(Strip Number 1213, Original Publication Date 24 October 1987)
Panel 1: We find ourselves in the playground watching Gordon ask Mike how it's going. As he throws a rock at a stop sign like a kid, he says it's the pits at home.
Panel 2: As he sits on a swing funny like a kid, he confirms Gord's hunch that his parents are bugging him.
Panel 3: He jumps in a puddle like a kid and moans about being nagged and ordered around.
Panel 4: He then asks when they're going to stop treating him like a little kid.
Summary: Lizzie answers this two years later when she suggests that they're waiting for his brains to catch up with the rest of him. Hmm. Weird. You'd have thought that this would get someone to admit that they don't have to worry about the kids growing up too soon but for one factor: John and Elly don't actually seem to like Mike all that much that I've seen.