| November 1, 2017 | 10 Comments

Quick! What’s your favourite number?

Don’t have one? Well, you’d better get one, if you think you’ll be spending any time around kids.

Kids have favourites, and they expect you to as well. Sometimes it’s a rank of favourites with careful deliberation, discussed over an afternoon of Perler Beads.



Cartoon of 2 boys

The kids lit up when I interviewed them for this comic.


If you ask, they’ll likely have an explanation of why the goat was bumped from fifth place. Maybe there was an unfortunate encounter at the last farm visit. Or maybe someone learned a cool chicken fact that earned chicken a spot in the coveted top five.

I’ve been held captive at a dinner at East Side Mario’s where the kids were having us guess their favourite numbers. Oh man, CHECK PLEASE. (Also, I call BS because I think they were making them up as they went along.)

Kids also don’t like it if you don’t have a favourite of something. It won’t do. Everyone must have a favourite number or colour or dinosaur, and “I don’t have one” or “I like many Minecraft Biomes!” are not answers.



Cartoon of 2 boys talking to a man

I was roped into that, too, regarding favourite animals. Big Bro loves sheep and Little Bro loves owls, to the point that it’s part of their identity. So here I am, some lame adult trying to get across that I like lots of animals– some animals as a pet, others because they’re beautiful and others because they’re helpful or fascinating…


Alright, alright. So I got cornered into choosing … uh… the panda, sure, why not, it is kind of interesting and nice to look at. But now that I’ve said it out loud, they think I’m some sort of big panda fanatic who can’t get enough of all things panda.

“Here, Mama, I drew you another panda ’cause you love pandas.”

“This is my mom. SHE LOVES PANDAS.”

“Whoa, Mama! This store sells panda costumes! I bet you’re happy now!”

Is it too late to change my answer?


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Category: Dads, Family, Kids, 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. Julie says:

    This is so funny, I can totally relate! My daughter is always making me choose a favourite of something or another!

  2. CalviN F. says:

    Amusing comic strips, nice!

  3. Erin N says:

    I love this! Kids have the cutest and funniest ways of getting to know someone.

  4. DebH says:

    My favourite number is 7!

  5. Carole D says:

    That is funny, thanks for sharing!

  6. Nate says:

    fun to read the comic stips

  7. LisaM says:

    Awesome – my favourite colour is orange and I love red second 😉

  8. Lynda Cook says:

    Kids are so silly sometimes, but when they get something stuck in their heads they just won’t let it go..lol

  9. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Love the cartoon and kids really can bore holes into you with their questions and your answer is never good enough. Red you might answer and they’ll ask what sort of red LOL

  10. LOL That’s so true. Favorites are super important to kids.

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