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  1. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse 7 days ago

    It took some doing for me to get the authority in my voice, too. Now my kids do the same thing.

  2. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse 10 days ago

    Every parent does this- most of us, almost every night and several times throughout the day. I don’t know one of us who isn’t aware of many of our faults (and unaware of many more!), and terrified about how we could be hurting our children, and how we could be doing more for them.

    I love my children, and fail them every day- be it what I feed them, how I react to something they say, if I am too tough or not tough enough…

    My children are bright, but not very hard-working and motivated (my husband, an engineer, was- and I am as well, though I really wasn’t a great SAHM). This series hits home hard with me. I really want to help my children to understand the value of hard work and persistence. Not to do that is to fail them. But, still love them as they are, and not push them into stress, anxiety, depression as are common in my family- making them feel they’re not good enough. My son is currently having a minor panic attack about typing one paragraph for homework. He’s 10. Did we push him too hard? Not hard enough? Do we not hold him enough, or encourage him to build his own self-confidence enough?

  3. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse 17 days ago

    I love how she allows herself to show the struggle of giving up on something unpleasant, both in the strip and in her comments. It’s so very human- most of us have done it in one or another endeavour in life (school, some facet of work, a relationship, an instrument). Sad, but true!

  4. masnadies commented on For Better or For Worse 28 days ago

    I will (and do, when I’m not substituting) volunteer all day long, but I don’t do bake sales. I’m not a baker. Luckily, my kids have never done this! (also, we aren’t allowed to volunteer if we have younger siblings with, so this year, when my youngest started Kindergarten, is the first year I could volunteer all day long).

    It really IS a joy! I love the teachers, admin and kids at our school, and I know most of the first, the middle, and at least a third of the 850 students. Many of the other parents are great as well. <3

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

    I see it, but don’t know how to do it. What is the command for “bold”? I’m not seeing it in the FAQ… though that could be my own fault.

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

    She is right with me here, though I’m more of a coward and usually don’t do it, and months later, think “I should have…”

    Lynn’s Notes:

    Here, I’ve created an “Everest of woe”. I can’t see past an infraction until I’ve confronted the offended party and apologized.

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

    Exactly. Now her conscience doesn’t have to bother her and she can sleep. Awkward or not. I usually don’t take this road, and regret it because the thoughts return for years. This was wise!

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

    I don’t think the (at least metaphorical) sticking out of tongues ever quite goes away, but Michael, reluctant as he was to DO the work, certainly looks proud to have done it! And Elly did exactly the right thing- if she’d taken him for granted, we’d all be up in arms.

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

    I was a latchkey kid at about the same age as Michael (from age 8 on), and very similar situation. We knew some of the people in the neighbourhood, in case I’d needed help, but I was on my own.

    Those were the best times EVER! I did my homework, made my own snacks, watched TV or read with no people in my house to stress me out.

    The term “latchkey kid” was pretty well-known in the late 70s/early 80s, and I think I might have known it was considered a sad situation by some, but I don’t think I could process why anyone wouldn’t LOVE to be home alone <3. I still can’t understand it. I love my mother very much, but too much of other people in the house was always hard on me, and my best days always included an hour or so that were all mine, and I could be myself.

    I totally got this!

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

    That situation pretty much did encourage pizza sales. Mmmm…. pizza! But if they do it daily for months, someone has to get up, most days. They are at least 2 years from Michael’s being able to realisitically take a day or 2 a week to make a reasonably healthy dinner.