Can you believe it? I got a QFB comic done for the week! I was actually not expecting to have a comic of any type done for this week, being that I am working like mad on the musical and on my own family’s Christmas preparations. The drawings for this comic got done over the course of the weekend and I am grateful that #115 came together.

All righty then, I do believe that this is the last QFB for the year. If I magically get inspired during the next two weeks, I’ll be sure to get the comic to Spam as soon as I possibly can.

However, if this is it for the year, please everyone, have a very merry Christmas and enjoy staying up late on New Year’s Eve!

Woohoo! Merry Christmas!

P.S. Wish me luck for the musical production I am assistant directing on Sunday, December 23!!!










Did everyone sleep late today? Some sort of sluggish start of December lethargy? One kid missed the bus, the others were equally slow…

At the end of the year we are often asked to evaluate how our time was spent, make resolutions for next year, etc. Perhaps parents with more wisdom than I have experienced this, but it seems that this year most of my time this calendar year was not spent teaching or playing with my kids, but saying “supposed”.

“Last one in the bathroom is supposed to turn off lights, turn off the water and pick up their clothes.”
“Supper was over an hour ago. Who is supposed to sweep the floor and who is supposed to do the dishes?”
“When are you supposed to have that homework done?”
“We don’t scream at or slug our brothers and sisters. What are we supposed to do?”
“Who is supposed to take out the trash, and where is it supposed to go?”

Now according the American Academy of Pediatrics, “Carefully spell out the tasks your child must perform. Make sure she understands what is expected of her on a daily and weekly basis…” There are also recommendations for star charts, allowances, loss of privileges, evaluations to insure no child is getting overburdened, etc. Somehow, those options, even if effective, feel as exciting as filling out tax forms. I would like to do more with my kids than have a clipboard in my hands everyday. However, if they supposedly work…