This comic isnt really about the car not starting. Its about Ellie’s all too common reaction to it.
Im the oldest of six. I shared a room with siblings until I moved out of the family home. We had one bathroom, until Dad added another bedroom and bathroom when I was 15. We slept right through Mom getting up at night to feed babies. We learned to share and get along. I always felt loved and secure, not resentful and deprived. Lest we forget, Wally and Beaver shared a room. It was considered normal and acceptable.
We didn’t have a dog when our kids were babies, yet somehow they all learned to sit up. And they have retained that ability for over 40 years.
Yes, she is making a mess. She is not old enough to feed herself efficiently, but this is how babies learn. Anyone who is too squeamish to deal with the messiness of babies is not ready to have one. Get a plant instead. They’re much less messy.
I have no experience with dental appliances, but surely Elizabeth could wear it only at home and during the night, rather than a few hours at school where she could be ridiculed for wearing it. I am very uncomfortable with subjecting children to unnecessary ridicule and bullying.
Whoops! Spell check and a twitchy finger cut me off! ….avoid bullies who think it’s any of their business.
I sucked my thumb as a child, at least as long as Elizabeth. My mouth is fine. My teeth are fine. Apparently thumb sucking makes some kids feel better, for whatever reason. I would do nothing more than remind her that she should probably suck her thumb in private to avoid bullies who think its agent
As a small child of five years, I remember shouting “No!” to my mother. She looked at me very intently, and in ominous tones, said, “Your friend (whose name I’ve forgotten), said ‘No’ to her mother, and do you know what happened? She got a good spanking for it!” I think that was the last time I tried saying “No” to Mom. The threat was worse than any slap!