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          Parenting in the Real World: Shocking Statistics

          From Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World, Dr. Phil shares some shocking statistics of children being raised in today's family paradigm.

          Sex Talk Dos and Don’ts

          It's a topic that makes many parents run for cover, but explaining "the birds and the bees" is a conversation every parent needs to have with their kids. Dr. Phil and Dr. John Chirban, author of How to Talk with Your Kids about Sex, give tips.

          Could Your Teen Be Blinded by Love? The Six Warning Signs

          Parents: Are you worried about your teen's love life? Find out the six warning signs that they could be blinded by love.

          Quiz: Are You a Permissive Parent?

          Do you feel your teen is out of control, and you don't know why? Answer this series of questions to find out if you are enabling your teen's bad behavior.

          Top Five Warning Signs that Your Child is in Trouble

          What causes teenagers to make choices that could destroy their future, and why do they give in to peer pressure? What are the signs that your teen is in serious trouble?

          Children’s Needs While Going through a Divorce

          Addressing your child's psychological needs while going through a divorce, can help your child adapt better to their new living situation.

          Advice for Getting Your Child to Do Anything

          Parenting is about negotiating, but oftentimes it can turn into a downright power struggle. If you're caught in a constant give-and-take with your child, follow this advice.

          Seven Tools for Purposeful Parenting

          Dr. Phil offers these tools to turn your chaotic family into a peaceful one.

          Easy Tips For Parents To Protect Their Children Online

          When it comes to posting photos and information online, there are potential dangers, as parents can unknowingly open their private lives up to unwanted eyes. But, as Dr. Phil explains, there are ways to protect your family, yet still be able to share these special occasions.

          The Benefits of Faith

          Research indicates tangible advantages to a connection with the spiritual word. Is faith a part of your life? Learn the benefits here.

          Sibling Abuse

          It has been reported that as many as 53 out of every 100 siblings abuse a brother or sister. It could be happening in your home without you even knowing it. Learn the warning signs if one of your children is being abused and the steps to take to stop it.

          Co-Parenting with Your Ex

          Dealing with an ex when you have kids together can be difficult. Learn to put your child's best interests above your own and form an amicable relationship.

          Parenting through Change

          Screaming, hitting, bullying, temper tantrums ... If your child's behavior is out of control and nothing you do is working, it's time for commando parenting! Dr. Phil explains his technique for creating change in your child's behavior.

          Advice for Parents Who are Divorcing

          If you have decided to call it quits, Dr. Phil has this advice for you and your family.

          How to Parent Based on Your Child’s Personality

          If your parenting style is clashing with your child's personality, Dr. Phil offers advice for more effective parenting.

          Tool 2: Parenting with Clarity – Communication Audit

          If you fear that your child is headed on a path to destruction, Dr. Phil offers the following tools to help you parent with purpose.

          Making Family Resolutions

          It's time to make a resolution to your family, and Dr. Phil gives you the tools to make it happen.

          Children’s Needs While Going through a Divorce

          Addressing your child's psychological needs while going through a divorce, can help your child adapt better to their new living situation.

          Post-Divorce Parenting Mistakes and Strategies

          Post-divorce parenting is fraught with danger -- danger that you will inadvertently do damage on top of what the divorce has already done.

          Seven Tools for Purposeful Parenting

          Dr. Phil offers these tools to turn your chaotic family into a peaceful one.

          Bibliographical Resources

          Dr. Phil offers the following resources on spanking and parenting.

          National Parenting Survey

          This parenting survey reflects data from more than 20,000 participants.

          Hot Warning Signs

          These warning signs can help alert you to a potential crisis in your family.

          Creating a Contingency Contract for Your Child

          This contingency contract for parenting is taken from Dr. Phil's new book Family First: Your Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family.

          The Five Factors for a Phenomenal Family

          You can create the family you've always dreamed about.

          Parenting Dilemmas: Dr. Phil’s Advice

          Dr. Phil gives advice to guests with big parenting dilemmas: How do you correct the behavior of a potty mouth? A stealer? A biter?

          What Role Should a Stepparent Play?

          Being a stepparent is one of the most difficult roles any adult will ever assume. Agree on some very basic definitions of that role, and be alert to sensitivities associated with it.

          What Kind of Role Model Are You?

          Through your actions, your words, your behavior and your love, you can direct your children toward where you want them to go. What are you modeling?

          Your Parenting Style

          Dr. Phil offers the following chart and advice on meshing your parenting style with your child's personality.

          Easy Tips For Parents To Protect Their Children Online

          When it comes to posting photos and information online, there are potential dangers, as parents can unknowingly open their private lives up to unwanted eyes. But, as Dr. Phil explains, there are ways to protect your family, yet still be able to share these special occasions.

          Mom: ‘I Despise My Daughter’s Best Friend’

          Rachel claims her daughter, Shaila, is being belittled, mistreated and “beaten down” – all because of her so-called best friend, Destinee.

          The Heartbreaking Reason A 14-Year-Old Has Never Had A Friend Over To His House

          Josh, 14, says he didn't know what a "normal" house was like until he had a sleepover at a friend's house when he was 10. That's when he realized that his mom's hoarding was an issue.

          Mom Demonstrates How Hard She Shook Her 2-Year-Old Son Prior To Child Suffering A Seizure

          Kayla says she thinks a fall on the playground caused her 2-year-old son Noah’s brain injuries and seizure. However, Department of Children and Family Services claimed Kayla confessed to shaking the child and hitting his head on the wooden railing of his bed, which she denies.

          Why Father Says He Believes Son’s Seizure, ‘Serious Injuries’ Caused By Child’s Mother, Not Playground Fall

          Andrew says he believes his ex, Kayla, is responsible for causing serious injury to their 2-year-old son, Noah, who suffered a seizure.

