Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Calvin and Hobbes

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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Only thing they are talking about is the desire of a six year-old to not be there.

  2. LX013

    LX013 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Talking together is important in a family!

  3. Seasisme

    Seasisme said, over 2 years ago

    Talking helps solve problems

  4. Susie Derkins D:

    Susie Derkins D: said, over 2 years ago

    TV is messing with your brain.

  5. ORMouseworks

    ORMouseworks said, over 2 years ago

    Calvin…the day will come when you wish you Had enjoyed your Mom and Dad’s company during mealtimes. But, being a child in the late 20th century, that simply is Not going to compute for you at this time! ;)

  6. Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist (Justice For Michael_wme!)

    Fiendly Neighbourhood Terrorist (Justice For Michael_wme!) said, over 2 years ago

    I am totally on Calvin’s side here. Dinnertime conversation is stultifying at best and better avoided.

  7. orinoco womble

    orinoco womble said, over 2 years ago

    Few kids at that age really registered their parents’ first names when I was growing up. They were Mom and Dad, even used those names to talk to and of each other. The “parents as friends, call me by my name” thing came later. Even in about 1990, when I’d been married for years, it occurred to me once to call my mother by her given name. She gave me such a look!!

    In Europe, well-brought-up kids are taught to ask “Please may I leave the table?” when finished. As for TV, in S. Europe where I live, it usually is right next to the dining table and runs constantly throughout the meal (not in our house, though.) This comes from the times when TV had only two half-channels. Channel 1 started broadcasting at 3 PM with the news (lunchtime here), while Channel 2 started at about 7 PM. They both signed off by 2 AM at the latest. We didn’t have 24-hr broadcasting till the late 1980s.

  8. MayoGalway

    MayoGalway GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    That’s right, “what channel?”

  9. DreamScourge

    DreamScourge said, over 2 years ago

    If I remember this rightly, the adults talked pretty much ignoring us children unless we complained that we were bored or finished, they would then tell us that it was rude to leave the table while others were eating (true in a restaurant) and then continue to ignore us while hardly touching their food while they talked. I’m on Calvin’s side in this (other than that the TV is the demon that has helped destroy society :D )

  10. Joshua

    Joshua said, over 2 years ago

    Calvin’s parents were never given names, since as far as the strip is concerned, they are only important as Calvin’s mom and dad.

  11. Hobbes

    Hobbes GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    As with so many things in life, it’s all about balance. Parents need to set aside mealtime as family time and use it to give their kids some undivided attention. At the same time, they need to be sensitive to the fact that little kids are little kids, not little adults, and not force them to sit and listen to adult conversation in which they are incapable of participating, after they have finished eating.

  12. battle of plattsburgh

    battle of plattsburgh said, over 2 years ago

    Just eat your spinach and broccoli.

  13. Poollady

    Poollady said, over 2 years ago

    Calvin’s right. Why do you think they invented TV Dinners? (Guess I’m showing my age here)

  14. yimhere

    yimhere said, over 2 years ago

    I’m with Calvin’s mom & dad on this one. Our family dinners were great open discussions – even when my brother and I were younger. Everyone expressed their opinions – and were encouraged to do so. I think we learned to respect and love one another in spite of our differences. It was a great learning opportunity, and enriching personal experience in growing up. Sadly, it may be a time honored tradition that is losing it’s place in a divided society with faceless beliefs. Oophh…. all this from a cartoon???

  15. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 2 years ago

    I have a feeling Calvin knows something that dad doesn’t know or doesn’t want to acknowledge. Calvin’s mother may not be that interested in family time either. Calvin’s mother probably finds Calvin’s dad irritating. Calvin’s dad is interested in forced interactions because that’s all he can get, even though he needs more.

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