Helllooo, Mama Bear!


It’s happening. Cue the ominous “Jaws” music. Amy. Is. Dating.

Sure, there are the standard jokes about the teenage girl’s dad interrogating the date and polishing his shotgun.

But what about the mom? This is her baby, too, after all.

Well, if you’re anything like Jill, first you’ll make it all about YOU.



Then, suddenly, it’ll hit you. She’s growing up. And dating legitimately. And maybe even engaging in, um… (fingers in ears) LALALALALA!

(Dads: This is when you should stop reading.)


Luckily, the mother’s pragmatic instincts usually kick in around this time. And in the best of situations, you’re saved from a painfully embarrassing conversation…for both of you.


As pragmatic as you are, though, that won’t stop you from staying up late, worrying. Or texting your daughter every ten minutes. Or being a general pain in the a**. But that’s okay, you’re a mom. In this case, you have an excuse for your stalkerish protective tendencies.

And maybe someday, with enough therapy, she’ll forgive you.

Good luck, Mom.


3 thoughts on “Helllooo, Mama Bear!

  1. Terri….I always love the strip. The fact that Jill and Rob are about the same age as my wife and I are, and that we have teenage kids, sometimes makes me wonder if I am reading my own biography.

    Anyway, I have a stated promise to my kids that I will pick them up from anywhere at anytime with no questions asked, and that I will never be in a condition where I cannot do that. With kids entering the dating scene, do you wish to visit such a promise in the strip?

    Take care. Happy day off.


  2. Dear Terri,
    I am a husband, with a wife, and two “kids” (20 and 24), who delights in reading your strips everyday.
    We are roman catholic not jew, living ten thousands miles from you, with two sons, not daughters, in a different country (Italy)…but I can look at your stripes like in a mirror of our every day life (e.g., your tutorial on changing toilet paper roll was very useful to remind the familiy chores to the youngsters…).
    Don’t you find it at minimum intriguing, if not alarming ?


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