Attack of the Kleenex

Attack of the Kleenex

6 a.m…. a sweet little hand reaches out in the dark:
“Here you go, Mama.”
“What is it?”


I couldn’t let the winter go by without making another cartoon involving kids and their colds. I did it the last two years, after all.

I don’t know why little kids hate having their noses wiped. I guess it’s pretty irritating… but surely no more irritating than a giant snot bubble preventing your breathing! Sometimes their own efforts (or lack thereof) don’t quite do it. I have to be stealthy about my Kleenex manoeuvres, though, much as one must be when trying to nab a hornet with a rolled-up magazine, only way more scary.

Little Bro gets me back, though. Whether walking hand-in-hand or cuddling on the couch, he seems to think I make a handy Kleenex whenever the need arises. What am I, the Giving Tree?


This is why I can’t have nice things.

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Category: Babies & Toddlers, Family, Moms

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. Treen Goodwin says:

    Lol these are so hilarious ,kids do exactly this , haha thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Another marvellous cartoon, I had to laugh it brings back so many memories. Why children don’t like having their nose wiped is a good question, perhaps because they have sleeves or mummy to clean up with? What do they do when they have a T-shirt on I wonder, I can’t remember what mine did now it’s too many years ago 🙂

  3. We had lots of colds and Kleenex this year!

  4. Amanda Bernard says:

    This is so accurate! My youngest has two older brothers in school, so it seems he is sniffling and snot-nosed more often then not at times. Just today he had a runny nose and says to me “mmm my boogies taste good”…real classy kid. lol!

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