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Have you always wanted to tell other people how to raise their kids? Well, now's your chance.

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Brett Berk: Have you always wanted to tell other people how to raise their kids? Think your way is best? Simply have a big mouth? Well, here's your chance to let the world hear your voice! The Tribune newspapers have started up a new parenting column -- The Parent 'Hood -- in which real moms and dads write in with questions, and real moms and dads give the answers.

They're looking for people to respond to a fresh new set of readers' problems. The issues are listed below. If you have a (brief) solution for any of these dilemmas, they want to hear from you. Simply e-mail your answers to parenthood@tribune.com. And be sure to include your first and last name and your hometown (as well as some mention of the question you're responding to). Join the conversation! Help others! Rule the Parent 'Hood!

Upcoming topics:

1. You've gotten in the bad habit of buying your child a "special treat" every time he/she behaves at Target. Now he/she expects a gift every time you enter a store. How do you break the cycle?

2. Your tween daughter came home from a friend's house wearing heavy makeup. It looked atrocious and she seems too young. But she, of course, loves it. What do you do?

3. Your child's pal gets everything she asks for (think multiple American Girl dolls), and your child wants to know why you won't offer up the same. How do you handle it?

4. Your son chews his nails incessantly. You've tried the nasty-medicine-on-his-fingers trick, rewards, punishments, ignoring the behavior. Nothing makes it stop. What should you do?

5. Meals have become less-than-nutritious endeavors at your house, with your kids demanding hot dogs and chicken fingers or nothing. How do you get them to stop the junk food gluttony?



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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
Kelly July 19, 2009, 9:48 AM

Why do people need advice with these questions?
#1. Tell him no.
#2. Tell her no.
#3. Tell her no.
#4. He will outgrow it, or he will
stop when it hurts.
#5. Don’t feed them junkfood. They
will not starve themselves,
so start serving the healthy food.

chrissie July 19, 2009, 1:34 PM

You tell them Kelly, parents today are so afraid to tell their kids no that some many kids feel such an entitlement to have “everything” they want. When my kids were little they too wanted something from every store we went in to, I put a stop to that by asking them “Is it your birthday? Is it christmas?” when they said no then I said sorry NO you can’t have it. Teach them young and they will learn to just accept it. As for as eating good, the same thing goes. Teach them good eating habit young and it will be the norm to them. If they won’t eat it and only want hot dogs or chicken nuggets then atleast insist that they have fruit and vegatables with it. You are the parent, remember that!

Ten Tees January 9, 2011, 1:55 PM

Interesting article. Nice reading. I’ve just got a small observation to give about shirts.


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