taste of what her beauty standard could be! Growing up, my mom and I have always had different aesthetic standards, so I should have expected this from my own daughter, but this still feels new. When she was a toddler, we did have fights about her clothing preference, but as she grew she left her toddler fashion sense behind and closely followed what fashion I chose today. But I guess not when it came to make ups. Watching this little girl grow into a fine young lady is a pleasure, indeed, and I can't wait for other surprises she springs up. 

I love raising daughters!


A Surprising Perspective || Bruised Ego || Veronika's Little World | Web comic | Parenting, Motherhood, Slice of Life | part 01
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Hug Helps to Heal


Hug Helps to Heal | Veronika's Little World | Tickled Pink Confetti | Parenting Motherhood Family | Webcomic


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Hug Helps to Heal (Almost Everything)...

I still remember as if it happened yesterday. One moment I was a carefree childless young woman, and the next a mother of a newborn baby. It was all so surreal. The first few days were like a dream, filled with a lot of peeks into the bassinet and awkward little cuddles. Yep, I am not a baby person. I'd sooner answer cheeky questions from an obnoxious school kid than holding and cooing someone's baby. And yet, a baby of my own....was so magical! Being a mum was all I've ever wanted since I was in grade 5 (d'uh!) and there the baby was...dream comes true!

Until reality sunk in.

See, I was blessed with an adorable high need baby. Wait a minute, adorable wasn't even on my list of descriptive words when she was at her neediest. And she, my lovely readers, just wouldn't stop at just a few months. She grew from being a high need baby to a high need toddler, to a high need preschooler, and so on and so on. All her cries sounded the same - dramatic, and her tantrums were just similarly so - explosive. And once her feelings were out, there was no stopping them. Period.

At first, I resisted. I watched people with babies and listened to friendly advice. Elevated mattress? Check. White noise? Check. Favourite toy (or more like persuading her to have one)? Check. Time out? Err....check.

So what went wrong??? I was earnestly trying and yet there was no stopping that temper tantrum from escaping her little body. 

Until I gave up and just picked her up. Close to me in a sling, just like that. 

So when she was finally a toddler with her infamous tantrums, I would watch her rolling on the floor for a minute or two, and then offered, "Wanna hug?"

When as an older child she cries from even the simplest things (that make me want to roll my eyes and stomp my feet to a different direction), I ask her above all things, before all serious talks commence, "Do you need a hug?"

Before we know it, hugging has become a routine in our relationship. And believe it or not, tears and tantrums solved within minutes, sometimes seconds. 

Hug is good for me, too. Because no matter how boiling mad I felt towards her, once I resolved myself to hug her, the anger melts away somehow. At least it dulls. And manageable.

And my big baby knows hug is good for her and the others, too. So she passes it around. 

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To the Lady who Encouraged Me When My Toddler Misbehaved in Public Place, I say Thank You


The Importance of Kindness || Veronika's Little World || Parenting Family Humour Slice of Life || Webcomic


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This comic strip is dedicated to all mothers out there on this Mother's Day...

She was such a nice lady. I remember trying my hardest to make Little E behave even only for the next five minutes, whispering soft admonishment and gentle encouragement for her to at least use her 'inside voice'. We brought toys, but she has long become uninterested in them. Instead, she was more interested in playing with her surrounding, and at this point of her boredom she has resorted to using the bench as climbing equipment and eyeing the opportunity to touch strangers' possessions around her. Not mature enough to command perfect behaviour, she was truly unable to adapt to her surrounding. She was two at that time. I had no choice but to bring her along for obvious reason. 

The people at the place we went to were generally understanding, but I could feel a few pairs of eyes who would occasionally look our way. At one point, my husband had to even bring her outside to have quiet words with her about the importance of being quiet.

We tried so hard to manage her behaviour.

But of course, as vigilant as you could be, there are times when things escape your attention. That time was when Little E decided that the little black bag on the seat in front of her was a cat. She patted the object and meowed spontaneously, surprising the owner of the bag. She pulled the bag on her lap. And Little E earned a few chuckles from her audience. But I was horrified (looking back, it was rather funny..)

I quickly apologised, but the lady gently reassured me. And I thought it would stop at that. That the lady would pretend the whole embarrassing episode never happened at all. 

But she did more than just saying it wasn't my fault. At the first opportunity, she turned to face me again, and she said the kindest thing people have said to me in a very long time. That my baby toddler was lovely, and she was a good kid. That she was just behaving normal like a two-year-old should. And that I was a great mother.

A burden was released that day. For some reasons I couldn't fathom, tears was blurring my eyes and there was nothing I could do to stop it. I was rightly touched. I felt understood, and her words lifted my defeated spirit. I could see now that bringing her along was all not for nothing and she could still safely practice about behaving well in public without being judged meticulously. 

