For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. Bret Maverick

    Bret Maverick said, 11 months ago

    Ouch.

  2. Downundergirl

    Downundergirl said, 11 months ago

    That’s right, play the Guilt Card Mike.

  3. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, 11 months 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, 11 months ago

    It’s true, though.
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    While I know of couples that reversed roles and did so successfully, they were the exception, not the rule.
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    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.
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    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, 11 months 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 GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months 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. bawana

    bawana said, 11 months ago

    @samsaulavi

    Now, just think if that young couple had considered the financial aspects of kids BEFORE they started having them? Yes, it can be said that if you wait until you can afford it, you will never have them- what does that tell you? 1.If only those that could afford it had kids, the world would not be over populated today. 2.I wouldn’t be paying for theirs through taxes and cover for those that stay home to care of their offspring while I cover for them at work.

  8. John Robillard

    John Robillard GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    We both worked and had the kids in daycare. Sick children stay home and up to the age of 12 you have insurance which pays one parent to stay home with them (Sweden). Daycare helps children learn to be good in groups, they learn that the way mommy does it isn’t the only way. Just make sure your daycare is staffed by professionals.

  9. Jean

    Jean said, 11 months 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.

  10. rowena28

    rowena28 GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    @Nabuquduriuzhur

    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.

  11. Tax Man

    Tax Man said, 11 months 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.

  12. androscoggin

    androscoggin said, 11 months 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.

  13. GrumblyWalnut

    GrumblyWalnut GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months 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.

  14. gaebie

    gaebie said, 11 months ago

    Wanna bet Ellie will now quit her library job?

  15. curmudgeon68

    curmudgeon68 said, 11 months ago

    @Nabuquduriuzhur

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

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