best thing i learned working with and learning about kids: when they do shit like this, especially to something they themselves use and enjoy, leave it there for as long as possible. let them return to the fun thing over and over again so that it sinks in that the thing they did was wrong, they ruined something, and now they can’t have fun because of it and they should never do it again. it teaches them consequence of action and cautiousness.
i did this with a 3-year-old kid i babysat who filled his playstation with peanut butter before i got there, just every time he went back to it and asked why it’s not working, i opened it and pointed to the peanut butter stains and said “you did that” and he says “yeah”, “will it work like that?” “…no”, and when he got it and promised to never put anything but games into a game machine again, his parents bought another and he kept his promise. it works, even at that age.
this was a long and unnecessary rant but so many times i’ve seen parents IMMEDIATELY replace their kids’ toys/electronics that they destroy over and over again and i’m just like NO THEY’RE NOT LEARNING ANYTHING THAT WAY
they also don’t learn from being thrown into fires
This is a really rushed comic for an anthology (with Hwei and some of my favourite friends in it! You can ORDER it here!). In hindsight it was probably not a good idea to rush this (the quality, when compared to TWIDI, is like lol) but the message is more important here.
This comic is kinda personal…essentially this is a response to my mother about the benefits and joys of being in a rat race (she asked me to be proud of being in it). Sounds like a real life horror movie. Though being someone practical, I can see why it’s a good idea to get like, an employable skill or to at least dance back and forth, in and out of the rat race to maintain some stability, but to assimilate entirely, to conform entirely, to throw away who you are so you can be acceptable… I know maybe it’s explained as ‘being real’ but what kind of a reality is this and why do we have to accept it as the only one? Why wait until the rat race becomes a rat king?
Story is pretty bleak, but why shouldn’t it if that’s the reality of things?