For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston for January 22, 2023

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    Templo S.U.D.  about 1 year ago

    yeah, El, pay attention to April’s fuss

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    KA7DRE Premium Member about 1 year ago

    It’s just not worth doing if your audience goes away !

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    Macushlalondra  about 1 year ago

    Good way to handle it Elly.

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    Lyrak  about 1 year ago

    Give her something to do.

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    jjoddfellow  about 1 year ago

    Give her something to cry about my dad use to say.

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    Enter.Name.Here  about 1 year ago

    A good performance is wasted without a good audience.

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    maureenmck Premium Member about 1 year ago

    So funny! – the peppy little bounce in her step when she’s in the hallway, near the staircase.

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    dcdete.  about 1 year ago

    Ahh! It looks like none of that laundry has any buttons on there for April to swallow. Guess she will just have to make do with that one button in her stomach.

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    Selune136413  about 1 year ago

    Saw a video on AFV years ago of a kid that did the same thing – the parents taped it (yes it was that long ago) and won $100,000 for it!!

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    scote1379 Premium Member about 1 year ago

    Somebody needs a nap !

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    JudithStocker  about 1 year ago

    Poor April! It’s kind of hard to find your audience when it keeps going from room to room to room.

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    Johnnyrico  about 1 year ago

    Brat needs the wooden spoon across the butt.

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    fuzzbucket Premium Member about 1 year ago

    Try a bucket of water.

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    More Coffee Please! Premium Member about 1 year ago

    My daughter. One time I just stood there and applauded – she had no idea what to do. But she stopped doing it after that.

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    Diat60  about 1 year ago

    You can tell this isn’t Elly’s first experience of motherhood!

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    scpandich  about 1 year ago

    When my niece was a little girl our family dog was running around, collided with her, and hit her in such a way that she rode up onto his back, stayed on it for a second or two, then fell off. The rest of us immediately rushed to her aid, but she got up on her own and was perfectly fine — until she saw all the attention, at which point she laid back down and started to cry (and a not particularly convincing cry at that).

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    mepowell  about 1 year ago

    A friend’s cat was mad at him and turned her back. When he left the room, she followed him so she could sit down and turn her back on him again!

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    mckeonfuneralhomebx  about 1 year ago

    A performance is only good if it has an audience. Have done funerals with no one showing up.

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    Bob Blumenfeld  about 1 year ago

    Apo just learned the first lesson of a performer: It’s not worth it without an audience.

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    Anon4242  about 1 year ago

    When the audience leaves, the performance stops.The only thing that would stop my sisters tantrums was when mom left the room.

    Yeah, we got the ’I’ll give you something to cry about’ (when we were about 4 yrs old) comment and mom would follow through.It’s what her generation knew.(Although when she was growing up (1930’s), if she was acting up she got beat with a hot poker and she has the scars to prove it.)

    It taught us she meant it when she told us we were crying about nothing and get yourself under control pretty darn quick with the first warning to cut it out.

    While we never did this with our son, just telling him about how grandma use to do this was enough for him to learn to get himself together.

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    rshive  about 1 year ago

    Get attention when you can.

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    ladykat  about 1 year ago

    Keep it up, April, and you’ll be in a time out.

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    Daltongang Premium Member about 1 year ago

    If you look up the word Diva in the dictionary it says: Noun: for complete definition see toddler

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    Tetonbil Premium Member about 1 year ago

    We had one do this to us in the remote past. He unfortunately for him decided to throw his tantrum in the kitchen and I was at the sink. I filled a glass of cold water and then calmly turned to him and emptied the glass on his sweet little head. He suddenly quit crying. And you know he never did that again. LOL!

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    paranormal  about 1 year ago

    Fits don’t work if there’s no one around to see them…

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    Jonathan K. and the Elusive Dream Girl  about 1 year ago

    Calvin did something similar:

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    raybarb44  about 1 year ago

    Same thing applies to adults also….

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    stamps  about 1 year ago

    Make a video. Then when she’s a teenager you can threaten to put it on youtube.

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    donwestonmysteries  about 1 year ago

    Our doctor gave the same advice. Ignore the tantrums and they will quit throwing them. I had to pull my wife away a few times, but they did quit.

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    rasputin's horoscope  about 1 year ago

    When my young kids accompanied me to the grocery store and saw another child melting down, they’d loudly say, “Look! That kid is having a tantrum.” It always stopped the tantrum-thrower in their tracks. There’s something powerful about having another child (as opposed to an adult) pointing out inappropriate behavior.

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    RobDelman Premium Member about 1 year ago

    Just as I always suspected

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    CitizenOfTheValley  about 1 year ago

    LOL True, so true!

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    CoreyTaylor1  about 1 year ago

    April strikes her first blows against the tyrannical idiot!

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    eced52  about 1 year ago

    Tantrum the sequel coming to a parent near you.

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    Dkram  about 1 year ago

    I think I saw this on Funniest Home Videos.


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    g04922  about 1 year ago

    April is learning quickly to manipulate adults.

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    Guess05  about 1 year ago

    When my granddaughter was 2 I had to make her leave a room and I shut the door so she would be where I could keep an eye on her. She laid down on the floor, didn’t make a sound. I asked her if she was having a temper tantrum, then said, “well, come find me when you are finished”. Then I walked away. She had a look on her face like that’s now how it’s supposed to work. Her little sister at about the same age did the same thing with a similar result. They had both started attending a mommy’s day out at that age. BTW – my husband and I had raised 3 boys.

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    EnlilEnkiEa  about 1 year ago

    Ear plugs are amazing.

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    Slatsmagee I  about 1 year ago

    Spare the rod, spoil the child…

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    HodgeElmwood  about 1 year ago

    Another good reason not to have any.

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    T...  about 1 year ago

    Needs an audience, or why bother…

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    Ukko wilko  about 1 year ago

    Just keep ignoring her until she realizes her tantrum accomplishments nothing.

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    kamoolah  about 1 year ago

    To be fair, April may be reacting to all the castor oil, prune juice, and milk of magnesia she was given to get the button out.

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    calliarcale  about 1 year ago

    Hah! A temper tantrum is no good without an audience. ;-)

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    As t hey say in the real estate business—LOCATION<LOCATION!!

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    jbruins84341  about 1 year ago

    My bro-in-law tried that once. He had been talking to a friend about getting what they want from their parents. The friend said he would throw a fit just to embarrass his parents. My BIL did that right in the middle of a grocery store. The worst part was that he was 11 yo at the time. My MIL knew what he was doing and just walked away. No more fits.

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    gravitybr13  about 1 year ago

    Kids going through the terrible 2’s really just don’t want to be terrible they just want or like to be not ignored, it’s not about the attention it’s about the love.

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