Liesbeth Ton has turned her every day parenting struggles into hilarious cartoons — and we can’t get enough of them. From drowning in laundry to the horror of ruining a LEGO tower, this mom sees right into our very souls.
The mother of three moved to Los Angeles from the Netherlands and has been sharing her artwork on her site Betje.com. The experiences that she draws truly depict the realness of parenting. It can be messy, chaotic, and often wonderful — you just never know what you’re gonna get.
We were lucky enough to catch up with this funny mama and learn about her creative process. She explained:
“I didn’t really decide to make cartoons about parenting. Being a mother is such a huge part of my live that, naturally, a lot of my cartoons are about me and the kids. And of course, they do a lot of crazy things that make me laugh (although not always immediately when it happens).”
We know that feeling! Sometimes kids truly do say and do hilarious things and we have to bite our tongues — then laugh about it when they finally go to sleep.
Ton works from home, where she’s inspired by her kids every day. While her comics have given us plenty to laugh about, it’s how real she is about parenting that truly captures our attention. She noted:
“Kids demand help and attention, they fight sometimes … it’s hard to feel productive if you’ve ‘just taken care of the kids all day.’ Rationally I know that it’s extremely important work, it just doesn’t always feel that way.”
Luckily for Ton, her kids love her artwork. She said, “Which is weird because I’m sort of making fun of the things they do. I also make fun of me, so that makes it OK, right?” We think it’s just fine and honestly … what kid doesn’t want to see themselves as a cartoon character?
Surprisingly enough, she hasn’t received many negative comments from the Internet mafia. Ton only recalls one somewhat negative comment about a “mothers are heroes” cartoon she drew that inspired her to create the “stop trying” cartoon about enjoying time with your children instead of stressing all the time.
Her favorite part about the popularity her comics have received? “I get a lot of: ‘this is me!’ I like to think that I make mothers (and fathers) feel less alone in this venture.”
We can confirm you’ve certainly made us feel less lonely — there’s nothing better than reading something, smiling to yourself, and realizing you’re not alone in this whole parenting thing.