Meredith Bartolo Pappas, a stay-at-home mother had discovered that doodling about the “ridiculous moments” she experienced daily with her kids became a way to make time for herself.

Meredith Bartolo Pappas is a mother of two and worked as a teacher for more than a decade before she quit her job and decided to become a stay-at-home mom. She told that she began missing teaching, but found a therapeutic outlet through putting pen (or pencil) to paper and illustrating her life as a mom and the funny day-to-day moments’ many parents know all too well.

“I started doodling them and realized they were keeping me connected to myself … and helping me get through each day,” she said.

Bartolo Pappas, whose kids are 3 years old and 8 months old, likes to illustrate these relatable experiences during “whatever stolen moment” she can find during the day, like when her oldest is drawing or when she’s nursing. She posts the cartoons on Instagram, where she also gets lots of feedback from other moms and dads.

“It feels really wonderful to know we’re all in it together and we’re all going through these things,” she said. “People will send me messages saying, ‘Yep, this happens to me, too.’ Or when I show some of my friends … they say, ‘Yep, we’re all going through this.’”

She said her doodle about the impossibility of finishing a phone call with kids around has especially generated a lot of funny and candid feedback.

“You just can’t have a phone conversation,” she joked.

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