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, about 4 years ago

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

  2. Bailey

    Bailey said, about 4 years ago

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

  3. MAC45

    MAC45 said, about 4 years ago

    @TEMPLO S.U.D.

    I agree.

  4. LFate

    LFate GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

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

  5. Kasper

    Kasper said, about 4 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, about 4 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. Hedgehog

    Hedgehog said, about 4 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, about 4 years ago

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

  9. algurka

    algurka said, about 4 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.

  10. sjsczurek

    sjsczurek said, about 4 years ago



  11. Vice Admiral Allan

    Vice Admiral Allan GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago

    @K.C. Fahel

    That’s a great story.

  12. Vice Admiral Allan

    Vice Admiral Allan GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 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.
    Moral? Kill your enemies with kindness, love, and happiness, and they’ll become friends.

  13. Wendy

    Wendy said, about 4 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.

  14. route66paul

    route66paul said, about 4 years ago

    Standing up to bullies is the last thing they expect – hit first and as hard as you can. a few things can happen
    1. he decides you can hurt him and he just leaves(maybe calling you a weak fighter, but not really wanting any more.
    2. you still get you butt kicked, but have the respect of your peers, so it won’t happen again.
    3. This always changes what people think of you and you might make a new friend. better than having him for an enemy.

    getting beat up happens to kids – just make sure they don’t want to do it again.

  15. prrdh

    prrdh said, about 4 years ago


    “A” bully? Which bully are you talking about?
    Or are you saying that they’re all identical? If so, what makes stereotyping in this case better than stereotyping anywhere else?
    Some of the people here have anecdotes to “prove” that being nice works, others have anecdotes to “prove” that it doesn’t. Is it possible that there’s a lesson there?

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