For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. DAZZ

    DAZZ said, about 4 years ago

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

  2. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, about 4 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 4 years ago


    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 4 years ago


    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 4 years ago

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

  6. Jean

    Jean said, about 4 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.

  7. masnadies

    masnadies said, about 4 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.

  8. ReneTray

    ReneTray said, about 4 years ago

    Thank you for coming to her defense.

  9. Redhead55

    Redhead55 said, about 4 years ago


    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!

  10. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, about 4 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?”
    “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?”
    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. ;)


    ABADABA said, about 4 years ago


    Brother is in school


    ABADABA said, about 4 years ago

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

  13. otterbyte

    otterbyte said, about 4 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    That’s a wonderful story…I’m going to try hard to remember it the next time one of my beautiful little monsters starts experimenting! So much better than yelling at them, and will probably yield better results. :) Thank you.

  14. georgiiii

    georgiiii said, about 4 years ago

    @Respectful Troll

    And you didn’t get done whatever it was you had planned for the day, but you have a charming memory and so does your daughter. Great work!

  15. FunnyColdmom

    FunnyColdmom said, about 4 years ago

    When kids are little they step on your feet.
    When they grow up they step on your heart
    Old German Saying

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