For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. Wolfdreamer250

    Wolfdreamer250 said, about 4 years ago

    This reminds me of something that happend to me as a kid. I was older then Elizabth though. I was 8 and at a video store with my dad. He said it was time to go and I said in a minute. He then said, I’m leaving in the car with or without you. Once again I said, in a minute. Well when my “minute” was done I looked for my dad in the store and couldn’t find him. Then I looked for the car in the parking lot. It was gone too!!

    I learned something that day. A three mile walk home when your 8 makes you listen to your parents the first time they tell you to do something.

  2. Gweedo - It's legal here !!! -  Murray

    Gweedo - It's legal here !!! - Murray GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Wolfdreamer250 Nowadays they’ll cry child abuse. If they take the kid away… . good riddance.

  3. gmartin997

    gmartin997 GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    My mother had her own remedy when I was 4 – a harness and leash! And, Wolfdreamer, when I was 8 they didn’t even have television!

  4. hildigunnur

    hildigunnur GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    Wolfdreamer250 yes one probably would be thrown in jail or something now. Lizzie’s 2 or 3 years old though, not 8.

  5. cdward

    cdward said, about 4 years ago

    *I suppose with an 8 year old it depends on if the kid knows where they are or if they’d ever walked the path before. In our neighborhood - well, there’s just a highway where people get killed walking along it - I don’t let my kids walk home - and I don’t do it either.

    However, there are better ways to get the kid to move. (NEVER make a threat you won’t keep, of course). Grab the kid’s hand and start walking. Eventually, the kid will either walk or be dragged. That does NOT constitute child abuse, I promise (from experience as both recipient and giver of said treatment.).

  6. cutiepie29

    cutiepie29 said, about 4 years ago

    Cdward, I was going to say exactly what you just said. Never make a threat that you aren’t willing to keep. That way just lies more trouble.

  7. cluciana

    cluciana said, about 4 years ago

    What I want to know is, if she’s walking that far with a little one , why doesn’t she have a stroller????

  8. Stuart Gathman

    Stuart Gathman said, about 4 years ago

    I did that with our 3 year old. But I walked just out of sight, then hid behind a fence to keep an eye on her and see what she would do. It took a good 10 minutes for her to even notice I was gone. Then she ran around in a panic, then sat down in the middle of the path and started bawling. Some people came up and asked where her mommy was, so I had to come out of hiding. Object lessons are so difficult these days.

  9. Tanya

    Tanya said, about 4 years ago

    Since she’s too big for the backpack (see previous strips in the past couple of days), then she could be too big for the stroller. Back then, they didn’t make them adjustable (as I recollect).

  10. Vice Admiral Allan |  youtube.com/iamallan2

    Vice Admiral Allan | youtube.com/iamallan2 said, about 4 years ago

    when I was 8, I wanted to get away from my mom, and the Church Bus didn’t show up … so I walked there. All 5km.

    When I got home, my hide was tanned. :(

  11. Kyrrdis

    Kyrrdis said, about 4 years ago

    Downside: contributes to child obesity. Upside: ELLY is getting good cardio…

  12. ejcapulet

    ejcapulet said, about 4 years ago

    My 2-year-old was like Lizzie, I regularly had to haul her along by the hand while she screamed and howled. Then my mother-in-law came to stay and at first she carried my kid all over; then her back went out and the doctor told her that the kid could walk (hey, I warned her). After that, my daughter had to learn to walk without pitching a fit.

  13. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, about 4 years ago

    In 2006 (see link), when Lynn Johnston redid this strip with Deanna and Meredith, she apparently did not like the original ending in today’s strip from 1981. However, I think the real question here is “How is Elly holding Lizzie up in the last panel?” I have never carried any of my children like that. If I did, I’m sure they would have tumbled to the ground immediately.

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  14. longandgreen

    longandgreen said, about 4 years ago

    trust me they hang on like a leech… lol love my kids and love my grandchildren more.. but when they want they can hang tough.

  15. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, about 4 years ago

    [sigh] One of these days!

    I bet the social workers will get a laugh out of that. “I wasn’t really abandoning my child; I was trying to show her how to walk on her own!”

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