          Mom Accused Of Shaking 2-Year-Old Blames Playground Fall For Causing Child’s Seizure

          While Kayla admits to shaking the child, she insists she did not shake Noah hard enough to cause the brain injuries that led to his seizure, and instead claims a fall on the playground days before the seizure may have been the cause.

          Tear Down the Wall and Bond with Your Child

          Dr. Phil has advice for overcoming difficult circumstances and learning to bond with your child.

          10 Tips for Hiring a Nanny

          When hiring a nanny to care for your children, follow these 11 tips to help assure you find someone trustworthy and well qualified.

          Needs of Children in Blended Families

          Bringing two families together under one roof can be challenging. In his book Family First, Dr. Phil explains that children in blended families have some very specific needs.

          The Risks to Boys Who Grow Up with Abuse

          Are you in an abusive relationship and worry about the effect it will have on your children?

          Quiz: Do You Need to ‘Grow a Pair’?

          Do you need to take control of your life? Take best-selling author Larry Winget's quiz!

          Parenting in the Real World: A Test

          Preparing your child for the world isn't always easy, but it's essential.

          Six Tips for Effective Listening

          Loni Coombs, former prosecutor and author of "You're Perfect ..."? and Other Lies Parents Tell, shares her six tips for effective listening for parents.

          Parenting in the Real World: Shocking Statistics

          From Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World, Dr. Phil shares some shocking statistics of children being raised in today's family paradigm.

          Sex Talk Dos and Don’ts

          It's a topic that makes many parents run for cover, but explaining "the birds and the bees" is a conversation every parent needs to have with their kids. Dr. Phil and Dr. John Chirban, author of How to Talk with Your Kids about Sex, give tips.

          The Benefits of Faith

          Research indicates tangible advantages to a connection with the spiritual word. Is faith a part of your life? Learn the benefits here.

          Questions to Ask Yourself in a Custody Battle

          Are you in a custody battle? Have you lost custody of your children and wonder if you're doing enough to get them back? Dr. Phil has a series of questions to assess whether you are doing all you can to regain custody.

          Signs of Child Neglect

          Child neglect is another type of child abuse. Learn the warning signs of child neglect and what to do if you spot them.

          Quiz: Is Your Son Ready To Be a Man and a Good Husband?

          In his new book, Straight Talk, No Chaser, comedian and TV/radio host Steve Harvey says there are some important things every young man needs to learn before becoming a real man. Take this quiz to see how your son stacks up!

          Maintaining Sobriety and Avoiding Relapse

          You've made it through rehab and are clean and sober -- Now what? Dr. Frank Lawlis, chairman of the Dr. Phil advisory board, offers his steps for maintaining sobriety.

          Quiz: Is Your Daughter in an Abusive Relationship?

          Research shows that 98 percent of teenage girls who have been abused continue to date the abuser. Your teen could be one of them. Do you know the warning signs?

          Quiz: Are You a Permissive Parent?

          Do you feel your teen is out of control, and you don't know why? Answer this series of questions to find out if you are enabling your teen's bad behavior.

          How to Prepare before Adopting Internationally

          There are many challenges to adopting an international child. Dr. Phil and experts offer tips on how to prepare yourself for a successful adoption process.

          Family Strategies for Coping with an Eating Disorder

          Dr. Phil offers tips for coping with a family member who has an eating disorder.

          Biggest Parenting Mistakes

          Dr. Phil and special guest Dr. Jim Sears, pediatrician and co-host of the hit show, ,The Doctors, tackle five childhood behaviors that leave parents frustrated.

          Cross-Cultural Adoption Dos and Don’ts

          Adopting a child from a different country can be a rewarding experience for you and your family. However, Dr. Phil says there are several adoption dos and don'ts to consider as you celebrate your child's differences.

          Tips for the Tech Addicted Family

          Is your family becoming addicted to technology? Do you find out dinner is ready in the other room via a text message?

          The Right Way to Adopt and Tips to Avoid a Scam

          Dr. Phil shares tips to insure a successful adoption and signs to watch for to avoid being scammed.

          Top Five Ways for Parents to Protect Children

          Dr. Phil offers five important steps for preparing and protecting your children in case a predator tries to abduct them.

          How to Talk to Your Kids about Money

          Financial expert Susan Beacham offers parents tips for talking with their children about money.

          Are You Ready for Motherhood?

          Ask yourself the following four questions to see if you're ready to become a parent.

          Foster Children’s Rights

          If you or someone you know lives in foster care, the following is a list of rights that he or she is entitled to, as outlined by the Office of the Foster Care Ombudsman, State of California.

          Talking to Your Kids about Sandra Cantu

          It's the story everyone is talking about: The horrific murder and alleged rape of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu. People are asking, “How do I keep my child safe? How do I talk to my children about this?� Dr. Michele Borba, educational psychologist and author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions, offers her advice.

          Avoiding Fatal Drug Mistakes

          Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and co-host of The Doctors highlights some common drug interactions that could be fatal.

          Top Five Tips for Preventing Child Abduction

          Bob Stuber, one of the America's most-recognized safety experts, shares the top five things all parents and kids should know to prevent a child abduction.

          Steps to Take if You Are Falsely Accused of Child Abuse

          If you're falsely accused of a crime, follow these steps in an effort to clear your name.

          How Your Online Profile Could Sabotage Your Future

          If you have an online profile, such as MySpace or Facebook, be aware, what you publish on the Internet for the world to see could end up sabotaging your future.

          Internet Safety Resources

          The Internet is a playground for sexual predators. Learn how to protect your children with these Internet safety resources.

          Advice for Surviving Tricky Parenting Dilemmas

          If you need help when it comes to raising your children, Dr. Phil has advice for making it through tricky parenting dilemmas.

          FBI Cyber Division Tips for Protecting Your Child Online

          Imagine if you found out your teenage daughter was falling in love with an older man on the Internet and concocting a plan to be together 5,591 miles away in a war-torn country. This is an alert to all parents: Do you know what your child is doing on the computer?

