Motherhood is full of ups and downs that you don’t get to see if you’re not a parent yourself. That’s one of the things that artist Paula Kuka shows in her witty and truthful illustrations about the reality of raising children.

The Australian artist’s drawings demonstrate that what society sees in public is just the tip of the iceberg. For example, we might spot a mom scrolling her phone while pushing a pram and we’re quick to judge her. But we don’t see all the hundreds of small things she did for her children that day. Much like with professional athletes and skilled musicians, we see the end results, not the hundreds of hours of effort, pain, sweat, and tears that happened offstage.

We bring you some of Paula’s best and insightful illustrations, so be sure to scroll down to the very bottom, and upvote the drawings that you enjoyed. And be sure to let us know in the comments which of Paula’s work you thought was the most illuminating and why.

In an in-depth interview with Bored Panda, Paula revealed how she became an artist, what the challenges of motherhood are, and what her future plans are. Scroll down for the full interview. Especially if you’re artistically inclined because Paula has some great advice for you if you’ve lost your motivation or creativity.

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CodingGirl04
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1 year ago

Hahaha

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Kayla Albert
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1 year ago

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Ha! She even has her phone out while pushing the buggy!!

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Jasmine Walker
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1 year ago

Facts. Me time. Cupcake time.

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“I never had plans to be an artist. When I finished school, I studied landscape architecture at university and went on to work in that profession for about 10 years,” Paula recounted her journey towards becoming an artist. “When I went on maternity leave with my first child, I started drawing as a way to keep creative.”

She explained that she draws digitally and uses the very same technical skills that she used as a landscape architecture. “After I had my second baby a few years later, I started drawing cartoons as a way of documenting our daily lives (because I was useless at writing in their baby books).

“I posted them on Instagram and they very quickly gathered attention from other parents who loved seeing such a relatable view of parenting. I like to talk about some of the challenges of motherhood — the guilt, the frustration, the boredom, as well as the hilarious and heart-warming aspects. It’s important to me to talk openly about these things as I know it can help other parents feel less isolated in what they are going through.”

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Tee
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1 year ago

I remember this with my kids.

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Bob Beltcher
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1 year ago

I always remind her that the sun never really sets, we're just moving around it. When it's dark here it's morning in other parts of the world and we're just sharing the sun until it's our turn again.

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Miranda Panda
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1 year ago

HA!! I think every momma knows this feeling!!

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Paula revealed to Bored Panda that a few months ago she started doing a weekly cartoon and writing a column in ‘The West’ newspaper in Western Australia. “I am also putting together a book which I hope to have out early next year. And as long as people are enjoying what I am creating, I’ll keep posting and see what opportunities arise,” the artist said about her future plans.

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So Dou
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1 year ago

Soooo accurate! Lol! Ahhhhhh!

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Tee
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1 year ago

Yep and they stare at you. Just smiling 😂

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Juririn
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1 year ago

Totally

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She also had sound advice for artists who are struggling, have lost their motivation or creative sparks: “Opportunities can come in the most unlikely places. Be generous with your time and skills.

“All my greatest opportunities came when I went out on a limb and did something for someone and didn’t expect anything in return.

“Just keep going and stay true to yourself. People resonate the most with authenticity.”

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SirPatTheCat
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1 year ago

This is kinda like something I heard about dogs that they are only a small part of your life but you are their whole life, so like be the best person you can be to them or something like that — albeit slightly different with a person since you will not be their whole life forever but at baby stage you kind of are

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Bob Beltcher
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1 year ago (edited)

Ours was like a timer. Every night around 10, 1, and 4 I would change her, feed her and then put her back to sleep while my wife pumped.

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Mimi
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1 year ago

And then the belt gets stuck. And baby scratches your face. And someone honks because your open door blocks them.

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Paula’s Common Wild art page has a strong fan base: 92,400 followers on Instagram and another 34,300 fans on Facebook. Meanwhile, the Common Wild Pinterest account gets more than 17,100 views each month. Be sure to follow Paula’s accounts if you enjoy her illustrations.

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Gemma Lees
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1 year ago (edited)

My Dad spoils my son in a different way. He's an amazing Romany Gypsy elder and has a traditional vardo bow wagon in the back garden and owns a 16 acre woodland which my son refers to as his "big garden". He lets my son make wooden sculptures with various tools, (supervised), and has loads of cool props and puppets and stuff he uses for work. He also writes kids stories and my son appears in a tonne of them and gets to go to events and such with him.

