Herb and Jamaal by Stephen Bentley

Herb and Jamaal

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  1. The J.A.M.

    The J.A.M. said, over 1 year ago


  2. Jack Garrott

    Jack Garrott said, over 1 year ago

    This strip is too true to be funny.

  3. John Robillard

    John Robillard GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Good thing, too.

  4. Logan Sackett

    Logan Sackett GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    A properly applied spanking, as part of an overall system of discipline, is not child abuse.

  5. nighthawks

    nighthawks GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    denial of privileges works better

  6. Charles Smith

    Charles Smith said, over 1 year ago


    It really depends on the kid. If you know your child, you will know what influences him/her the most. All of my children were unique in this regard.

  7. ArizonaBorn

    ArizonaBorn said, over 1 year ago

    I like how he called it a “pat on the back”. I know that there were cases of “child abuse” in my day. But this whole mentality that a spanking/paddling is child abuse is ridiculous. When kids can threaten parents with arrest, it’s completely out of hand. And, I know. My sister’s youngest child tried it. Didn’t work on my sister. But it does on so many.

    Like Charles Smith said, it depends on the child. Spankings never worked for me. They worked for my sister. restriction worked for me. Regardless, parents who aren’t parenting should be parenting. Friendship comes later.

  8. JOregon

    JOregon said, over 1 year ago

    I am 60 years old…..I was never spanked. I have never been a criminal or a malcontent in any way.
    On the other hand Hitler was spanked.
    With my kids it might have been easier/lazier just to swat, but more rewarding to find better ways.
    For instance one of my favorite ploys when they fought was the group hug…..followed by a discussion of family love.
    My 4 children have all become honest, law abiding citizens that care for others….imagine that.

  9. DOSQueen

    DOSQueen GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    If spanking is good for a child, I propose that corporations be allowed to use the same strategy on adults.

    JOregon – I’m grateful you posted. I know lots of children who were spanked in my neighborhood. Spanking was used in my home. It did not make children more honest or law abiding. It made them sneakier and promoted the thinking that it was only wrong if you got caught.

    A real pat on the back for an honest job well done would do so much more to reinforce good behavior but so few take the time to try that approach.

  10. r2varney

    r2varney said, over 1 year ago

    And yet.. that is the generation that is in power now. Didn’t turn out that well did it?

  11. coraryan

    coraryan GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    But eventually you run out of privileges to deny, then what?

  12. Triviaguy

    Triviaguy said, over 1 year ago


    Jamaal wasn’t referring just to spanking. He was referring to praise as well. That “pat on the back” can also be as simple as giving a hug or saying “Good job”, “Way to go”, “I knew you could do it”, or “I’m proud of you” at the right time for positive reinforcement. It’s when the child misbehaves that the “pat on the back” becomes lower and harder.

  13. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago


    I’d rather like a means of spanking corporations and their owners.

  14. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    Positive reinforcement works better than negative reinforcement.

  15. K M

    K M GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    And these days you can’t do either without being accused of being either a molester or an abuser. Wag the dog.

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