          Adjusting Your Approach to Discipline

          There are no set rules for parenting, and oftentimes, what works with one child may not work with another. The following are tips for changing your behavior that will in turn change the way you and your child relate.

          Action Plan for Rebuilding Relationships with Your Children

          If you are ready to be the parent your child needs you to be, follow these steps to put the past behind you, change your approach to parenting that has not worked, and focus on what lies ahead.

          Mindsight

          Do you have a child who throws tantrums and won't behave? Dr. Frank Lawlis, author of Mending the Broken Bond, suggests parents teach their children how to language their feelings using a mindsight, the ability to read and react to the emotions of others.

          When Parents Play Favorites

          Do you openly show favoritism to one of your children? Is your bond stronger with a certain child than with another? Dr. Phil cautions parents who play favorites, explaining how it can be toxic to all the children in the home, including the "star" child.

          Missing Persons Resources

          Missing Persons Resources

          Overcoming Your Competitive Nature

          For some people, winning is everything, but their competitive nature is ruining relationships with their family members. Dr. Phil offers the following advice for competitive people to learn how to overcome their overly competitive nature, learn to relax and enjoy what they have.

          Missing Persons Resources

          Missing Persons Resources

          To Home School or Not to Home School?

          Deciding to home school your child can be a tough decision. Home schooling takes a large commitment of time, money and patience for a parent. Research shows they do just as well or better on ACTs and SATs, but how does it impact them socially?

          A Discipline Questionnaire for Parents

          How well are you parenting your children? Take Dr. Phil's test.

          Adjusting to Parenthood

          Get advice on how to smooth the transition and flourish in your new roles.

          Baby-Proofing Your Home

          Get tips from the National Safety Council on how to keep your baby from harm.

          Action Plan to Avoid Fighting in Front of the Kids

          There's no excuse for the pain it causes. Learn how to stop it.

          The Foundation of a Good Pregnancy

          Dr. Phil helps parents-to-be prepare for a huge life change.

          The Myths and Facts about Pregnancy

          From food cravings to weight gain, Dr. Phil sheds light on common myths.

          Sexual Predator Warning Signs

          Be aware of the common characteristics of sexual predators.

          Children and Violent Video Games

          Children often say their favorite video games are violent. What is the result of all this video game mayhem?

          Nutrition for Kids with ADD

          Proper food and diet can help children be more efficient and have better brain functioning.

          Excerpt From Clay Aiken’s ‘Learning to Sing’

          In his book, Learning to Sing, Clay Aiken shares what it was like to be bullied as a kid, and how he found his gift, embraced it and changed the experience of his life.

          Helping Your Child Succeed in The World

          Steps to take to insure your child will succeed in the world.

          “My Kid Is Cramping My Style”

          Dr. Phil has advice for adjusting to parenthood and balancing your time between being at home with your family and being outside the house with friends and hobbies.

          Contacting the Child You Placed for Adoption

          Eager to meet the child you placed for adoption years ago? Dr. Phil has advice on how to go about it.

          Common Signs of Shaken Baby Syndrome

          Consider these signs when evaluating whether your child may have been violently shaken.

          Tips on Interviewing Nannies

          Lori Berke, author and founder of Care Check, offers tips on the best way to screen potential nannies.

          Protecting Your Child – Even from Caretakers

          Consider these warning signs that your nanny may be mistreating or neglecting your child.

          Making Family Resolutions

          It's time to make a resolution to your family, and Dr. Phil gives you the tools to make it happen.

          Are You Pushing Your Child’s Dreams Too Far?

          Consider these questions when pursuing your child's dream of acting or modeling.

          Protect Your Children from Internet Pedophiles

          Steps to take to insure the safety of your children while they are using the Internet.

          Coping Strategies for Postpartum Depression

          Dr. Phil offers advice and resources for dealing with postpartum depression.

          Identify Your Parenting Style

          Dr. Phil offers the following test to help you identify your parenting style.

          Increasing Your Child’s Intellectual Performance

          Here are some tools to help boost your child's brain power.

          How to Talk to Your Daughter about Sex

          Dr. Phil offers advice on how to have the "big talk" with your daughter.

          Advice for Getting Your Child to Do Anything

          Parenting is about negotiating, but oftentimes it can turn into a downright power struggle. If you're caught in a constant give-and-take with your child, follow this advice.

          Using Biofeedback to Help Improve ADD Symptoms

          How using biofeedback can help to bring the symptoms of ADD under control.

          National Parenting Survey

          This parenting survey reflects data from more than 20,000 participants.

          Creating a Contingency Contract for Your Child

          This contingency contract for parenting is taken from Dr. Phil's new book Family First: Your Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family.

          The Five Factors for a Phenomenal Family

          You can create the family you've always dreamed about.

          Monitoring Your Child’s Growth

          Is your child in the 25th percentile? Or the 95th? What does it all mean? Renowned child expert Dr. Harvey Karp explains the growth charts and what parents should watch for.

          Maximizing Your Child’s Potential

          Whether your child is ahead of the developmental curve, or lagging behind, Dr. Phil has advice about what parents can do maximize their children's potential.

          The New Stepfamily

          The transition into a blended family can be a difficult one. Dr. Phil offers advice on the roles, rights, responsibilities and expectancies that each family member carries.

          Dating After Divorce

          What single parents need to know about how dating again can affect their children.

          Overcoming Bedwetting

          Dr. Phil offers suggestions on how parents can help their child overcome bedwetting.

          The Price Kids Pay for Watching Their Parents Fight

          Two grown women reveal how watching their parents fight affects them even 15 years later.

          Improving Your Relationship with Your Father

          Dr. Phil talks to women who say that problems with their dads have affected their lives.

          Permissive Parenting

          Dr. Phil gives advice to parents who provide little structure or discipline for their teenagers.

