For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. Bret Maverick

    Bret Maverick said, over 3 years ago


  2. Downundergirl

    Downundergirl said, over 3 years ago

    That’s right, play the Guilt Card Mike.

  3. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, over 3 years ago

    ‘Out of the mouth of babes’… As the expression goes.

    Good thing seniors can still work nowadays…Ellie may have to wait till then to seek outside jobs for self- fulfillment. She’d be better to develop self- employment opportunities so she can work around her household duties.

  4. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 3 years ago

    It’s true, though.
    While I know of couples that reversed roles and did so successfully, they were the exception, not the rule.
    The second job has consistently been claimed in multiple studies to net less than 20%, with 80% going to paying for the extra car or other transportation, day care, and so on. I would guess it’s less than that because of the health costs that the kids are going to incur in daycare. We’ve recreated a situation like the NYC 1880s tenement in our day care, with kids below the age of 6 being absolutely bombarded by viruses and bacteria. As a result, asthma and other diseases caused by viruses have gone through the roof.
    It’s striking: earlier this year, the local school district said that it was “normal” for kids to have a cold almost every week. Compare that to when I was in 1-12 and it was typical for a kid to have a cold once a term.

  5. samsaulavi

    samsaulavi GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    The innocence of childhood and of not understanding the reality of life. Two income families keep some folks off welfare and in their homes. For some, it is a single parent working to keep a place to live and food on the table.

    I have no idea how my single mother did it all. We had a home, food, clothing and a father who did his best to make it difficult to do so.

    Kids adapt and sometimes have to grow up earlier. I got a job the moment it was legal to do so. I remember when we ate on my teenage paycheck. No sob story, just reality.

  6. sleeepy2

    sleeepy2 said, over 3 years ago

    Nabuq: " with kids below the age of 6 being absolutely bombarded by viruses and bacteria"

    What a bunch of nonsense. Citation needed, not anecdotes.

  7. Jean

    Jean said, over 3 years ago

    ouch, I had that statement laid on my once when my son was 6. I was a single mom and had no choice but to work and he didn’t understand why all of a sudden I had to be away from home everyday and was not there when he got home from school……although I did arrive home within 20 minutes so he was not with a neighbor for very long.

  8. rowena28

    rowena28 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    You have it exactly backwards. It is a lack of exposure to germs that is weakening kids’ immune systems today. Environments are too sterile, with overuse of antibacterial soaps. Day care also enables children to interact with their peers & develop social skills.

    John was not forced to stop working when he had children so it is sexist to expect Elly to do so. She has as much right to work & have a life outside the home as a man with children does. She doesn’t draw a special “stuck at home” card simply because of her gender.

  9. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, over 3 years ago

    I have seen it time and time again. The second job produces little income. Others have mentioned day-care as added expense, but have missed additional taxes (Payroll tax at 7.65%). Add to that possibly a higher tax bracket to the additional income along with additional state (in most states) and local taxes. And don’t forget additional meals in restaurants.

  10. androscoggin

    androscoggin said, over 3 years ago

    MOST peoples’ attitude is “Me, me, me.” If you don’t take care of yourself, no one else will. Fortunately, most of us are motivated to help others, too – which is (usually) good for both them and us.

  11. GrumblyWalnut

    GrumblyWalnut GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Mneedle: Don’t forget the work clothes and the mental health professionals you have to pay for to combat your stress! Some families do have to have both working to make ends meet, and some parents have to go it alone. Elly is doing this for herself, and she should have done that BEFORE she had the kids so she could enjoy her life as it happens instead of trying to “make up” for what she was missing.

  12. gaebie

    gaebie said, over 3 years ago

    Wanna bet Ellie will now quit her library job?

  13. curmudgeon68

    curmudgeon68 said, over 3 years ago


    Do you every listen to the crap the comes out of your mouth?

  14. samhuff

    samhuff said, over 3 years ago

    But you know, women having jobs gives them an employment record when the marriage breaks up for whatever reason.

  15. L Nelson

    L Nelson said, over 3 years ago

    So, why is she telling all this to Michael? He’s a child and shouldn’t be the one she confides in and complains to.

    Show some motherly compassion for your sick little girl.

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