For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    When you get a bad reputation the sitters will say “no” or demand a high fee for the job.

  2. MAC45

    MAC45 said, over 3 years ago

    That`s what my dear old departed mom had to do.My brother and I were holy terrors.

  3. Arye Uygur

    Arye Uygur said, over 3 years ago

    Looks like El is in no mood to make dinner.

  4. masnadies

    masnadies said, over 3 years ago

    True this. Our town is full of families with small kids, fighting over the same sitters. You have to grovel 3 weeks out with good pay and nice kids!

  5. Jean

    Jean said, over 3 years ago

    why not just take the kids with you to a family restaurant. I mean you have to fix dinner for the kids anyway. My parents almost never went anyplace with out the 4 of us. Of course back in the day families didn’t eat out alot. There were no Mickey D’s, or Pizza place.
    As I raised my children, we went out to eat once a week but usually to a fast food place because it was a treat for the kids and got me out of cooking for a night.

  6. IndyMan

    IndyMan said, over 3 years ago

    Face it, Patterson, you are eating out tonight. No quiet evening at home, after looking at people’s teeth all day.
    But most of the money you made will go to pay the sitter!!!

  7. lightenup

    lightenup said, over 3 years ago

    Or you can just swap with a friend. If they watch your kids, you’ll watch theirs another time. Cheap and easy!

    @IndyMan – Boy, are you a sourpuss this morning. Sitters are not going to take up “most of the money” a dentist makes in a day. And why can’t they go out every once in a while? My husband travels a lot and enjoys staying at home when he’s here, but he still wants to go out with his wife (and the kids too, but sometimes just me) to make things special.

  8. QuietStorm27

    QuietStorm27 said, over 3 years ago


    Good morning again lightenup! My best friend and I both have too many children for the swap with a friend idea. Luckily for us, our oldest children are old enough to watch the younger children every once in awhile.

  9. hcr1985

    hcr1985 said, over 3 years ago

    Either that, or pay a high last minute fee!!!

  10. mollie05

    mollie05 said, over 3 years ago

    Good Morning again Shyygirl27 and lightenup I remember making 25 cents an hour babysitting in the early 1970’s. I was very popular in my neighborhood!!

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Lynn’s Notes:
    We were lucky to have several wonderful babysitters who would come at a moment’s notice. One resource was the Clarke family and their four daughters. I remember calling at the most inopportune times, and if one of the girls couldn’t come, Loretta would take the baby herself! I would do anything for her as well, which is what good friends do. She and I have been close for over 30 years!

  12. ARF2

    ARF2 said, over 3 years ago

    Theres always Calvin’s sitter, Rosalyn. She could use a break— any kid has got to be less of a pain than Calvin.

  13. angusdad

    angusdad said, over 3 years ago


    Thank you for posting Lynn’s notes. It gives us insight about what was going on behind the comics and is entertaining.

  14. AThomas75

    AThomas75 said, over 3 years ago

    I love reading Lynn’s comments on the daily strip. Fun!

  15. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, over 3 years ago


    I must have lived in a bigger town than you did. I got 35 cents per hour in the early 60’s.

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