          When Children Abuse Animals

          Dr. Phil gives advice to parents who discover their child is abusing animals.

          Dealing with a Violent Child

          Dr. Phil talks to parents who say they are afraid of their violent children.

          Children and Advertising

          Read some surprising facts about advertising that is aimed at your child.

          Adoption Advice: Reuniting with a Biological Relative

          Dr. Phil gives advice on preparing for reunions with long lost family members.

          How to Stop a Temper Tantrum in Seconds

          Dr. Phil invites Dr. Harvey Karp on the show to share his technique to stop a toddler's temper tantrum in seconds.

          Dads in the Delivery Room

          Tips for expectant fathers who are nervous about being in the delivery room.

          Quiz: Does Your Child Idolize a Celebrity?

          Is your child overly facinated with a celebrity?

          How to Tame Your 2-Year-Old

          Dr. Phil gives advice for parenting a 2-year-old.

          The Five Techniques to Calm a Crying Baby

          Dr. Phil invites Dr. Harvey Karp on the show to share his five techniques to trigger a baby's calming reflex.

          When Your Child Won’t Stop Lying

          Frustrated because your child continues to lie to you in spite of your disciplinary efforts? Dr. Phil has advice.

          Enforcing Time-Outs

          If your child is misbehaving, but you feel guilty about enforcing your own rules with a time-out, Dr. Phil has advice.

          Adoption Language

          There are positive and negative terms when talking about adoption.

          Worksheet: Documenting the Facts of Drug Use

          Use this worksheet to collect data to use in a structured intervention.

          Is It OK To Have An Only Child?

          Dr. Phil gives his thoughts about whether it's selfish to have an only child.

          Age-Appropriate Discipline Techniques

          Dr. Phil outlines effective vs. ineffective techniques for children through the age of 16.

          Common Discipline Mistakes

          Dr. Phil explains some of the most common discipline mistakes parents make and how to avoid them.

          Mom: ‘I Despise My Daughter’s Best Friend’

          Rachel claims her daughter, Shaila, is being belittled, mistreated and “beaten down” – all because of her so-called best friend, Destinee.

          Do You Know How to Brat-Proof Your Child?

          Do you cave easily to your child's temper tantrums? Unsure if your discpline techniques are doing more harm than good? Take a quiz!

          Strategies for Effective Parenting

          Dr. Phil and child behavior specialist Betsy Brown Braun suggest the following strategies to improve discipline and establish a healthy bond with your kids

          Are You an Angry Mom?

          Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed when disciplining your children? Fear that your temper may be out of control? The following quiz can help gauge if you need help dealing with deep feelings of hostility.

          Parents’ Top Three Questions

          Parents: How tuned in are you to your childrens' interests, friends, hobbies and extracurricular activities? If you suspect your child might be headed down a wrong path, sit down with him or her and ask the following three questions.

          Test for Thrill-Seeking Behavior

          Are you a self-described daredevil? Are you always looking for the next thrill? Take the following test!

          Quiz: Are You a Permissive Parent?

          Do you feel your teen is out of control, and you don't know why? Answer this series of questions to find out if you are enabling your teen's bad behavior.

          Discipline Dos and Don’ts

          Are you overwhelmed dealing with your child’s temper tantrums? Dr. Phil and educational consultant Dr. Michele Borba offer tips for creating peace.

          When Parenting Becomes Abuse

          How do you know when your actions toward your child cross the line and become abusive? The ChildHelp National Child Abuse Hotline offers parents these tips for learning the boundaries of abuse

          A Discipline Questionnaire for Parents

          How well are you parenting your children? Take Dr. Phil's test.

          Sports and School: Requiring More from Your Teen

          Does winning on the court or field mean failing in the classroom?

          Tool 2: Parenting with Clarity – Communication Audit

          If you fear that your child is headed on a path to destruction, Dr. Phil offers the following tools to help you parent with purpose.

          If You Suspect Your Child Has a Mental Illness

          Do you fear that your child is getting out of control and may have an biological or medical issue? Dr. Phil has advice.

          Fourteen Characteristics of a Serial Killer

          Could you be raising a serial killer?

          Increasing Your Child’s Intellectual Performance

          Here are some tools to help boost your child's brain power.

          Seven Tools for Purposeful Parenting

          Dr. Phil offers these tools to turn your chaotic family into a peaceful one.

          Permissive Parenting

          Dr. Phil gives advice to parents who provide little structure or discipline for their teenagers.

          How to Stop a Temper Tantrum in Seconds

          Dr. Phil invites Dr. Harvey Karp on the show to share his technique to stop a toddler's temper tantrum in seconds.

          Is Your Firstborn Acting Out?

          Don't understand why your child has begun having temper tantrums or turned into a drama queen? Dr. Phil has some advice that may surprise you.

          When Your Child Won’t Stop Lying

          Frustrated because your child continues to lie to you in spite of your disciplinary efforts? Dr. Phil has advice.

          Enforcing Time-Outs

          If your child is misbehaving, but you feel guilty about enforcing your own rules with a time-out, Dr. Phil has advice.

          Age-Appropriate Discipline Techniques

          Dr. Phil outlines effective vs. ineffective techniques for children through the age of 16.

          Common Discipline Mistakes

          Dr. Phil explains some of the most common discipline mistakes parents make and how to avoid them.

          Listening to Your Child’s Bad Behavior

          Is your child trying to communicate a need?

          Three Questions to Ask Before Spanking

          Dr. Phil suggests you ask yourself these three questions.

          Spanking Research

          The pros and cons of spanking.

          Five Steps to Disciplining Your Kids

          Dr. Phil offers alternatives to spanking.

          What to Do When You Disagree on Discipline

          Dr. Phil's advice for parents who can't agree on how to punish their children.

