For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 3 years ago

    Give him a key so he can get out of the rain would be a good start. Most parents do that.

  2. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 said, over 3 years ago

    Elly, you’re ranting at the wrong person (and Michael’s answer would be a resounding “YES!”). So zip it, dearie!

  3. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 3 years ago

    ‘Caring for them’ doesn’t mean being slaves to them.

  4. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, over 3 years ago

    Am sure this same issue comes up every day in millions of households….the woman’s job is never treated with enough respect and it is assumed she will always be the one inconvenienced when children get sick or out of school early.

    Those kids have a dad,too. He must have days off or lenient working conditions that give him the option of personal days off when needed. He sounds quite chauvinistic at times.

  5. YokohamaMama

    YokohamaMama said, over 3 years ago


    Their dad is a self-employed dentist. He can easily schedule free days, but difficult to take one suddenly.

  6. YokohamaMama

    YokohamaMama said, over 3 years ago

    Her kids get plenty of love and attention. She rarely has to have them go elsewhere after school, but because she was home with Liz, she has to catch up. Working mothers still look after their kids, but it is not a 24 hour a day job once they are in school.

  7. nickel_penny

    nickel_penny said, over 3 years ago

    Get Liz out of daycare and actually raise her.

    Ever wonder why today’s kids are such brats? It’s because they’re not being raised by their parents.

  8. IndyMan

    IndyMan said, over 3 years ago


    ‘Who(or)whomever you are, you hit the nail on the head. Other people cannot discipline a child the way a parent can(and I stress) can but even today a lot of parents WON’T because they want to be their children’s friend and not their parent. My children didn’t really care for me because I made them behave and have respect for other people. Strangers can’t do that.

  9. westny77

    westny77 said, over 3 years ago

    You have the right idea John.
    Ellie zip it. You are starting to bore me.
    You want to go to work go to work. Mike will get over it
    And please use mouth wash your breath stinks..

  10. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 said, over 3 years ago


    He’s a dentist in a solo practice. Who’s going to cover for him when it comes to treating his patients — his receptionist? In other words, he doesn’t have the luxury of “days off” or “lenient working conditions.” If he’s not there, there’s no income coming in at all.

  11. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, over 3 years ago


    That’s right. If he was the owner of a store or restaurant or other kind of business he could have his manager take over so he could go home if needed. Customers will probably not know the difference. But a dentist has patients coming in with appointments and if he has to run home the patients have their appointments cancelled or rescheduled. They may desperately need to see the dentist because they’re in pain. Elly needs to face it, her job is not as important as his. Not because she’s a woman but because her husband is a dentist.

  12. hcr1985

    hcr1985 said, over 3 years ago


    Many families, unfortunately, do not have that luxury to have only one income. Many families need both parents working. For many, it’s not a matter of “Keeping up with the Joneses” as it is a matter of “Keeping the Fridge Stocked and the Lights On”

  13. lightenup

    lightenup said, over 3 years ago


    Not true. The kids that I know who were “raised” by their parents are the brats because their parents were so tired of doing the hard job of disciplining 24/7 that they gave up and let their kids rule the roost. The kids that I know who went to day care actually listen to adults because that’s what they were expected to do from a young age.

    The problem is not WHO raises kids, it’s HOW they’re raised. I’ve always expected respect from my kids and they are disciplined when they get out of control. Too many parents let their kids be in charge and be their “friend”, and those children are the same ones who expect the rest of the world to do their bidding the same way. Stop encouraging the stay-at-home mom vs. working mom battle because it’s a red herring and irrelevant!

  14. Dogday88

    Dogday88 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    WHOA! Huge difference between work that keeps food on the table and roof overhead and one that is used to fill in time. I’ve been both a stay-at-home and a working mom, but I was fortunately always able to be home when my son was home. I was the adult, and my “I need, I need….” came second to the child’s. It still existed, but in its right place. I guess the cultural mantra “Family first”: only applies when it doesn’t interfere with someone’s feminist or any other agenda.

  15. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, over 3 years ago


    Give him a key so he can get out of the rain would be a good start. Most parents do that.

    Not when the kid is 8 years old.

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