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.

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! 

More info: thaisvanderheyden.com | Instagram

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Facetime

Facetime

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Ziya (Wenny) Liu
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4 months ago

RUN!!!!

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Personal Development

Personal Development

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Animal lover❤
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4 months ago

Hahaha

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Look Look Look Look Look, Mommy

Look Look Look Look Look, Mommy

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Amanda MacDonald
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4 months ago

Omg i get this all too well.

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Mom Mom Mom

Mom Mom Mom

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Ninja Nonna
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4 months ago

Love it!

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Princess

Princess

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Ziya (Wenny) Liu
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4 months ago

This is sweet.

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Clean House

Clean House

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Jan Feline
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4 months ago (edited)

Hmmm. You and I have similar hair right now

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Gardening

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Suzette Duby
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4 months ago

Oh yes, it gets very hot in the garden so you have to rest your muscles and rehydrate frequently!

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Steve

Steve

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J Rob
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4 months ago

Steve Loves you too!

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School

School

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J Rob
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4 months ago

I want you to go to school too!

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Mommy

Mommy

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Becca Gizmo the Squirrel
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4 months ago

That smile on the one kid adorable.

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#11

Any Gossip?

Any Gossip?

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Suzette Duby
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4 months ago

Desperate for the company and conversation of adults

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Big Bum

Big Bum

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KJM
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4 months ago

Children will always tell you the cold, hard truth

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Shopping

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Bored Birgit
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4 months ago

Her hair, I really love her hair.

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Best Day Ever

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Hans
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4 months ago

I think we nicely graps the spirit of parenthood. You may be exhausted at the end of the day, and the negative events seem accumulated, but the small ones actually accumulated the positive ones. If that isn't rewarding, nothing is.

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Shopping

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Ziya (Wenny) Liu
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4 months ago

YOU FORGOT THE COOKIES!!!

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Stinky

Stinky

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Ninja Nonna
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4 months ago

When privacy is a distant memory...

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Board Games

Board Games

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Isa Sulaiman Ahmad
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4 months ago

Kids and friendship, lol

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Hiding

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Amanda MacDonald
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4 months ago

"There's no one named Mom here!" Thats what I say. They never believe me.

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Chocolate

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Isa Sulaiman Ahmad
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4 months ago

What happens to your face then?

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Actually, Mom

Actually, Mom

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Ziya (Wenny) Liu
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4 months ago

Or, "I'm hungry!"

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Names

Names

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Liam Walsh
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4 months ago

My mother would merge the names just using the first part until she ended up with the right child. So Anna, Susan, Liam and Eddy (for example) Eddy would be called Ansulieddy. Only Anna benefitted from the exact name experience.

Gabi
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4 months ago

Same here, I am always JutGabi.

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Peachikeen
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4 months ago

My mum would just go through everyone's names (including the dogs') until she got to your's. My youngest sister would always get called the dog's name. It's a sign of love lol.

NAS
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4 months ago

Omg! Same here, except my mom calls me my father's name every time. And when we were kids & she started calling us, we each somehow knew which one of us she wanted even though we were all in different rooms.

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WilvanderHeijden
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4 months ago

When I was young we were all called Jim, except George he was called Charles.

Amanda MacDonald
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4 months ago

My grandma used to combine her kids names with mine so Terri Tom and Amanda would be Teromanda. My little brother Billy she just called Jason.

John Doe
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4 months ago

*too*

Angell Harding
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4 months ago

My mother has leaned out the window and yelled "[Brother's Name]! Stop Barking!" She, my brother, and the dog were the only ones living there at the time...

ptm45
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4 months ago

This is my mom doing a roll call....all. the. time. So amusing when she does this! We're all in stitches.

Kimberley Thomas
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4 months ago

I remember once how my Grandmother called her 7 kids names, followed by 3 grandchildren. Instead of going for another round of her offspring, she went through the pet's names. I had to laugh out loud.

Umgreg Universe
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4 months ago

Yeah, I have five siblings and have learned to respond to the name of each one of them since the first five names my parents call are never the right one.

Mishte Tine
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4 months ago

I only had two. They both had two names. Theirs and each other’s. I’d always use the wrong one first.

Kristina Thomas
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4 months ago

LOL that is my life right now with my 3 yr old and 5 yr old.

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Nami Tantrum
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4 months ago

i have to and i can't even get those names right xD

Ronel du Plessis
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4 months ago

WAHAHAHAAHAH!!!!! I am one of 4 daughters. I always said to my mom to stick to one name. Some one will appear eventually.

Nandy Nam
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4 months ago

Nah !!! I have only 2 but the same struggle when calling them ... hahahaaa

Eepe
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4 months ago

There were only two of us .... it was ehjamie or jaherin (erin & jamie)

Eepe
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4 months ago

And my kids are pajames or japatrick... so i totally get it.

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Ambulance

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Hannah Grimes
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4 months ago

lol

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Variety

Variety

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Ninja Nonna
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4 months ago

An "interesting day"...

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Facetime With Granny

Facetime With Granny

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John Doe
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4 months ago

Believe me, she's not going to care if she loves you.

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Regularity

Regularity

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Ninja Nonna
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4 months ago

For me it's the dog...5.30 without fail!

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Look, Mommy

Look, Mommy

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Mishte Tine
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4 months ago

I still have boxes of them. My kids are adults.

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Holiday Budget

Holiday Budget

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Jaybird3939
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4 months ago

Oh, I so get cruising through online "stores" instead of shopping at the Mall!

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Houseparty

Houseparty

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Hungarian Horntail
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4 months ago

That must Be a great game

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Homework

Homework

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ROBERT NELSON
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4 months ago

lucky i always had to do my homework by myself

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I Want A Cookie

I Want A Cookie

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J Haven
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4 months ago

Nonononono

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Mommy Can't Handle It

Mommy Can't Handle It

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Kimberley Thomas
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4 months ago

Time for the Wine Ambulance to come take her away like Calgon.

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Cookie

Cookie

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Kristina Thomas
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4 months ago

My kids also try to climb me if they'r under age 3. Arrrgggggh.

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Homework

Homework

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✨Russian Around✨
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4 months ago

me

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Cleaning

Cleaning

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Ronel du Plessis
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4 months ago

In South Africa only essential items like certain toiletries and medical equipment and meds and groceries were allowed to be sold on-line. NO clothes

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