Dear Editor of Chicago Parent: My name is Dr. Fick and I am a clinical child psychologist, and a director of an outpatient counseling agency for children. I was very saddened to see that you made the decision to cut the Piepers' Smart Love column from Chicago Parent. Smart Love offers parents a very loving, effective approach to parenting that takes into consideration how a child's mind develops, and an accurate understanding of child development. I have been using Smart Love in my practice since 1999 when the book came out, and it has drastically changed the lives of the families with whom I work. Many parents have shared how it has helped them cultivate a more loving, fun family life, as well as raise children who have true self-regulation and genuine self-esteem. There are so many parenting approaches out there that are harmful to children, despite parents best intentions. The Piepers are parents and scholars who truly understand what children need to flourish. I see that the new column you chose talks about practical parenting. Smart Love is very practical, yet it is based on the latest scientific research. While it is helpful to hear a parent's advice on how to parent, it is important to include parents who are experts in the field of child development and parenting, such as the Piepers. It is my professional opinion that the Chicago Parent has suffered a huge loss by cutting this column. I order this for my waiting room because of the column, and am disappointed that the families can no longer benefit from the Piepers wisdom. I urge you to consider to reinstate this column. Thank you for your consideration. Dr. Carla Fick Director, Pediatric Psychology Associates, Oak Brook
I ask you to seriously reconsider the decision to remove the Smart Love column. Parents, children and educators deserve solid information that promotes healthy relationships. Kelly A. Perez
We urge you to continue their column without delay so as to not miss another month of their wisdom. Flora L. Swearingen, LCSW
What a terrible shame. Elena Crossman Oak Park
I am a regular reader of Chicago Parent, and am extremely disappointed to find out that you're planning to cancel the Smart Love column! I think it's the best feature of the magazine, and is always the first thing I look for when I pick it up. Please reconsider keeping it! Kristen Halverson Oak Park
We urge you to continue their column without delay so as to not miss another month of their wisdom. Jaclyn Dugger
Please consider reinstating this column. Maureen Spielman River Forest
I hope that you will reconsider the choice to eliminate the column and thereby prevent a terrible loss for your readers. Annemarie Slobig, Psy.D. Dean, Illinois School of Professional Psychology Program Chair, Clinical Psychology, Illinois School of Professional Psychology Argosy University Chicago
I do hope that this decision will be reconsidered. Bernadette Pawlik
As an editor I am sure you stand behind your decision to hire Mrs. Browning. As a reader, I am extremely disappointed in this choice and it will negatively impact my desire to continue to read, and recommend, Chicago Parent. firstname.lastname@example.org
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