In July 2013 American cartoonist Brian Gordon started writing and illustrating a comic strip about parenting that he called Fowl Language. The comic, which starred a family of ducks, gave him to perfect outlet to vent some of his frustrations about parenting. The comic became a smash hit online and in 2015 started being published on the Huffington Post's website.
On March 22, 2016, Andrews McMeel Publishing published a paperback compilation of his comic which they called Fowl Language: Welcome to Parenting. In November 2017 he released a follow up book called Fowl Language: The Struggle Is Real. And this time he swears he has this parenting gig down. No, really. Stop laughing!
I am a big fan of Fowl Language. I follow it on Facebook. I love how Brian Gordon doesn't sugar coat parenting. He is honest that it sometimes sucks and our kids can be very annoying, illogical little people sometimes.
And here's a secret parents like to keep from their kids: most of the time we have no idea what we're doing. It's true. We just muddle through parenting hoping we're making the right decisions and aren't screwing our kids up for life.
Fowl Language: The Struggle Is Real contains the same sort of scenarios Brian included in his first book Welcome to Parenting. He deals with toddler tantrums, the lack of privacy parents have to put up with, how tedious parenting can be, the struggle as a parent to always be the mature one, how gross kids can be and how exhausting parenting can be on a daily basis.
We live in a society where it can sometimes be taboo for a parent to admit that sometimes parenting sucks. We're supposed to tell others that it is wonderful and we don't regret it for a moment. But that's not true. Parenting does have its heart-warming moments but it can also be irritating, enraging and mind-numbingly boring. We love our kids but every one of us has had a moment where we've grabbed the remote and shrieked "No more Paw Patrol!" because we can't stand to watch one more episode.
Fowl Language: The Struggle Is Real is a delightful book that will appeal to parents or anyone who spends a lot of time around children. You can find a lot of humour in real-life situations and Brian Gordon has done a good job reflecting that in his comic.