Dad Illustrates The Hilarious Things He's Said to His Kids

As teachers, parents, and Bill Cosby can attest to, kids really do say the darndest things. Father of four Nathan Ripperger found himself responding to the odd and often hilarious things that his brood said and did. Recognizing that he had stumbled upon comedic gold, He began illustrating the words that came out his mouth. Taken out of context, these quotes are endearing and strange, and they make up the series Things I've Said to My Children.

Ripperger works with some great source material. Things like, “Stop riding that penguin. We're leaving,” and “Did you put honey on your brother's head?” provide excellent visuals, and his colorful images combine typography, illustration, pattern, and texture. Keeping them fairly abstract, he highlights the fun and absurdity of his commands.

Parents all over the world have no doubt said similar things to their children, which is part of what makes Ripperger's series such a success. Even if you don't have kids, everyone was young at one point, and we all have memories that we look back on and think, “did I really do that?!” If one of these sayings resonates with you, it's available for purchase in Ripperger's Etsy shop.










Nathan Ripperger Etsy
via [Twisted Sifter]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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