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Dear Readers:
These are just a sampling of the letters we received in response to the original column. Reading through all of the submissions, made it clear that many parents who help their children – financially, physically and emotionally – feel unappreciated and yearn for simple hakaras hatov. I hope these letters help children appreciate their loving parents, and that parents realize that they are not alone in this challenging situation. Hatzlachah!


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Dr. Yael Respler is a psychotherapist in private practice who provides marital, dating and family counseling. Dr. Respler also deals with problems relating to marital intimacy. Letters may be emailed to To schedule an appointment, please call 917-751-4887. Dr. Orit Respler-Herman, a child psychologist, co-authors this column and is now in private practice providing complete pychological evaluations as well as child and adolescent therapy. She can be reached at 917-679-1612. Previous columns can be viewed at and archives of Dr. Respler’s radio shows can be found at