There is truth to when parents of tweens or teenagers say that children are only little for such a short time. One minute you're changing diapers and the next, your kid is off to school. You wonder how time flew by so fast. But it's quite challenging to take pause and appreciate every minute of parenting when it feels like you're taming tantrums or making sure your child he eats everything on his plate regularly.
That's why photographs and keepsakes mean a lot to parents, and they are often on the lookout for unique and more personal ways to preserve precious moments. Take, for instance, Lan Sheng-Jie, also known as the artist Blue, from Taichung, Taiwan. He knows all too well how kids grow up so fast, and it has inspired him document parenthood through illustrations.
The 15-year veteran artist has been raising his now 4-year-old son, Yun-Li, since the little tot turned 1. He had begun drawing their father-and-son moments when he and his son's mother divorced, and he started his life as a single dad. His ex-wife has their son during the weekends.
"When you have a kid, a lot of things happen unexpectedly. For me, they were all new experiences," Blue shares with SmartParenting.com.ph in an email interview. "All those crazy moments that make you want to scream or collapse like accidental juice spills and tantrums for instance."
Blue would not have it any other way. "At the same time, this cute little monster has totally changed my way of life," the dad of one proudly says.
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As his drawings show, Blue doesn't sugarcoat parenting. It is exhausting with non-stop worrying, whether it's about his son's safety, health, and happiness. He writes in his email, "I worry about him becoming a hooligan or anything else that can go wrong along the way. That's why I always try to accompany him as he's growing up and help him when I can," Blue shares with Bored Panda.