Dr. Phil: Jennifer Is Having An Affair
Ralph’s constant need for affection is smothering Jennifer, so much so that she began to have an affair with an old boyfriend from high school, which she told her 16-year-old daughter about, further burdening her (she also had to drop out of high school to start working to make money for the family). She says that this old boyfriend is everything that Ralph is not and that he is the love of her life. Darcy, Jennifer’s sister, finds it strange that she has so much time for this, but not enough for her kids, who are starting forest fires while she is taking naps. Jennifer has a fantasy of getting away from Ralph and going off to start a fantasy life with another man.
Ralph was understandably mad when he found out, which he expressed by punching the computer screen so hard that it cracked. He feels as is if he is totally out of control and has no idea how to put his foot down about the situation without hurting his kids and breaking up the family.
Dr. Phil: Jennifer Has A 10 Year Old With Suicidal Thoughts
Dr. Phil was infuriated that Jennifer would bring her daughter into her adult world of infidelity, breaking the parent/child boundaries in two. He is also baffled about how Jennifer is more worried about fulfilling a high-school fantasy than she is about fixing their broken family.
So broken is this family, that Jennifer has a 10 year old with suicidal thoughts, asking her to kill him so that he would not have to wake up in the morning. He just could not stand their life anymore. He was also tired of his mother spending all of their money on her cigarettes, and the lack of money stresses him out.