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Dear Dr. Borba,

We're noticing a most unbecoming attitude in our seven year old. Whenever he's asked to help, we get one of those "you've got to be kidding" looks. Today I politely asked him to help clear the dinner table, and he had the nerve to ask how much I'd pay. Is it too much to expect your child to lend a hand? Lately, I feel more like a banker than a mom.

—Barbara K., a mom from Madison,Wisconsin

Bad Attitude Act Out

"I'm too busy, Daddy. Would you please do it for me?"

"Taking out the trash is yucky."

"I'll rake our leaves, but how much are you going to pay me?"

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