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The original letter (and subsequent letters) on this topic outlined the cakes, cookies, soda and chips that young children are given after games. I volunteered that I had just been to a soccer game where 6-year-olds were treated to doughnuts afterward. Eating a doughnut or a cupcake after a game isn't exactly a tragedy, but this is an issue that many parents care about.

I agree that families need to establish their own parameters for accepting snacks. I know very young children who manage to maintain special diets; they learn early in life to pay close attention to what they are eating. They also learn how to say no, and it's because their parents teach them.

Dear Amy:

I'm going out with a wonderful guy (we go to different schools), but my friends say that he's a person who can't keep a steady girlfriend.

I'm happy to have a boyfriend, but I don't know if I should listen to my friends.

What should I do?


When it comes to picking boyfriends (and making other important decisions), it's fine to listen to advice -- as long as you always do what you think is best.

You are the one who has to live with the consequences of your choices. If your boyfriend is holding on to you, then your friends are wrong -- he can have a steady girlfriend, and won't you enjoy pointing that out?

Write to Amy Dickinson ataskamy@tribune.comor Ask Amy, Chicago Tribune, TT500, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60611.

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