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How one dad’s web comics are helping parents stay positive

You may not know his real name, but you’ve probably seen Chris Grady’s work on your Facebook feed. He’s the Toronto father behind the web comic Lunarbaboon, a digital strip about parenting that acknowledges the darkness in the world while showing parents how to find the light.


Through his online comics and paperback collection, “Lunarbaboon: The Daily Life of Parenthood,” Grady has helped so many other parents with poignant work that manages to be funny, while also hitting people right in the heart.

His simple line drawings of a cartoon dad interacting with his kids give are infused with humor and tips for dealing with kids, critics and one’s own mental health. It makes sense, because according to a recent interview with the Huffington Post, Grady started the strip as a therapeutic way to channel his own anxiety.

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“I needed a positive place to focus all my thoughts and found that when I was making comics I felt a little bit better,” he told the Huffington Post. “After posting the comics on social media for a few months, I began getting messages from many people about how they connected to the comics and it gave them hope and strength as they went through their own dark times.”

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The first comics on his site appeared in 2012, and look very different from the Lunarbaboon style that is instantly recognizable today. His style has evolved as his following has grown. With almost a million followers on Facebook alone, Grady’s work spreads quickly through the online parenting world each time he releases a new strip.

Grady, who is also a school teacher, told the Huffington Post he thinks people are picking up on the positivity he tries to weave into his brand of parenting humor.

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Although he deals with serious topics like consent, sexuality, bullying and depression, he does it all in a way that makes readers smile along with him. Having a positive outlook is important to him, and something he wants to give not only to other parents, but also to the next generation.

“Kids are always watching adults, and they look to the adults as role models. I try to show them that even with all my flaws and weaknesses, I am still a good person, and I can still make a positive change in the world,” says Grady.

Grady’s thoughts on positivity are perfectly captured in one of his most beloved viral comics. In it his dad character is standing at a bus stop with his son watching a superhero fight a monster. When the kid wishes he had super powers the dad turns to a nearby stranger and compliments him on his hat. The guy in the hat smiles, and the dad character turns back to his son.

“Now look at his face,” the comic version of Grady says to his son. “We all have powers.”

It’s those kind of moments that give Grady’s work that right-in-the-feels quality that so many parents find so shareable.

Judging by the numbers of shares and comments (and by the number of times a week I see his work pop up in my own feeds) Grady is doing something right and his message of positivity is spreading faster than he can draw. That’s obviously his super power.

Mom life demands efficiency. Because while the amount of hours in the day are the same as before kids, now a sizable chunk of that time is spent caring for and loving on those little people. Compromises happen—and let's just be honest, the old beauty routine is one of the first things to get cut.

But, wait! You don't have to sacrifice putting on mascara or, worse, skipping the SPF. Instead, why not flip it, reverse it, and look at the bright side? Here's your opportunity to streamline your morning makeup routine. With some savvy skin care and beauty hacks, you can get your radiant glow on in record time.

Here are our tried-and-true hacks passed down from Motherly mamas:

1. Embrace multipurpose items

If the most pressing issue is limited time, consolidate multiple steps of your beauty routine with a multipurpose item. For example, instead of starting with a SPF moisturizer, followed by spot concealer and a blendable foundation, you can take care of all of that in one go with one of our favorites: Earth Mama's 3-in-one Lady Face™ Tinted Mineral Sunscreen. The beauty stick also allows you to easily fold SPF 40 into your routine, because Lady Face doubles as super-safe, clean sun protection. Even better? The sunscreen blocks blue light from those ever-present digital screens with a ray-scattering, non-nano formula.

2. Revive dried mascara

Especially after a sleepless night (#motherhood), mascara can make a major difference in how well rested you appear to be. If you realize your tube of mascara is dried out, don't write it off as a lost cause. Simply soak the sealed tube in warm water to loosen up the mascara — or add a drop of a multi-purpose saline solution into the tube. That should do the trick until you have time to buy a replacement. (But let's face it: You're a mom. It's okay if you're tired.)

3. Keep coconut oil handy

Coconut oil isn't just for the kitchen. From a DIY hair mask to an in-a-pinch lip balm or naturally removing makeup at the end of the day, coconut oil's cosmetic hack-list is long. For summer, we especially like adding a thin swipe of organic extra virgin coconut oil to the cheekbones at the end of the makeup routine for a bit of an extra glow.

4. Multitask while deep conditioning

If your hair needs a bit of TLC, consider applying a natural, paraben-free deep conditioner before doing chores around the house or even a short workout. By working up a bit of a sweat, the conditioner will set even better before you rinse off in the shower.

5. Start your hair care routine the night before

As you work to find your new normal morning routine, it can help to simply reschedule a task or two—like hair. If you shower the night before, get a jumpstart on your look by blowdrying, straightening or even braiding it for loose waves in the morning.

6. Even out your skin tone

Between multiple wake-ups during the night and wavering hormones, complexion issues can become a thing for most mamas. Thankfully, the hack for managing that is as simple as finding a great foundation that goes on smoothly and doesn't cake or crack through a morning of momming. Scope out the ingredient list for naturally nourishing components like coconut oil, shea butter or beeswax — and skip the stress (and the return process if the shade doesn't match) by going for something that easily blends with most skin tones.

7. Find brands your feel great about

As a mom, you might find yourself considering bigger life questions: Are my cosmetics safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding? Are they helping the world my children will grow up in? Can I trust the ingredients and mission? Pro tip: read the ingredients on all your personal care products, memorize the ones you want to avoid, and look for third-party certification to ensure the product is actually what it says it is. When you find a brand that walks the talk, you're going to want to be loyal.

8. When in doubt, go for a bold lip

With happy hours swapped for play dates, your daily routine may look a bit different than it used to. But who says you have to leave your personal style behind? If you've always been a fan of makeup and going a bit glam, keep going for it, mama! The extra 60 seconds it takes to apply lipstick or whatever else gives you a bit of pep in your step is well worth it.


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