Aussies comic hits back at those who shame mums on their phone

An Aussie comic has hit back at shamers in the best way possible.

Perth mum Paula Kuka recently drew a cartoon that depicts the reality of exhausted mums looking at their phones when they have a spare few seconds – often when judgy eyes are watching!

Have you ever felt like you’ve been ‘shamed for being on your phone’ after a hectic day parenting?

Australian comic hits back at mum shamers

Taking to her Instagram account common_wild, Paula drew two images. One entitled, ‘WHAT I DID’. The other, ‘WHAT YOU SAW’.

“Today I realised I might be angry, but I’m not powerless. This is my response,” Paula wrote.

Before sarcastically adding: “In case you missed it, it was to do with the recent spate of babies falling out of prams and being abandoned by mothers too busy checking Instagram.”

Illustrations depict the hilarious side of parenting


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Dinner time. Every night. ??

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Paula has drawn a heap of sketches highlighting the humorous side as well as the emotional side of parenting.

“I started doing these drawings as a way to document the early years of my kids’ lives,” she exclusively tells The Healthy Mummy.

“I was on maternity leave with my second baby and wanted a project to work on as I know I am in a much better emotional space when I have some creativity in my life.

“I was also in that exhausted newborn haze and could barely remember my kid’s names!”

Paula says her illustrations became so popular, as many parents could relate.

“I knew I would never remember all the details I wanted to remember,” she says.

“I had set up a small illustration and art print business so I started posting these drawings to my Instagram account as a way to keep my social media activity while my business was on hold.

“Of course, these posts became my most popular and my account quickly grew from 2000 to 10000 followers.”

The mum-of-two says she feels like no one knows what they’re doing when it comes to parenting, even if they seem like they know what they’re doing.

“I think we walk around with our own emotions and struggles and look at other mums and think ‘everyone else has got it together’. But it turns out, they are thinking the same thing,” she continues.

“I didn’t quite realise this until I started posting these drawings. I receive so many comments and messages thanking me for putting it out there, and making them feel less alone. 

“It’s been enlightening that the trivial and humorous parenting moments and the intense and emotional frustrations that I am having in Australia are relatable to people all over the world.”


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If you’ve been following me for a while you would have seen this one before. It’s the drawing that started it all! I’ve just reworked it for my book so thought it was worth posting again. 18 months on and it’s still how I feel daily. Maybe even hourly. Sometimes they are suffocating. But damn it, they smell so good! ? In the early days I did feel a lot of guilt about wanting space. Not so much anymore. Partly because of this amazing community and the response to this drawing. I realised that it was OK and NORMAL to feel this way. I also now know, that the part of me that needs space, is a major part of my identity. I need space to create and think and draw and exercise and sometimes even have a shower. And in the future I hope my kids are proud of me for those things (well, maybe not the shower part, even if that sometimes does feel like a big achievement!)

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