Tech Entrepreneur Launches “Family Happiness” Webcomic

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Boston-based tech entrepreneur Teddy Nevers announced the start of his webcomic “Family Happiness,” a series about his life as a new parent

Family Happiness is a webcomic about being a new parent by Teddy Nevers

Family Happiness is a webcomic about being a new parent by Teddy Nevers

So much about how your parents brought you up becomes clear once you have you own children. You appreciate how hard it was – everything from grocery shopping to sleeping becomes much more difficult once you have this small human to take care of.

Teddy Nevers, who describes himself as a tech entrepreneur based in the Boston area, announced today the launch of his webcomic series “Family Happiness,” chronicling his experiences as a new parent.

His first child “woke up every two hours for the first two years of her life,” he explains on his website, and the comic itself is “a testament to the fact at that a lack of sleep causes insanity.” Indeed, many of Nevers’ comics make fun of the ridiculous situations new parents may find themselves in, such as realizing that their toddlers are better at cleaning up than they are themselves.

Unsurprisingly, most of the comic revolves around the toddler meant to represent Nevers’ daughter, and how she has changed her parents’ lives. In one comic, she surprises them with her quickly growing vocabulary by repeating the swear words they accidentally taught her. “We need to bring back the swear jar!” her mother says – not for their child, but for themselves. In another strip, Nevers depicts the different reactions he and his wife have to his daughter throwing her food across the room: He envisions a future baseball star, while his wife sees red.

But the comic doesn’t focus solely on parenting a young child; it also covers Nevers’ relationship with his own parents and their Chinese heritage. In one strip, his parents are shown spending hours trying to get their granddaughter to sleep by ordering her to “go to sleep” in Mandarin – instructions that are ineffective well past her bedtime. In another strip, jokingly entitled “The Best Part About Asian Parents,” Nevers’ character enjoys the large amount of food that his parents brought over for a “casual lunch.” The name of the series itself is a reference to Nevers’ Chinese heritage.

“So much about how your parents brought you up becomes clear once you have you own children,” Nevers says. “You appreciate how hard it was – everything from grocery shopping to sleeping becomes much more difficult once you have this small human to take care of. It leads to some real absurdities, like a tech entrepreneur creating a comic strip as he lies awake every night trying to get his daughter to go to sleep.”

“Family Happiness” can be found on the web at FamilyHappiness.com and on Facebook.

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