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  1. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse about 1 month ago

    Our administration is very careful about the groups put together. Most of it involves avoiding personality conflicts (if there are 7 classes, why put a bully and victim together?), but they also avoid putting friends who are loud together, in the same classes year after year, for much this reason. Some kids will talk to anyone. Others lose control around a few people only.

    This year, I saw they had taken my older daughter away from her chattiest friends, but put her with a girl she will be laughing with a lot! I may have wished the teacher luck :-)

  2. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse about 1 month ago

    My son started 6th grade today. He didn’t care about his clothes (and he is thrilled about never having recess again!) but I just love the echoes of our lives in the strip. Lizzie is the same age as my youngest, too, if they keep things marching in exact real time (i think she did stall at one point, early on?). We live in the US and have a child between these 2, no April, and no dog, but Lynn’s genius is that I enjoyed reading the strip when I was young, connecting with the kids, and now I’m seeing so much of what she portrays as being true in my family <3

  3. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse about 1 month ago

    The David Bowie part is still relevant, though the “tapes” part not so much.

  4. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse about 1 month ago

    This is so true! I told mine (about Lizzie’s age) the same and she snuck one outfit on when I wasn’t looking and stained it, all in less than an hour (I think it was chocolate and is 90% out)

    We are never going to have time to shop for 3 once school starts- I’m home during the summer since I work at the school, so the shopping we can do in an hour with empty malls and no homework for any of the 4 of us would take weeks through scouts (boy and girl), church, homework, back-to-X nights, crowded evening/weekend stores, etc.s

    This is the first year the hiding has failed! And yes, by August, a LOT of things are failing. I ran into the PE teacher the other day and asked him if all his plans for summer enrichment worked out, and he said, “I love my kids”. And there we are.

  5. masnadies commented on Baldo about 1 month ago

    Gracie is wonderful, but the strips exaggerating her love of school can go a little too far. She is best IMO with her family or BFF, where we see her actual wisdom and fun to balance her out (her ambition doesn’t bother me)

  6. masnadies commented on Baldo about 1 month ago

    I agree that TX has far too much control- at least (?) we in NC don’t use ANY textbooks through elementary school at least.

    However, studies have shown that we retain information better if we read off paper and write notes on paper. We have some learning to do before we can find the best way to improve ebooks to equal real ones (although fully admit, maybe 10-20% less knowledge but higher-quality MIGHT be an acceptable trade :-/ )

  7. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse about 1 month ago

    What a beautiful slice of life. One child pining for the “Romance” we idolise so much in all our pop culture, one growing up towards positive things, and good friends being supportive and confused together through it all. This sort of tiny-but-important reality is what I love about FBofW

  8. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse about 1 month ago

    Elly is trying to give her mother a break from something she can’t imagine is enjoyable. Kind. John is praising his MIL’s work, also kind. They are just kind in different directions. I don’t see the need to insult Elly here.

  9. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse about 1 month ago

    So true! I don’t know any good female cooks, which is probably why the idea of cooking is so unpleasant to me, but I do know some men I enjoy visiting for the food they either cook or hunt out at restaurants (staffed mostly by men)! My son is quite a baker as well. I would gladly stop cooking forever- unless you’re as good as Grandma- even if everything is pretty or even very good for what it is, it’s the usual, and you get Elly’s usual reaction- sighs, not appreciation! (or if it’s NOT the usual, it’s new and scary!)

  10. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse about 1 month ago

    It is indeed. Written when it was, there were fewer from the WWI generation. “In 1915, my country said…” Now we’re in the same place with WW2, and just as meaningful.