For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 3 years ago

    Ellie, you can’t be constantly badmouthing your husband and not expect the kids to do it.

  2. tammyspeakslife

    tammyspeakslife GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    My kids fought and I made a point of not badmouthing their dad…who was never there

  3. bluskies

    bluskies said, about 3 years ago


    From whence cometh THAT comment?

  4. curmudgeon68

    curmudgeon68 said, about 3 years ago


    Don’t feed the troll.

  5. goweeder

    goweeder said, about 3 years ago


    What troll?!? Did I miss it?

  6. lightenup

    lightenup said, about 3 years ago

    Ellie’s comment has nothing to do with what she thinks about her parenting. Most parents just hope that their kids will be wonderful and everything will be perfect, even with little effort. It’s a fantasy that is usually burst on the first week of the baby’s existence, but it’s still nice to hope for.

  7. sjsczurek

    sjsczurek said, about 3 years ago

    Everybody wants the perfect thing; the perfect marriage, perfect partner, perfect kids with perfect behavior. But life just isn’t that way. All we can do is try the best we can. I know that sounds totally corny, but it’s the simple truth. We want to be better parents than our own parents were – if such a thing is possible – and we want our kids to be better behaved than we were, and not make the same mistakes we did. But life – well, you know.

  8. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, about 3 years ago

    She’s being awfully unrealistic to think her kids will be different than any other kids on the planet. Normal brothers and sisters argue, in this Michael and Elizabeth are 100% normal. Elly should take comfort in that. If they didn’t ever argue and got along perfectly, then she ought to worry!

  9. dsom8

    dsom8 said, about 3 years ago

    For all that people say here about Elly, at least she is not always looking for something wrong to comment about.

  10. catman5169

    catman5169 said, about 3 years ago

    They each fought with their siblings….it’s inherited.

  11. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, about 3 years ago

    “She’s either saying her kids are better than she was or her parenting is better than her parent’s parenting, so she expects different behavior from her kids . . .”
    When I’ve said or thought stuff like she said, I didn’t think I was a better parent than others, or that my kids were superior to other kids. I just expected good things because they were mine! (Didn’t always turn out that way.)
    And I don’t think the kids fight because of the way their parents act. I knew a couple of kids who had the mildest, most pleasant parents you can imagine. The kids were always at each others’ throats. Often kids seem to come into world with personalities that don’t change much, barring catastrophe.

  12. rekam

    rekam GoComics PRO Member said, about 3 years ago

    My brother and I fought as kids. Now we’re 80 and 76 and he’s living with me. No one can predict the future.

  13. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, about 3 years ago

    Yeah, my parents expected their own kids to be the finest examples of humanity ever – a combination of Jesus and Albert Einstein and a top pro football player. However they couldn’t be expected to muster up enough energy to make us anything to eat.

  14. RedBaron38

    RedBaron38 said, about 3 years ago

    Only one thing separates Elly from being an ideal mother and her children being perfect:

  15. RedBaron38

    RedBaron38 said, about 3 years ago

    So Parental Stupidity & Arrogance live on? Why would Elly ever expect her defective genes to mix with John’s normal once to create superior children? You mix pond water with raw sewage, you ain’t gettin’Evian!
    her inferior parenting skills are also no help. She favors Cute Lizzie over Smart Michael, so she becomes just as arrogant a brat as her mother, and he reacts with justified anger, but because he’s the older child she expects him to suffer in silence. I would never have survived my childhood if that witch Elly was my mother!

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