For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. hsawlrae

    hsawlrae said, about 3 years ago

    At LAST !!!

  2. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, about 3 years ago

    IMHO, Ellie didn’t have to be so loud about having her kids pick up their mess. She could have asked them to do so in a moderate voice and given them a little time to do what she asked. If she expects the kids to stay out of her hair, she has to assume they’ll have to play with something. Kids almost never play with one single item at a time.

    I think Ellie has to re-evaluate her priorities and time her daily chores to lighten her load and allow time to spend quality time with her kids. She is always short with them and never seems to enjoy their company.

  3. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 said, about 3 years ago


    And when she does ask them to pick up their mess in a moderate tone of voice, she gets ignored until she has no choice but to do so a little more forcefully. Exactly what else is she supposed to do then? Besides, learning a little responsibility and accountability won’t harm them; Elly’s hardly being a slave-driver here.

  4. bluskies

    bluskies said, about 3 years ago

    @Gokie5 (from yesterday):

    Thanks for the link on those ridiculous “DECORATOR” soaps!

  5. punmeister

    punmeister said, about 3 years ago

    Maybe she means it’s a lot of work for her to rule the kids. No matter how you slice it, it doesn’t make much sense.

  6. jim gamer

    jim gamer said, about 3 years ago

    Yes Mike you got that right !!!!!! 8^(

  7. frightenup

    frightenup said, about 3 years ago


    I agree!! Kids need to learn how to clean up (and Lizzie is not too young!), and learn some responsibility.

  8. Jim in CT

    Jim in CT said, about 3 years ago

    I appreciate your explanation of “work to rule,” as I’d never heard it before.
    But I think she’s just tired of having to do everything.

  9. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, about 3 years ago


    ‘Thanks for the link on those ridiculous “DECORATOR” soaps!’

    YW, Bluskies. I reread them myself, and got the giggles all over again, esp. on Comment 4.

  10. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, about 3 years ago

    Yes, howthe, thanks for explaining that. You saved a lot of us from having to look that up.

    I’ve been wondering why Ellly didn’t deprive them of something earlier, rather than yelling all the time. Then I remembered that this is a comic strip, and dramatic punch lines are the norm.

  11. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, about 3 years ago

    It would be even better if John was helping. The other thing Elly could do is stage a sit down strike. Saw that on the Waltons. Olivia put a chair in the middle of the floor and sat in it, and said she wasn’t doing anything until she got more help. It worked, she got a second honeymoon out of it.

  12. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, about 3 years ago

    Susan, you and a few others need to keep in mind what Gokie said. You expect a comic strip character to behave like a normal human being and absolutely vilify her when she doesn’t. Gokie has rightly pointed out that the “norm” in a comic strip is just such overreactions and drama. Lighten up and enjoy the strip for what it is. Don’t try to make a comic strip character (by definition a caricature) into some kind of child abuser and shrew.

  13. RedBaron38

    RedBaron38 said, about 3 years ago

    Because Elly is slime and enjoys being on power trips. I admit I am a little Obsessive-Compulsive, but that is nothing compared to Elly, who revels in being a petty dictator always trying to shape everyone’s life the way SHE sees fit. If John were there, he’d probably take the kids and run! Of course, more often than not, Elly usually screws it up and I’m suprised that at some point she didn’t choke to death on her own foot.

  14. firebrand1

    firebrand1 said, about 3 years ago

    A quote from Mel Brook’s Men in Tights ‘It is good to be the
    king’ As family ruler when all else fails use absolute family
    power to get things done.

  15. argy.bargy2

    argy.bargy2 said, about 3 years ago

    Unlike Elly Patterson, Alice Mitchell has a supportive husband.

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