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Children are attracted to cartoons as a form of expression and it's often easier to "catch" them with humour and by the exageration of things that are difficult. They can often relate easier to a cartoon, where problems can be seen from a safe distance. Cartoons can be used in situations where both parts have become "locked" in the same conflict repeatedly. When I draw, the problem has often continued over a period of time, so I have a chance to observe and listen to how the child experiences a problem and I try to include these observations in my drawing. Because children can have difficulty finding words to express themselves about what is difficult, I try to create both an internal and external picture of the problem using thought bubbles, which also give me a chance to guess how the child feels and possibly what happened prior to the conflict. The children have a chance to gain insight in themselves, that aggressive behaviour can hide other feelings. Sometimes I make a cartoon as a mirror image of a situation, to put a child in focus. The actual cartoon becomes a common experience and can lead to a dialog. A cartoon can make a child feel "seen" and understood by the adult. Both when things are difficult but also when the child has a good period. Another important element in my cartoons is that they give the child an insight into the adults around them, what they are thinking and feeling. The children see how their surroundings experience them and their behaviour. I draw cartoons as a series of snap-shots, still-pictures from a busy every day existence. The cartoons give time to dwell on a detail, talk about single sentences and expressions. They are possible windows enabling a discussion about the why's and how's of a conflict.