          Five Core Steps to Good Parenting

          There's more you can do to bring you and your child closer.

          Coping Steps for Verbally Abusive Parents

          Because there is no excuse.

          To Spank or Not to Spank?

          Dr. Phil explains why he is opposed to spanking, and suggests some alternatives.

          What to Do If You Witness Child Abuse

          What to do if you witness child abuse.

          If You Were Abused

          What to do if you want to rebuild the relationship with your abusive parent.

          The Parenting Test

          Find out if you're on the path to becoming a destructive parent.

          Mom Demonstrates How Hard She Shook Her 2-Year-Old Son Prior To Child Suffering A Seizure

          Kayla says she thinks a fall on the playground caused her 2-year-old son Noah’s brain injuries and seizure. However, Department of Children and Family Services claimed Kayla confessed to shaking the child and hitting his head on the wooden railing of his bed, which she denies.

          Why Father Says He Believes Son’s Seizure, ‘Serious Injuries’ Caused By Child’s Mother, Not Playground Fall

          Andrew says he believes his ex, Kayla, is responsible for causing serious injury to their 2-year-old son, Noah, who suffered a seizure.

          The Risks to Boys Who Grow Up with Abuse

          Are you in an abusive relationship and worry about the effect it will have on your children?

          Six Tips for Effective Listening

          Loni Coombs, former prosecutor and author of "You're Perfect ..."? and Other Lies Parents Tell, shares her six tips for effective listening for parents.

          Sex Talk Dos and Don’ts

          It's a topic that makes many parents run for cover, but explaining "the birds and the bees" is a conversation every parent needs to have with their kids. Dr. Phil and Dr. John Chirban, author of How to Talk with Your Kids about Sex, give tips.

          The Five Stages of Grooming By a Pedophile

          Ninety percent of child molesters know their victims. Would you recognize a predator near your family? Learn the five stages a pedophile goes through to groom a victim.

          Impact of Child Sexual Abuse on Victims

          The damages causes by child sexual abuse last a long time without the proper healing. Learn the impact on victims.

          Signs of Child Neglect

          Child neglect is another type of child abuse. Learn the warning signs of child neglect and what to do if you spot them.

          How to Prepare before Adopting Internationally

          There are many challenges to adopting an international child. Dr. Phil and experts offer tips on how to prepare yourself for a successful adoption process.

          Top 10 Things to Do Before Considering Surrogacy

          Surrogacy can be a miraculous gift, a way of helping a childless or infertile couple fulfill their desire to become parents. According to Bill Handel, attorney and director of the Center for Surrogate Parenting, Inc., there are 10 things you must consider before working with a surrogate.

          Biggest Parenting Mistakes

          Dr. Phil and special guest Dr. Jim Sears, pediatrician and co-host of the hit show, ,The Doctors, tackle five childhood behaviors that leave parents frustrated.

          Talking to Your Kids about Sandra Cantu

          It's the story everyone is talking about: The horrific murder and alleged rape of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu. People are asking, “How do I keep my child safe? How do I talk to my children about this?� Dr. Michele Borba, educational psychologist and author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions, offers her advice.

          Adoption Tips

          Considering adoption? Read these tips first.

          When Parents Play Favorites

          Do you openly show favoritism to one of your children? Is your bond stronger with a certain child than with another? Dr. Phil cautions parents who play favorites, explaining how it can be toxic to all the children in the home, including the "star" child.

          Four Ways to Reduce the Risk of SIDS

          Learn what steps you can take to reduce your child's risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

          Get Your Child To Sleep Through the Night

          If you're a parent struggling with this issue, the following are tips to help you get back on the road to a good nights sleep.

          To Home School or Not to Home School?

          Deciding to home school your child can be a tough decision. Home schooling takes a large commitment of time, money and patience for a parent. Research shows they do just as well or better on ACTs and SATs, but how does it impact them socially?

          Baby-Proofing Your Home

          Get tips from the National Safety Council on how to keep your baby from harm.

          Where Should Your Child Sleep?

          See both sides of the debate about parents and kids sleeping together.

          Children and Violent Video Games

          Children often say their favorite video games are violent. What is the result of all this video game mayhem?

          Contacting the Child You Placed for Adoption

          Eager to meet the child you placed for adoption years ago? Dr. Phil has advice on how to go about it.

          Common Signs of Shaken Baby Syndrome

          Consider these signs when evaluating whether your child may have been violently shaken.

          Protecting Your Child – Even from Caretakers

          Consider these warning signs that your nanny may be mistreating or neglecting your child.

          How to Talk to Your Daughter about Sex

          Dr. Phil offers advice on how to have the "big talk" with your daughter.

          Monitoring Your Child’s Growth

          Is your child in the 25th percentile? Or the 95th? What does it all mean? Renowned child expert Dr. Harvey Karp explains the growth charts and what parents should watch for.

          Maximizing Your Child’s Potential

          Whether your child is ahead of the developmental curve, or lagging behind, Dr. Phil has advice about what parents can do maximize their children's potential.

          Dads in the Delivery Room

          Tips for expectant fathers who are nervous about being in the delivery room.

          How to Tame Your 2-Year-Old

          Dr. Phil gives advice for parenting a 2-year-old.

          The Five Techniques to Calm a Crying Baby

          Dr. Phil invites Dr. Harvey Karp on the show to share his five techniques to trigger a baby's calming reflex.

          Adoption Language

          There are positive and negative terms when talking about adoption.

          Is It OK To Have An Only Child?

          Dr. Phil gives his thoughts about whether it's selfish to have an only child.

          Negotiating for More Children

          Disagree with your spouse over whether you should have another child?

          Discussing the Birds and the Bees

          How much is too much information?

          Co-Sleeping Safety Tips

          Many parents and caregivers are unaware that there are hidden hazards when you allow your child to share your bed.

