Dr Phil: Negligence Is Child Abuse
Lorrie and Todd’s 13-year-old daughter is headed in a bad direction. She is spoiled rotten and has no respect for her parents. They’ve given her the world, sun, moon and stars, but she thinks those are rights not privileges.
The hard part of this story is that the girl is in violation of school requirements for attendance. If she misses any more school the truancy officers can come and investigate her home life. Lorrie and Todd know this, but they can be charged with negligence. This is considered a type of child abuse.
Dr Phil: How To Deal With an Infantile Tyrant
Dr Phil said their daughter is an infantile tyrant. She wants what she wants and she wants it now. They girl was not born this way, her family shaped her into this. She is now the target patient of some tough love.
The family is going to get a strict family therapist to check in on them. They are going to take away her privileges and give her only what she needs. Todd said the problem in the past has been that Lorrie doesn’t follow through with their rules. Lorrie agreed to turn things around and fix the issue. The family needs to stick together and be a force of discipline or else this could get even worse.
Dr Phil: Raising Kids In Balance
Both of the cases Dr. Phil talked to today were cautionary tales. Everyone loves their kids and wants to give them what they didn’t have. This can get to a dysfunctional point though. Dr Phil has three easy steps to ensure you raise your kids in a balanced environment.
- You child needs to experience mastery over the world. They need to see that they can make things happen on their own.
- They need to observe themselves recovering from disappointment and failure.
- You children should learn to recognize the power of giving.