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My dad is the best because... Our kids love dad, they really love him :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::


This month, we asked children to send us essays about why their dad is the best. Here are a few of our favorites, with a thank you to Sue McFadden, fourth-grade teacher at Troy Shorewood Elementary in Shorewood, who asked her class write essays for us.



I think that my dad is the best because he is doing something that we will all honor. He is in the army and he is helping keep our country safe.

I love my dad for everything that he is doing. He taught me how to stay in the lines when I'm coloring. He taught me how to ride my bike, but most of all he taught me my times tables when I was 6.

Even though I don't get a chance to see my dad by him being in the military, I still love him just as much. He is so much fun to be with and he is very funny. We go bike riding and for ice cream when the weather is nice. I miss you, Dad. Shawntrae Douglas, 8, Maywood


My dad is very special to me because when I'm sad I call him and he finds a way to calm me down. My dad gives me advice like just don't marry someone because they are cute. You should marry them if they're smart and you should get to know them first. He also says don't marry too soon.

My dad is always inspiring me. Last year I thought that I could not do something. He inspired me to do it and guess what: I did it.

We talk about what is on our minds, which can be really nice at times. Jenessa Rall, 10, Shorewood


My dad helps me, teaches me, loves me and cares for me. He can't do much because of back and knee surgery. He likes it when I have fun and when I am learning in school.

He thinks I can be whatever I want to be when I grow up. He has given me plenty of advice on topics like what to do in life, how to learn and how to be nice forever. He helps me with band, my homework, my speech and my life. He even likes to play video games.

He does love and care for my whole family, which includes two dogs; one cat; nine fish; my mom; my dad; one brother, Kyle; two sisters, Dawn and Danielle, and my five uncles and four aunts. Lauren Miller, 10, Shorewood



My dad helps me in soccer a lot. He helps in all the sports I play. He takes me fishing a lot with my friends. He helps me on my homework. He makes our food and sometimes he buys the food. Max Premak, 11, Hanover Park





My dad is special because he loves me for who I am. He is very special because he always wants to snuggle up and he cheers me up when I'm sad. I love my dad for all he is. My dad cracks me up and makes me laugh. He does everything a dad should do. The most important thing I remember that makes me cry just thinking about it is he said if I needed a heart, he would be the first to give it to my sister or me. Lauren Morman, 10, Shorewood


My dad is awesome. The best time with my dad was when we were two rows away from the White Sox field. There was another time when some of my friends, my dad and I were at a Joliet Jackhammers game. It was fun, but not as fun as with just my dad and I. Wesley A'hearn, 10, Shorewood


I think my dad is great because he cheers me up. He can make me happy by chasing me around. Tommy Donahue, 9, Oak Park





Please tell us... We want to hear from kids. So, we are asking the 7-14 set to submit reviews of less than 350 words to Kids' Corner. If we run it, we'll send you a $10 gift certificate. Please include your photo, the full title of whatever you are reviewing, your name, age, address and your parents' name and phone number. Send it to: Kids' Corner c/o Chicago Parent, 141 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302, or e-mail it to

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