For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, almost 2 years ago

    I don’t like that look on Michael’s face; he’s thinking his mother has gone nuts

  2. Bailey

    Bailey said, almost 2 years ago

    … but she may be right. It worked for me.

  3. MAC45

    MAC45 said, almost 2 years ago

    @TEMPLO S.U.D.

    I agree.

  4. LFate

    LFate GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Elly might have somethinghere. Brad probably isn’t used to someone being nice to him.

  5. Kasper

    Kasper said, almost 2 years ago

    A soft answer turneth away wrath.
    Yeah, right …
    On the other hand, standing up to bullies only works when you’re bigger than them.

  6. K.C. Fahel

    K.C. Fahel said, almost 2 years ago

    In Junior High, there was a girl who was constantly picking on me, beating me up, etc. One time, after an altercation, we were called into the principal’s office. I got there first. The principal asked me what the issue was. I said, “I don’t know. One thing I know about V is that, I’ve seen her with her friends; she’s a good friend, but a bad enemy.” When V got there, the principal made me repeat that. After school V gave me the worst thrashing of my life. Soon after, she disappeared. Years & years later, I was at work at a store when she came in, headed right to me (I had a moment of panic), and hugged me. It turned out that she had to spend a long time in a psychiatric hospital. A number of times she contemplated suicide, but it was MY words – that I said that she was capable of being a good friend – that she held on to & got her through.

  7. Hedgehog52

    Hedgehog52 said, almost 2 years ago

    The problem with turning the other cheek is that you only have two cheeks. Neville Chamberlain comes to mind on this plotline.

  8. riverhawk

    riverhawk GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Some places have a youth officer on the police force. Might be worth a try.

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, almost 2 years ago

    Lynn’s Notes:
    I confess- I was a fighter. My mother suggested I try and get to know the kids I was fighting with, to try and understand them, see where they lived, find some common ground. In a couple of instances, this worked. Carol, the girl whose finger I broke, became a friend of sorts. We continued to have our differences, but with few kids our age in the neighbourhood, we eventually got along. Another truce was made with a boy called Murray, whose mother was a widow and was raising four kids. I felt sorry for him.

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, almost 2 years ago

    @SUSAN NEWMAN

    Sage advice. The bully mentality is learned. They act as if they must show their strength by hurting others. Always the weaker fearful ones they go after. Just like any predator. So they too need help. But it doesn’t do any good to just be nice.

  11. algurka

    algurka GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    Being nice to a bully just makes them think that you’re weak, capitulating to them, and that they have won. You are REWARDING them for their bad behavior.

  12. sjsczurek

    sjsczurek said, almost 2 years ago

    @algurka

    Exactly!

  13. Vice Admiral Allan |  youtube.com/iamallan2

    Vice Admiral Allan | youtube.com/iamallan2 said, almost 2 years ago

    @K.C. Fahel

    That’s a great story.

  14. Vice Admiral Allan |  youtube.com/iamallan2

    Vice Admiral Allan | youtube.com/iamallan2 said, almost 2 years ago

    There was a story from years ago, (not me!) but a boy in a church was being ‘bullied’. He spoke to his youth pastor, but nothing was done. He spoke to his dad, who was the Senior Pastor. His dad sat him down and said “You can fight him, but that would not only disappoint me, but God as well. OR, you can do what I did when I was your age – give him a candy.” On Sunday, the boy took two candies, and when the bully started in on him, the kid offered the candy to the bully. This went on for 3 or 4 weeks, before the bully stopped the kid in the hall and said “look, what gives?! Why, when I want to hurt you, do you give me candy? Why would you treat me this way?” The little boy answered “you get more flies with honey, then vinegar.” From that point on, the two became inseparable, and best of friends.
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    Moral? Kill your enemies with kindness, love, and happiness, and they’ll become friends.

  15. Wendy

    Wendy GoComics PRO Member said, almost 2 years ago

    I’d just like to know what kind of parent knows that their child is being beaten up and doesn’t immediately take matters into their own hands. Be nice to him? Okay Elly, but how about you and John 1) Call the school and 2) Pay a little visit to the bully’s parents and advise them it’s time they taught their son how to behave.

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