Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

Stone Soup

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  1. Jenn

    Jenn said, almost 4 years ago

    I solved this problem a long time ago; I never had kids. I can go shopping at 2a., when there’s no one around but the shelf-stockers. (i.e. no screaming, over-tired kids around—just adults)

  2. husky51

    husky51 said, almost 4 years ago

    my son was shopping with his 4yr old daughter one time and she was screaming her lungs out for some reason… She wasn’t responding to anything so he gave her a sharp pop on the mouth. This startled her and she stopped long enough for him to cuddle and talk to her and no problem.. until he got home and found the cops waiting for him. Some damn woman had turned him in for childabuse…The cops were going to talk her and the others to CPS until one showed up and looked at the girl… No marks or nothing. Much ado about nothing…

  3. iPoppy

    iPoppy said, almost 4 years ago


    Only in America.

  4. psychlady

    psychlady said, almost 4 years ago


    We’re getting into a horrible mess when we are not allowed to discipline our own children!

  5. FlyerTom

    FlyerTom said, almost 4 years ago

    Now I know what takes her so long when she goes shopping alone. We’re back in an hour when we go together.

  6. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, almost 4 years ago

    I don’t blame her. Hope she stops somewhere for coffee on the way home.

  7. Jean

    Jean said, almost 4 years ago


    yep always take a cooler so you can store the cold stuff and make a few extra stops on the way home.

  8. Jean

    Jean said, almost 4 years ago


    once I was shopping with my grandson and he started throwing a fit, my take on this is if he could not be nice in the store, then we were leaving, I would just come back later. Anyway I told him we were leaving, took him out of the basket and was walking him out of the storre and all the way through the store he is yelling “don’t hit me granny, don’t hit me”. I can tell you I got some looks and I assured him I was not going to hit him, but we were leaving because he was being naughty……..until I got him home, then he got a swat and a talking to. Never happened again. lol

  9. lightenup

    lightenup said, almost 4 years ago

    So true! I used to go shopping at my lunch hour (I worked when mine were babies), and I got a lot more done without them. The store near me has a cookie club for kids, which is a nice service because it makes the kids happy to go grocery shopping.
    Having said that, I also never tolerated bad behavior anywhere in public (and I never resorted to hitting). Like jeanie, we just walked out and they got in trouble at home.

    @cofyjunky – Just because the comics and TV make kids out to be a nightmare doesn’t meant they’re like that all the time. One reason I was glad I had kids was so that I had real life experience when I saw other kids acting up…. I couldn’t just complain about how terrible kids are – I actually knew what it took to raise them right and what parents go through. The benefits of kids FAR outweigh the difficulties.

  10. Elsie Ross

    Elsie Ross said, almost 4 years ago

    I used to take turns with my kids as to who could go shopping with me. Soon my son didn’t want to go at all because it was so boring.

  11. Purple Morpho 2015

    Purple Morpho 2015 said, almost 4 years ago


    I’m so sorry, people are so thoughtless all the time.

  12. Kab Buch

    Kab Buch said, almost 4 years ago

    For me reading this strip. I do not think I went shopping by myself. When our son was little and would not behave. I solved the problem I grabed his hand and we both went to the car. Later he said he be good. He was being bad and noisy in store. Just as a resturant once children finish eating and parent keep want to pig out he would get restless. I gave up on my eating and my husband did not. I would take our son to the car to keep him calm, my husband never volunteered to do this. I told him when he did come out glad he got to eat for I did not.
    And one time in a store a mom and her little girl was shopping the little girl cried all over the place mom did not know what to do as she tried to calm her girl down. Just so happened when we were checking out she came behind us to check out her little girl still crying. I just turned around startled the little girl and calmly talked with the child bending down to child’s level the little stopped crying the cashier went through the transaction and mom was totally stunned and happy. All was calm. The mom wanted to take me home with her.

  13. Kab Buch

    Kab Buch said, almost 4 years ago

    In some ways I cannot blame Joan for taking her time in shopping and relaxing delaying going home. For me I could think of better ways to take my time and relax and enjoy myself.

  14. The Life I Draw Upon

    The Life I Draw Upon said, almost 4 years ago

    So much for the bright lights of Pari. (secretly I can’t blame her.)

  15. blintze

    blintze said, almost 4 years ago

    I’m from the Netherlands and we’re not allowed to hit our kids at all… A pastor in our country got almost jailed and his children were interrogated by child protecion because he had dared to tell from the pulpit that he used to give his children a correcting smack sometimes…really insane.

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