For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. DAZZ

    DAZZ GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Yes, kids always find things to do that you would not prefer.

  2. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, about 2 years ago

    Awwww…Lizzie’s just a baby and she does have to be allowed to do something….it is up to mom to help her keep herself occupied…

  3. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 said, about 2 years ago

    @kfccanada

    Baby? She’s three years old, going on four. She’s old enough to know better than to do the stuff that Elly’s caught her doing all day long — and Elly certainly shouldn’t have to constantly be finding constructive things for her to do!

  4. Rodney

    Rodney said, about 2 years ago

    @legaleagle48

    You believe in “hands off” parenting then? Let the kids raise themselves? Have you looked around lately to see how well that’s working?

  5. psychlady

    psychlady said, about 2 years ago

    I wonder where her brother is and what he is doing during all of this?

  6. gmartin997

    gmartin997 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 years ago

    Yeah, kid; and the older you get, the worse it gets.

  7. Jean

    Jean said, about 2 years ago

    stop cleaning and go make some cookies and let her help,, then feed her lunch and put her down for a nap…….then clean the house while she is asleep. Believe me spending time with her while you can is something you will miss and if she is 3 it is not too far down the road.

  8. masnadies

    masnadies said, about 2 years ago

    Ah, naps! Mine stopped those at 2. That’s the sort of thing my youngest would do if you weren’t paying enough attention to her, and attention all day every day just to her is not enough for her. Cute in retrospect, but during the day, it’s a real challenge. Will they play with their swings or crayons and paper, or whatever other interesting and educational toys? No. This is the learning they want to do.

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 2 years ago

    Lynn’s Notes:
    This was me. I remember tying knots in the curtains, jumping on the couch, melting crayons on the radiator, peeling the wallpaper, and dropping toys into the biff. I don’t think I was doing these things to be destructive as much as I needed stuff to do. We didn’t have a TV, mom worked all the time doing laundry, canning, cleaning, and making meals. And when she wasn’t doing housework, she sewed for us and did repairs and alterations for the dry cleaners down the street. She tried all kinds of things to keep us occupied. It’s just that we needed constant attention and she wasn’t superhuman. She did the best she could. Rainy weather often kept us indoors even in summertime, so it would be interesting for me to poll some of my fellow North Vancouverites to see if they too were as full of mischief as we were.

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, about 2 years ago

    @SUSAN NEWMAN

    To say I disagree with you is an understatement.

  11. ReneTray

    ReneTray said, about 2 years ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    Thank you for coming to her defense.

  12. Redhead55

    Redhead55 said, about 2 years ago

    @Jean

    Exactly! And Elly should be glad she’s able to be home with her. My daughter, as the main source of income for the family, has a 3 hr a day commute, plus 8 to 10 hrs a day at work. She pines for time with her son. She has play time after dinner with him before bed. Weekends are family time. She always makes sure they all do something fun together and housework is done in his brief nap time. If she has to bring work home it’s done after he’s down for the night. Whew! No wonder she’s always tired!

  13. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 2 years ago

    Because I remembered how destructive I was as a child, as a father, I had ample distractions for my children. On one day however, I went to my six year old daughter’s room and upon looking in, saw her holding the scissors with which she had just cut the strings holding the lower left side of the blinds up. The plastic strips hung and my daughter looked at me with that “Oh no” look all one time children should recall. My morning prayer of “grant me wisdom and presence of mind” kicked in and I swallowed the yell that was building and replaced it with…“Did you cut the blinds?”
    “yes”
    “Why?”
    “I wanted to see what would happen.”
    “What happened.”
    “It broke”
    “ok. So, are you ever going to need to cut another set of blinds?”
    “No.”
    “Cool.”
    Then we went to the store and bought another set of blinds to replace the broken one. She was with me the entire time until it was done and we had a very nice morning. She made other mistakes growing up, but they were always different and with communication, were rarely repeated.
    I miss those days. ;)
    C.

  14. ABADABA

    ABADABA said, about 2 years ago

    @psychlady

    Brother is in school

  15. ABADABA

    ABADABA said, about 2 years ago

    my 18 mo’ and 4yr granddaughters watch word world and sesame street w/grampa

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