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, over 2 years ago

    oh, that must’ve been quite a relief (Ellie’s plan must’ve worked)

  2. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, over 2 years ago

    Elly’s plan may have worked but kids should not try this at home with a real bully.

    The advice usually given on how to handle bullies is to :

    1. Do not retaliate or fight back.
    2. Maintain your composure and walk away.
    3. Stick with a friend or group of friends wherever the bullying seems to happen.
    4. Ask teachers or other school officials for help.
    5. Your parents should contact the school officials to let them know what is going on.
    6. Let the school officials contact the bully’s parents and do not do that yourself.

  3. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, over 2 years ago

    Good for Mike. What a gutsy kid for following his mom’s advice in spite of his fears. Also, good on Brad for being so quick to change his attitude for the better.

  4. Bailey

    Bailey said, over 2 years ago

    As I said before… it worked for me.

  5. ARF2

    ARF2 said, over 2 years ago

    “Be kind to your enemy and drive him crazy” is a sword that can cut both ways!

  6. MAC45

    MAC45 said, over 2 years ago

    I`ll be darned if Elly`s idea actually worked.However, in the real world,Mike would have been stomped.

  7. Rufus The naked mole rat

    Rufus The naked mole rat said, over 2 years ago

    I had a feeling that would happen. It’s like Frankie Stecchino of “Boy Meets World.” He looks like a tough guy, but on the inside he’s actually kind and caring.

  8. TheIrishInquisition

    TheIrishInquisition said, over 2 years ago

    A naive view of bullies is presented in this comic.

  9. neatslob

    neatslob said, over 2 years ago

    “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and The Lord will reward you.” – Proverbs 25:21-22, NIV.

  10. js305

    js305 said, over 2 years ago

    Yes, and sometimes, after all else fails, somebody has to beat the crap out of the bully, as that is all they will understand.

  11. freewaydog

    freewaydog said, over 2 years ago


    Those methods don’t work either, usually the bully is protected by school officials & staff & often the victim is blamed. I know,…

  12. masnadies

    masnadies said, over 2 years ago

    Lynn has said in her notes earlier in the week that they were fighters where she grew up, and sometimes they’d work out alliances just like this, and sometimes not. But clearly she does know of what she speaks. However yes, that was a different environment

  13. Hedgehog

    Hedgehog said, over 2 years ago

    It’s a cartoon, people. You can’t use this to make decisions on what to do in real life. “howtheduck” has it right.

  14. prrdh

    prrdh said, over 2 years ago


    Sometimes it is. No two bullies are alike, because bullies are (lest we forget) people, and no two people are alike.

  15. prfesser

    prfesser said, over 2 years ago


    Actually, #6 can work. My son was being picked on by a kid – I called the kid’s mother (single parent). Her response was what all parents seem to think – “It’s the school’s business to take care of this.” My response: no. Parents are responsible for raising their children with a proper sense of values. If you can’t do that, maybe you shouldn’t have a child. Tell your kid to leave my kid alone, or I’ll see you in court." Result: the kid told my son he was not allowed to pick on my son anymore. End of story.
    It is not the school’s responsibility to raise your kids. That is your job as a parent. If you can’t handle it, maybe you need to let someone else take your child from you and raise the child right. Stop passing the buck.

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