          Co-Sleeping

          Does your child fear that there are monsters under the bed? Is she afraid of the dark? For 10 years, Carol has given in to her kids and let them sleep in her bed. Dr. Phil weighs in on co-sleeping.

          Explaining a Parent’s Illness to a Child

          What can a parent say to a child when Mom or Dad is sick? Dr. Phil talks to a woman who's fighting cancer and struggling with how to explain it to her 4-year-old.

          Explaining the Birds and the Bees

          Talking to your child about the birds and the bees may be a little easier with Dr. Phil's advice.

          ‘My 5-Year-Old Son Prefers Girls’ Clothing and Toys’

          A woman with a 5-year-old son turns to Dr. Phil for help about his preference for wearing dresses and playing with Barbies.

          Potty Train Your Child In Less Than a Day

          Get step-by-step instructions here.

          When Your Child Won’t Stop Breast-Feeding

          Dr. Phil's advice for a mother who still breast-feeds her 5-and 7-year-old children.

          Questions Your Unborn Child Might Ask

          Thinking of having a baby? Ask yourself these questions first.

          Don’t Let Having a Baby Ruin Your Marriage

          Dr. Phil has advice on how to cope with the new stress.

          What Kind of Role Model Are You?

          Through your actions, your words, your behavior and your love, you can direct your children toward where you want them to go. What are you modeling?

          Easy Tips For Parents To Protect Their Children Online

          When it comes to posting photos and information online, there are potential dangers, as parents can unknowingly open their private lives up to unwanted eyes. But, as Dr. Phil explains, there are ways to protect your family, yet still be able to share these special occasions.

          The Heartbreaking Reason A 14-Year-Old Has Never Had A Friend Over To His House

          Josh, 14, says he didn't know what a "normal" house was like until he had a sleepover at a friend's house when he was 10. That's when he realized that his mom's hoarding was an issue.

          How to Do a Dyad Exercise with Your Teen

          The term "dyad" describes a two-person unit wherein two people are face to face and are involved in active eye contact. It tests your ability to really listen to one another without judgment.

          Realities Calling for Parental Vigilance/Action

          Is your teen in trouble? Dr. Phil lists some of the realities that call for parental vigilance and action.

          Red Flags for Girls: Eight Essential Directives for Strong Self-Esteem, Healthy Dating and Balanced Relationships

          Rebecca is a national speaker, advocate for victims of human trafficking, and the author of The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice. She speaks to women about abuse and how to break the cycle.

          What to Look for When Choosing Residential Treatment Centers or Therapeutic Schools

          Not all residential treatment centers and therapeutic schools are perfect, nor are they the perfect fit. Dr. Phil provides tips for parents considering these programs for their out-of-control teens.

          The Five Stages of Grooming By a Pedophile

          Ninety percent of child molesters know their victims. Would you recognize a predator near your family? Learn the five stages a pedophile goes through to groom a victim.

          Impact of Child Sexual Abuse on Victims

          The damages causes by child sexual abuse last a long time without the proper healing. Learn the impact on victims.

          Could Your Teen Be Blinded by Love? The Six Warning Signs

          Parents: Are you worried about your teen's love life? Find out the six warning signs that they could be blinded by love.

          Quiz: Is Your Daughter in an Abusive Relationship?

          Research shows that 98 percent of teenage girls who have been abused continue to date the abuser. Your teen could be one of them. Do you know the warning signs?

          Quiz: Are You a Permissive Parent?

          Do you feel your teen is out of control, and you don't know why? Answer this series of questions to find out if you are enabling your teen's bad behavior.

          What Teens Want Parents to Know about Teen Sex

          The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy shares the 10 things teens want their parents and other adults to know about teens and sex.

          Prevent Teen Love Obsessions

          When teens fall in love, they fear they’ll fall apart if they break up, so many get further into relationships before they’re mature enough to handle them. Follow these steps if you fear your teen is becoming obsessed in his or her relationship.

          Family Strategies for Coping with an Eating Disorder

          Dr. Phil offers tips for coping with a family member who has an eating disorder.

          A Call to Action against Bullying

          The alarming rise in the number of teens taking their own lives is leaving parents desperate for answers. Could you be missing cues that your child is in trouble? Do you know what is happening at your child's school?

          Warning Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse

          The untimely death of several of celebrities, including former child actor Corey Haim, who were found with prescription pill bottles by their side, has brought the prescription drug abuse epidemic to the limelight. If you fear a loved one may be abusing prescription pills, watch for these warning signs and seek immediate help.

          Dos and Don’ts for Dealing with Suicide

          During the time it takes to tape the Dr. Phil show, 180 people in America will attempt suicide. Every 90 minutes, a teenager or young adult dies by suicide. Learn the dos and don'ts of talking to a teen who may be planning to take his or her life.

          Suicide Warning Signs

          Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens. Sixty percent say they've thought about suicide, 19.3 percent of high school students say they've seriously considered the act and nine percent admit that they have attempted it at least once. If you suspect that your loved one is contemplating taking his or her life, heed the following warning signs.

          Suicide Myths

          A recent rise in teen deaths by suicide has parents and educators concerned. Is your loved one at risk? Dr. Phil sheds light on common myths.

          Media Guidelines for Dealing with Suicide

          Dr. Phil says there is a need to exercise sensitivity when discussing death by suicide so as not to glamorize the act or give rise to copycats. With the recent spate of teens taking their own lives, learn how to have a candid but effective discussion.

          Are You in a Custody Battle?

          Dr. Phil and attorney Areva Martin share advice for smoothing the transition of divorce for your kids and tips to improve your chances of gaining custody.

          Tips for the Tech Addicted Family

          Is your family becoming addicted to technology? Do you find out dinner is ready in the other room via a text message?

          Top Five Ways for Parents to Protect Children

          Dr. Phil offers five important steps for preparing and protecting your children in case a predator tries to abduct them.

