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We've all said things to kids (whether they're our own or other people's) that sometimes just get blurted out without much thought. They say "kids say the darndest things," but it looks like adults do, too.
For Nathan Ripperger, a father of five boys who are all under the age of 10, he's said a lot of things that he can't exactly believe ever came out of his mouth over the years. Starting in 2010, the Iowa-based graphic designer started taking note of the absurd things he's said while parenting and began making graphic illustrations that capture these moments. After this graphics went viral on Flickr in 2014, Ripperger is back at it again with a newly released book titled "Things I've Said to My Children."
From statements like "Stop rubbing watermelon on your arm" and "Finish your Doritos if you want some Cheetos" to "Do not put the keys in the octopus" and "The dog is not a jungle gym," Ripperger has funny sayings in his book from all of life's little moments. His book covers everything from dinnertime to bathroom talk to church behavior to getting out of the house. Ripperger's illustrations help bring these funny moments to life.
With "Things I've Said to My Children" officially on sale as of Tuesday, here's a peek at of some Ripperger's illustrations.
Reprinted from "Things I've Said to My Children," Copyright © 2015 by Nathan Ripperger. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, on Sept. 15, 2015.