Hi Mom Hi Dad Author:Lynn Johnston A tiny bundle of life is placed in your arms, and at first it's hard to believe that you are now a parent. The overwhelming feeling of responsibility for another live, the pride and joy in your "creation", but also the concomitant feelings of inadequacy in your new role, frequently surface during that first year. — Lynn Johnston, with humour and... more » sensitivity, creates cartoons that depict the feelings and reactions of parents as they learn to respond to the needs of the growing child, to the reactions of in-laws and relatives, to the pressures of the mass media, the experts, and the child-rearing fads. As we chuckle at the captions, we are reminded of the incredible amount of hardship experienced by parents during the baby's first year - the loss of sleep, the feeling of helplessness when the baby cries and can't be comforted, and the new precautions we have to take as the baby acquires new competencies and skills, as he or she learns to reach and grasp objects, sit up, creep, and finally becomes upright and mobile.
The baby becomes a "real" personality and enriches the life of the family. The joy experienced by the parents makes the struggle well worthwhile. The recognition of this joy is captured in the last cartoon: "To think that before we had a baby, this was just the same old park!"
With a few deft strokes of her pen, Lynn Johnston shows us what the first year of life is like. Her delightfully subtle cartoons at once make the hardships of life with baby more bearable.