          How to Talk to Your Kids about Money

          Financial expert Susan Beacham offers parents tips for talking with their children about money.

          Are You a Competitive Parent?

          Dr. Phil says there’s a difference between nurturing a competitive spirit and pushing your kids to win at any cost. If you’re trying to decide whether or not you are a pushy parent, ask yourself the following questions.

          Sample Anti-Bullying Letter

          The following sample letter can be sent to your state senator to pass anti-bullying legislation.

          Will You Have a Latchkey Kid?

          Is your child ready to stay home alone? How do you prepare them for an unexpected emergency? Consider this safety checklist.

          How to Monitor Your Child’s Cell Phone and Internet Activity

          Sexting is a scary new trend that can land kids in jail. Learn about the newest technologies and applications you can use to monitor your child's activities and whereabouts.

          Top Five Warning Signs that Your Child is in Trouble

          What causes teenagers to make choices that could destroy their future, and why do they give in to peer pressure? What are the signs that your teen is in serious trouble?

          The Sexualization of Your Daughter

          Young girls are growing up faster than ever, while being bombarded with messages that tell them being sexy is better than being smart or talented. Learn when sexualization occurs and what you can do about it.

          Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe Online

          According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, approximately 28 to 30 million children use the Internet. Of that number, one in seven children will be sexually solicited by an online pedophile. Dr. Phil has tips for protecting the ones you love.

          Glossary of Text Messaging Shorthand

          Your teens may be text messaging acronyms to keep you in the dark about their activities. Here is a glossary of common shorthand.

          Risk Factors for Children Who Kill Their Parents

          Dr. Phil and his guests, Nancy Grace of CNN's Headline News, children's rights attorney Paul Mones and criminologist Dr. Denise Boots discuss the common characteristics and risk factors of children who commit parricide.

          Warning Signs of Bullying

          Do you worry that your child is the victim of bullying? Heed the following warning signs, adapted from Jay McGraw's book, Jay McGraw's Life Strategies for Dealing with Bullies.

          How Your Online Profile Could Sabotage Your Future

          If you have an online profile, such as MySpace or Facebook, be aware, what you publish on the Internet for the world to see could end up sabotaging your future.

          Internet Safety Resources

          The Internet is a playground for sexual predators. Learn how to protect your children with these Internet safety resources.

          Advice for Surviving Tricky Parenting Dilemmas

          If you need help when it comes to raising your children, Dr. Phil has advice for making it through tricky parenting dilemmas.

          When Parents Play Favorites

          Do you openly show favoritism to one of your children? Is your bond stronger with a certain child than with another? Dr. Phil cautions parents who play favorites, explaining how it can be toxic to all the children in the home, including the "star" child.

          Missing Persons Resources

          Missing Persons Resources

          Missing Persons Resources

          Missing Persons Resources

          Parents: Breaking Teens’ Bad Habits

          Establish guidelines for your teen so you can coexist peacefully.

          Sports and School: Requiring More from Your Teen

          Does winning on the court or field mean failing in the classroom?

          Excerpt From Clay Aiken’s ‘Learning to Sing’

          In his book, Learning to Sing, Clay Aiken shares what it was like to be bullied as a kid, and how he found his gift, embraced it and changed the experience of his life.

          If You Suspect Your Child is Using Drugs

          A recovering drug addict tells parents what they should be looking for.

          If You Suspect Your Child Has a Mental Illness

          Do you fear that your child is getting out of control and may have an biological or medical issue? Dr. Phil has advice.

          Identify Your Parenting Style

          Dr. Phil offers the following test to help you identify your parenting style.

          Fourteen Characteristics of a Serial Killer

          Could you be raising a serial killer?

          Increasing Your Child’s Intellectual Performance

          Here are some tools to help boost your child's brain power.

          Bibliographical Resources

          Dr. Phil offers the following resources on spanking and parenting.

          National Parenting Survey

          This parenting survey reflects data from more than 20,000 participants.

          Measuring Your Child’s IQ

          The following IQ test was developed by Dr. Frank Lawlis, a former professor and mentor of Dr. Phil.

          Creating a Contingency Contract for Your Child

          This contingency contract for parenting is taken from Dr. Phil's new book Family First: Your Step-by-Step Plan for Creating a Phenomenal Family.

          The Realities of Teens and Sexually Transmitted Diseases

          The surprising facts about the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases among teens.

          Helping Teens Survive High School Cattiness

          Dr. Phil joins with Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and Other Realities of Adolescence, to give parents advice on helping their daughters become accountable for their actions.

          Teens: How to Deal with Disagreement

          Rosalind Wiseman, author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends and Other Realities of Adolescence, shares her S.E.A.L. tool, used to help teens deal with a confrontation or disagreement.

          Children and Advertising

          Read some surprising facts about advertising that is aimed at your child.

          Develop a Healthy Relationship with Your Teen/Parent

          Tips for parents and teens who want to have healthy relationships.

          Teens and Birth Control: What Should You Do?

          Dr. Phil talks with Marty, Erin and Alex of the Dr. Phil Family about the pros and cons of teens and birth control.

          Quiz: Does Your Child Idolize a Celebrity?

          Is your child overly facinated with a celebrity?

          Is Your Firstborn Acting Out?

          Don't understand why your child has begun having temper tantrums or turned into a drama queen? Dr. Phil has some advice that may surprise you.

          Teens and Weight

          Dr. Phil and Jay have advice for teens about controlling their weight and increasing their self esteem.

          Discussing the Birds and the Bees

          How much is too much information?

          Teenage Pregnancy: Adoption or Motherhood?

          Dr. Phil helps a pregnant teenager make the crucial decision about keeping her baby or giving it up for adoption.

          Competitive Parents: Are You Stepping Over the Line?

          Could you be stepping over the line?

          For Parents: How Well Do You Know Your Teen?

          How big is the gap between you and your child?

