Mom's Amusing Illustrated Quarantine Diary Of Her Everyday Struggles With Four Toddlers

by Damjan

Thais Vanderheyden is a Belgian writer and illustrator, and, most importantly, mom of four toddlers. Being a parent is challenging even without the quarantine, but in these circumstances, it can be overwhelming.

Luckily, Thais, whose favorite job is illustrating children’s books, is up to the task. She takes on every challenge with humor and smile on her face, always remembering that, with kids, today’s problem or mischief will be tomorrow’s fabulous and fun memory…

“As a mom-of-4-illustrator, I kept a daily diary of drawings of these unique and strange quarantine-days. I guess many will recognize scenes from their own life with toddlers and kids... By popular demand, I translated my drawings in English."

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"It started all in March when our country went to lockdown. I totally freaked out by the thought that schools would be closed for a long time. For 8 weeks, I have 4 toddlers (Bob, Morris, and twins Pepa and Colette) with a full agenda of deadlines as a writer and illustrator of children’s books. But I’m still alive, my hair looks wild, I took some pounds and must admit I had more then a few goods laughs with my bunch.

From day one of this quarantine, I made a daily drawing at the breakfast table. A lot of it really happened (like the FaceTime incident with the teacher!), some of it was just thoughts that crossed my mind. I posted them on my Instagram and got like tons of messages of working moms and dads who recognized themselves in the drawings. So I kept going. I hope you enjoy it too!”

1. "Facetime"

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2. "Personal Development"

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3. "Look Look Look Look Look, Mommy"

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4. "Princess"

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5. "Mom Mom Mom"

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6. "Clean House"

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7. "Gardening"

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8 ."Mommy"

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9. "Steve"

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10. "Any Gossip?"

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11. "Best Day Ever"

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12. "Shopping"

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13. "School"

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14. "Big Bum"

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15. "Stinky"

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16. "Board Games"

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17. "Shopping"

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18 "Hiding"

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19 "Actually, Mom"

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20. "Chocolate"

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21. "Regularity"

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22. "Ambulance"

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23. "Facetime With Granny"

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24. "Names"

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25 "Look, Mommy"

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26 "Holiday Budget"

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27 "Homework"

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28 "I Want A Cookie"

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29. "Variety"

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30. "Houseparty"

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31 "Cookie"

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32 "Homework"

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33 "Cleaning"

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34 "Mommy Can't Handle It"

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