Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

Stone Soup

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  1. rmacprivate

    rmacprivate said, almost 4 years ago

    Nothing, only now they get a trophy for it…… so their poor yiddle self esteem isn’t diminished.

  2. Mai Griffin

    Mai Griffin said, almost 4 years ago


    Agreed – that’s when the rot set in!

  3. Monkeyhead

    Monkeyhead said, almost 4 years ago

    I beleive that all this helecoptering is hurting how we learn to interact with others. Sharing is a thing of the past. Putting another’s feelings/needs before our own is gone. It’s all about me me me.

  4. lightenup

    lightenup said, almost 4 years ago

    I agree with the helicoptering parenting, but I hope things are changing in the right direction now that we’ve seen how harmful protecting our children too much can be.
    I have elementary school kids, and while I see some helicoptering, I also see more and more parents who deliberately step back and let their kids make mistakes.

    The only concern that I have is that too many don’t teach their kids responsibility and respect. Helicoptering has nothing to do with respect for others. I know many kids whose parents let them do whatever, yet they don’t teach them to think about anyone except for themselves.

  5. specinss

    specinss said, almost 4 years ago

    So, Evie, what are your scars???

  6. Yvonne

    Yvonne said, almost 4 years ago

    Evie speaks with the wisdom of someone who has “been there, done that.” She was probably just as nervous when she was a young mom. Now she’s a grandmother. She’s seen the world. Life is all about learning, and we learn from our mistakes.

  7. sjsczurek

    sjsczurek said, almost 4 years ago

    Please excuse my ignorance. What the deuce is “helicopter parenting?”

  8. eieio2

    eieio2 said, almost 4 years ago

    This is a classic strip- It’s good to see it again- one of my favorites.
    Scars teach us how to adapt. Parents (and grandparents, and “created” family) give us the guidance we need to continue to grow the right way. Most of us wouldn’t survive well, though, if we were, in landscaping parlance, “brutally pruned”. True trauma is what parents hope they can protect their child against, but- it happens.

  9. piksea

    piksea GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    I heard that being a parent is a second chance to get childhood right and being a grandparent is a second chance to get parenting right.

  10. Perkycat

    Perkycat said, almost 4 years ago

    One of the problems is that although grandparents have been there – done that, the younger ones don’t listen. They almost insist on making the mistakes themselves. It’s all part of the fun – I guess.

  11. sjsczurek

    sjsczurek said, almost 4 years ago

    The part about “kids can do no wrong” reminds me of one case I’d seen: the kid was a total brat and a bully, and his mom only said he was “cute as a button.” You know that the kid is going to turn out wrong. But what can you or anybody do?

  12. angusdad

    angusdad said, almost 4 years ago


    It refers to parents that hover over their kids at all times, telling them what to do and protecting them from everything. They are so involved in their kid’s lives, that the kid doesn’t make a decision on their own, or experience the real world.

  13. waykirk

    waykirk said, almost 4 years ago


  14. Darsan54

    Darsan54 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago


    I’m sorry but you are obviously not a parent. When your children are small (preschool until about 3rd grade +/-) telling them they are good, smart and worthwhile can’t be done often enough. They need someone to tell them they are good and tell when something worked, so they will know to do it again. . You scale back and put more solid criticism in when they can handle it. You give them feedback on how to improve and become more successful. Try constantly berating, criticizing, insulting, and putting them down, yeah that will turn out well. According to your meme, abused children should be the most well adjusted individuals around. I am sorry, but I am sooooooo tired of hearing about this spare the rod crap. You can raise better people with praise and support than you can “discipline” and punishment anytime. And I have the children to prove it !!!

  15. Darsan54

    Darsan54 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 4 years ago

    Love your children’s mother and always, always, always be there for your kids and everything will turn out fine.

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