María Hermida
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1 year ago

That's wonderful. Your son is a lucky kid!

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Juririn
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1 year ago (edited)

Um,... granny with her second grandchild 😑 (the first one didn't dare ask )

juice
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1 year ago

no, the first one was her kid. she didn't spoil her kid, but she spoiled her grandchild.

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Mooncut
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1 year ago

Hmmm, no even with the castle 😊

Haevyn
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1 year ago

Oh I get it. It's her n her mom then it's her son and her mom(grandma)

Sarah Kate Lamming
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1 year ago

It makes me laugh... my parents were so strict, my dad didn't do anything with me or my brother ever .... now they are grandparents my dad does everything with my nephew, and spends every moment he can with him and they both appear to have decide rules are for breaking!

Tee
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1 year ago

1988 birthed some legends including me.

Bob Beltcher
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1 year ago

Not sure why you got downvoted, the 80s we're awesome.

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Leigh C.
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9 months ago

lol My mom said no a lot to me and even today she says no more than sure. Some of her reasoning was understandable but sometimes the reason was that she "doesn't want to start something". What I don't know. But I think it's more along the lines of what she perceives as annoying. But she's caved in and got me those Click Clackers and regretted it XD

Sandra Gribble
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1 year ago

Truth! 😜😜😜

Jennifer Hayden
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1 year ago

Yep

Bernice Wittwer
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1 year ago

This is so true!! I absolutely love getting to spoil my grandchildren ♥️♥️

Sherri Mantooth Bagwell
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1 year ago

I had no trouble saying no to my 3 children back in the 90's and 2k. We now have a 7mo old grandbaby. I've tried to be good about not buying him a ton of stuff. God help me when he starts talking...he and Nonnie will be off to Target in a snap!!

Adrianna Mattox
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1 year ago

Grandparents are the best

Maybeitsraining
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1 year ago

80s baby here!

EricaK
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1 year ago

This more aptly describes parents of each time period. Parents of the 80s didnt spoil true, but its really parents that spoil now, at least as much as grandparents. I plead guilty too. 😄 love this art ❤❤

Mewton’s Third Paw
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1 year ago

Definitely how most grandparents are, but this could be regular parents in both pics. A parent in the 80’s would probably be quicker to say no than one in 2019.

Jasmine Walker
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1 year ago

I'll even that out, for ya!

Bob Beltcher
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1 year ago

Yup. I still remember not getting a bike because if we bought a bike that ment dad couldn't afford his car and he would have to walk to work. McDonald's and Chucky Cheese were always closed for maintenance and playdo apparently was so expensive we couldn't afford it. Now I buy my daughter everything lol.

Flower Crown Faun
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1 year ago

How about finding a healthy balance between spoiled & neglected?

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Juririn
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1 year ago

Hey, you hungry? - NO! Sleepy? - NO! Want the broom (favorite ...toy)? - NO! What can mommy do? - NO! (He's heading towards a Ph.D in homotopy now... 😐)

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Annabell
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1 year ago

This is my son every afternoon after kindergarten - me, Baby in one arm, 3 bags full of food in the other arm. And he: „Mama, can you carry me up the stairs? I‘m soooo tired.“

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Bob Beltcher
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1 year ago

Lol the feet

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Juririn
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1 year ago

...to see if they are clean :))))

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Bob Beltcher
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1 year ago

Be like you, and sleep like your parents.

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Carol Emory
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1 year ago

No..that's why you tell everyone you're going to yoga when you're actually going out to have coffee with friends.

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KJena
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1 year ago

OMG super true!

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lilly nyangweso
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1 year ago

His dad is Thomas?

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Cinta
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1 year ago

I always check their pulses

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juice
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1 year ago

(can someone explain, please?)

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KJena
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1 year ago

Hahaha i commented before in one of the pictures in this article about this situation. All my 3 sons just gather and giggle around with me in the bathroom, like i was just washing my hands

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Mimi
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1 year ago

I am so relieved!

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Bob Beltcher
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1 year ago

Or they just eat the frosting

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Juririn
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1 year ago

Or... make *insert exotic country* sandwiches...

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Katerina Huskova
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1 year ago

This is what I call "potty racing" and I HATE it.

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Human #1,232,867
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1 year ago

And when university time come...

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SirPatTheCat
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Hm idk this seems kinda bad to do this since whoever asked said it nicely...

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