Dr Phil: Brad Protects His Family
Brad said that his mother Donna is irrational, overbearing and loves to throw tantrums. He has audio proof of all of these things. Dr. Phil thinks that this is Donna’s way of caring and trying to fix the relationship, but it’s too extreme. It’s gotten so bad that Brad and his wife Jen have bought firearms to protect themselves. Why does Dr. Phil think this is a bad idea?
Dr Phil: Does Donna Really Care?
Brad and his family were installing hardwood floors in their new home. His mother and brother-in-law came over to help. When Jen’s brother told Donna to shut a door, she took it as an insult and stormed out of the house. She called it a slap in the face.
Later, Donna called Brad and left him a voicemail. She said she was throwing all of his tools out of their storage shed. Dr. Phil thinks there still is a way to fix this family’s relationship and that Donna needs to control her rage. She’s left voicemails and sent emails and texts that say she doesn’t care and doesn’t want to be Brad’s mother. Brad had to call Donna and tell her to stop. She responded by saying that her heart is closed and doesn’t care anymore.
Dr Phil said that if all of that is true, then why is she wasting his time and her time by trying to fix this relationship? He doesn’t think that she really means all of those things, or else she wouldn’t be clinging so aggressively.
Dr Phil: Buying Firearms To Protect Your Family
Brad went out and bought a pistol to protect his wife and child. He was also given a shotgun by his grandfather. Jen hates guns and is afraid of them, but she learned how to shoot. Although his mother has never been physically violent with them, Brad wants to protect his family. He said that the events leading up to their fights just proved that they need to protect themselves. He changed the locks on their home and their security codes so that Donna couldn’t bust in on them.
Dr. Phil said that Brad and Jen need to get the firearms out of their home. Being from Texas, he has had a lot of experience with guns and his wife is an FBI certified marksman. He said that if anyone is going to get shot, it will probably be Jen because she isn’t prepared to use a gun. Jen agreed. Brad clarified that the guns were not purchased to shoot his mother.