You see, we parents have dreaded bringing our kids to public place at some point of our parenting life. We are filled with worry of being a nuisance to others around us, just because our babies refuse to stop crying or because our toddlers decide then and there to throw a tantrum. Otherwise, some of use would not go as far as using electronic devices to pacify our children. It is sad, but the reason behind it is totally understandable in this constantly changing rules of parenthood. And we are aware of how much tolerance people have exerted for us. But the kindness of being told that our family is welcome and not a nuisance, and that we're doing great job trying to keep our toddler in line is like a breath of fresh air.

To that nameless lady, whoever she is, I say thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I think I will remember, for the rest of my life. 

To strangers in public place, be kind to young parents. Especially those who try very hard to keep their children in check, although they might be failing miserably at that time. Kids learn fast. 

To other mums out who are struggling with their young children out there, chin up! You know you are great!

Happy Mother's Day!

xoxo

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Whatever the Others are Having...


Whatever the Others are Having | Veronika's Little World | Webcomic


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SHE JUST HAS TO HAVE WHATEVER THE OTHERS ARE HAVING...

In the end, mummy persevered and Edie didn't get the soda... although mum had to suffer her tantrum. Haha, she's allowed to feel disappointed whenever possible no is a no, unfortunately (although sometimes my willpower crumbles under the pressure of her tantrum).

Anyway, just a snippet from my daily life. And for your information, little Miss E failed to get the beer, too (and she shouldn't be able to). What a drama, though *weak laughter*. Enjoy this week's comic strip, and once again sorry for the delay, people. Drawing and working on design projects earlier this year have been taking its toll on me. It's not that I run out of ideas, but I have the responsibility for my family (and especially my children) to take care of my health and state of mind by having enough sleep since enough sleep = happy mum = happy children = happy family. But don't worry, new strip will always keep rolling, and once I figure out the right time management, eventually I will stick to my schedule.

Thank you so much for your ongoing support! 

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Overruled by Girls!


Veronika's Little World || Overruled by Girls! - Someone Has to be || Webcomic  || Parenting and Family Humour


Our Family is overruled by girls...

...it's true! We have always had more girls than boys born in the family for some reason. I also notice that it didn't only affect my generation. My grandma is the youngest of nine children, among which only two are boys. The X chromosome is strong in my grandma's side of the family. My mum is the second of 5 siblings, and again there are only 2 males born in the family. In my generation, I am the eldest of nine grandchildren, and we have more girls than boys, especially in the first half of the set. And as we multiply once again we speculate on the strength of our X chromosome, and so far my sister, my cousins and I have managed to produce five girls and one boy in total.

Woohooooo...!! Girl power!!

Not that I complain. Girls are lovely, and I always want to have girls (of course, boys are lovely too, and occasionally I do wonder how it feels to have a son). My children and their cousins bond so well, and together they come up with the most interesting games a child could ever think of (makeshift talent show with all the adults gathered in one room as their audience, anyone?)

Most interesting is how they solve the lack of boys needed to fit in their sometimes gender-stereotyped pretend play (hands up anyone who never pretends to be mums or dads as a child). There has to be someone who is generous enough to be 'it'. I was one most of the time. At the beginning we switched roles, but after a while, the other girls expected me to do it. But the thing is - lucky for them - I didn't mind it at all, it was so much more fun to pretend to be a dad or a guy villain, after all. Besides, my childhood cropped hair made me suitable to play the role. 

Bearing in mind my play experience in the past, it is also interesting how this pattern is somewhat repeated in our family's younger generation. Only that it didn't exactly happen in the way I imagined - like, the eldest graciously made way for the younger ones. My eldest is assertive enough to let her sibling and cousins know that she won't settle for anything LESS than a second main character. Ah, the headache. There were lots of fights and tears. Being THE mum or princess is everything for them at this age.

But I'm not bothered. Before long, fights became terse negotiations, and negotiations became willingness to work together, and now they don't mind to be the 'dad' so long that they don't have to do the role all the time. 

Aaaah....I wish I'm a child, too!

I wonder if boys have the same problem, though...

Oh yeah, this comic strip is actually a prequel to what happened in this comic strip. If you've read that one, now you can make the connection. 

BTW, I made this comics with my new Ipad pro and apple pencil. Isn't it a beauty?? I'm so proud of it. I still sketched and inked it on my drawing pad, only that I did the colouring completely in Ipad. Not that it saved me any time, using Ipad. But then again, I'm learning new ways to draw. I have to say I'm getting faster and faster. Now, is only real life doesn't interfere as much with my drawing ... *bawling my eyes out*


Someone Has to Be || Tickled Pink Confetti || Veronika's Little World || Family and Parenting Humour || Web  Comic part 1
Someone Has to Be || Tickled Pink Confetti || Veronika's Little World || Family and Parenting Humour || Web  Comic part 2
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