For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 said, about 3 years ago

    More interesting, but far less efficient or effective. Who wants to take the time to rearrange the dishes, bowls, cups, and utensils so that they can actually be used?

    That said, I’m surprised that Elly apparently hasn’t taught Elizabeth the proper way to set a table. It’s really not that hard!

  2. Jim in CT

    Jim in CT said, about 3 years ago

    I think Elly’s expression is because of the way Elizabeth is carrying (or not carrying) the dishes.

  3. KenTheCoffinDweller

    KenTheCoffinDweller said, about 3 years ago


    Is family dinner time at your house that much of a inhale the food and run situation that people couldn’t/wouldn’t take the time to rearrange their placesettings? Even now that he is 85 my dad would never stand for that kind rush during a family sit down meal.

  4. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 said, about 3 years ago


    Since I’m single (never married and never had kids), it’s irrelevant because I eat on my own schedule. My point is: Why should I have to take the time to do someone else’s job for her? Elizabeth is not too young to be taught some basic responsibilities, and setting the table is a simple enough job that she should be able to master at least the basics without too much trouble. Now, would I expect her to be able to set a formal dinner party? No, but knowing where the one knife, one fork, one spoon, one plate, one cup/glass, and one napkin go isn’t that much of a challenge. Elly should have taught Elizabeth better than that.

  5. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, about 3 years ago


    It is fairly obvious that you have no idea what a 3 or 4 year old is capable of. Elizabeth is doing very well for her age. Elly should not expect perfection from her young daughter. She should, however appreciate her creativity.

  6. legaleagle48

    legaleagle48 said, about 3 years ago


    Malarkey. I was capable of setting the table at Elizabeth’s age, and so are a great many four-year-old children. And “creativity” has no place when a job needs to be done a certain way in order for it to be done at all.

  7. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, about 3 years ago

    @Howtheduck…love your comment. Ellie’s reaction is again over the top. She expects Lizzie to do an adult job at setting the table? I think Ellie must be going through menopause…she has no patience and seems to lack empathy for the kids lately.

  8. tinkerbell12

    tinkerbell12 said, about 3 years ago

    Do any of you realize that these are comic strip characters and NOT real people?

  9. Belaani

    Belaani said, about 3 years ago

    My kids learned how to set a table VERY early! Method? Whoever does it correctly gets a cookie – a nice, home baked one. Wow, they learned everything from the salad fork in…. You can train any kind of animal with food rewards!

  10. algurka

    algurka said, about 3 years ago

    MORE IMPORTANTLY: in panel 2, the glass is falling off the inverted bowl and the silverware is slipping out, but in panel 3, the glass and it’s contents are back to “normal” as in panel 1. How did that happen?

  11. lightenup

    lightenup said, about 3 years ago

    I agree with legaleagle. Kids can and should be taught from toddlers on how to set a table properly. And creativity has nothing to do with it. That’s what arts and crafts are for. Those who think that it’s okay to let kids be “creative” when they should be learning are also confused later when their kids are acting out at school or not able to keep a job. There’s a time and place for everything.

  12. Bethy85

    Bethy85 said, about 3 years ago

    You all do realize there is middle ground right? She could have laughed at how Elizabeth was setting it, remark about its creativity and then correct it with her so that its set right. She doesn’t want to take the time and just flies off the handle, much like how my mom did when I was growing up. There is no reason to get that worked up at your child.

  13. jaeldid66

    jaeldid66 said, about 3 years ago

    If I know that age, Elly HAS taught her to set the table properly, but the wee one has gotten an artistic bug.

  14. jaeldid66

    jaeldid66 said, about 3 years ago

    We never had unbreakable dishes. THey just teach your children that it’s ok to be careless, and that carelessness has no consequences. Never had sippy cups, either.

  15. ncalifgirl58

    ncalifgirl58 said, about 3 years ago


    You are right Bethy. Children deserve loving guidance. I’m sorry you had to go throught that.

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