          For Teens: How Well Do You Know Your Parent(s)?

          How big is the gap between you and your parent(s)?

          Explaining a Parent’s Illness to a Child

          What can a parent say to a child when Mom or Dad is sick? Dr. Phil talks to a woman who's fighting cancer and struggling with how to explain it to her 4-year-old.

          Dealing with Bullies

          How can parents and kids deal with bullies? Dr. Phil has some strategies.

          Myths Teens Believe About Parents

          Teens and parents often baffle each other. Then these myths get thrown into the mix, and understanding each other only gets harder.

          Myths Parents Believe About Teens

          In order to have a successful relationship with your teenager, make sure you don't fall prey to some of the myths about teens.

          “My Daughter Won’t Let Me Date”

          Gloria, a single mom, wants to know how she can date when her 15-year-old daughter yells out "loser!" to the men who court her.

          Rebuilding a Parent/Child Relationship

          How to reconnect and rebuild your relationship in a meaningful way.

          Know the Facts about Teens and Sex

          As shocking as they are, these facts can help you guide your child in making good choices.

          Advice for Teens in Trouble

          If you have questions, it's important that you know where to turn to get the right answers.

          Advice for Parents of Troubled Teens

          If your teenager is creating self-destructive situations, you can't afford to not intervene. Dr. Phil offers advice for dealing with an out-of-control teen

          Talking to Your Teen about Sex

          Dr. Phil and Jay McGraw's advice for parents on how to talk to their teens about sex.

          Teenagers, Sex and Privacy

          How to talk to your child about their sexual activity without violating their privacy.

          Teens and Dating

          Dr. Phil's advice on what is approprate and when.

          Your Parenting Style

          Dr. Phil offers the following chart and advice on meshing your parenting style with your child's personality.

          Easy Tips For Parents To Protect Their Children Online

          When it comes to posting photos and information online, there are potential dangers, as parents can unknowingly open their private lives up to unwanted eyes. But, as Dr. Phil explains, there are ways to protect your family, yet still be able to share these special occasions.

          Mom: ‘I Despise My Daughter’s Best Friend’

          Rachel claims her daughter, Shaila, is being belittled, mistreated and “beaten down” – all because of her so-called best friend, Destinee.

          The Heartbreaking Reason A 14-Year-Old Has Never Had A Friend Over To His House

          Josh, 14, says he didn't know what a "normal" house was like until he had a sleepover at a friend's house when he was 10. That's when he realized that his mom's hoarding was an issue.

          Mom Demonstrates How Hard She Shook Her 2-Year-Old Son Prior To Child Suffering A Seizure

          Kayla says she thinks a fall on the playground caused her 2-year-old son Noah’s brain injuries and seizure. However, Department of Children and Family Services claimed Kayla confessed to shaking the child and hitting his head on the wooden railing of his bed, which she denies.

          Why Father Says He Believes Son’s Seizure, ‘Serious Injuries’ Caused By Child’s Mother, Not Playground Fall

          Andrew says he believes his ex, Kayla, is responsible for causing serious injury to their 2-year-old son, Noah, who suffered a seizure.

          Mom Accused Of Shaking 2-Year-Old Blames Playground Fall For Causing Child’s Seizure

          While Kayla admits to shaking the child, she insists she did not shake Noah hard enough to cause the brain injuries that led to his seizure, and instead claims a fall on the playground days before the seizure may have been the cause.

          Teen Domestic Violence Resources

          If your teenager, your friend, or even you are in an abusive relationship, there are places to go for help. The following resources are a good place to start.

          Should You Report an Abusive Parent?

          How to tell if you should report an incident.

          Tear Down the Wall and Bond with Your Child

          Dr. Phil has advice for overcoming difficult circumstances and learning to bond with your child.

          How to Do a Dyad Exercise with Your Teen

          The term "dyad" describes a two-person unit wherein two people are face to face and are involved in active eye contact. It tests your ability to really listen to one another without judgment.

          Five Critical Steps for Negotiating with Your Child

          All relationships are mutually defined, and the definitions you reach are a product of the negotiations you conduct with each other. If you don't like your relationship with your child, you need to renegotiate it.

          10 Tips for Hiring a Nanny

          When hiring a nanny to care for your children, follow these 11 tips to help assure you find someone trustworthy and well qualified.

          An Autism Diagnosis: Answers To Help You Navigate The Journey

          Dr. Frank Lawlis, author of The Autism Answer and chairman of the Dr. Phil Advisory Board, shares some of his insight about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

          Realities Calling for Parental Vigilance/Action

          Is your teen in trouble? Dr. Phil lists some of the realities that call for parental vigilance and action.

          Red Flags for Girls: Eight Essential Directives for Strong Self-Esteem, Healthy Dating and Balanced Relationships

          Rebecca is a national speaker, advocate for victims of human trafficking, and the author of The Witness Wore Red: The 19th Wife Who Brought Polygamous Cult Leaders to Justice. She speaks to women about abuse and how to break the cycle.

          Needs of Children in Blended Families

          Bringing two families together under one roof can be challenging. In his book Family First, Dr. Phil explains that children in blended families have some very specific needs.

          The Risks to Boys Who Grow Up with Abuse

          Are you in an abusive relationship and worry about the effect it will have on your children?

          Quiz: Do You Need to ‘Grow a Pair’?

          Do you need to take control of your life? Take best-selling author Larry Winget's quiz!

          Parenting in the Real World: A Test

          Preparing your child for the world isn't always easy, but it's essential.

          Six Tips for Effective Listening

          Loni Coombs, former prosecutor and author of "You're Perfect ..."? and Other Lies Parents Tell, shares her six tips for effective listening for parents.

          Parenting in the Real World: Shocking Statistics

          From Life Code: The New Rules for Winning in the Real World, Dr. Phil shares some shocking statistics of children being raised in today's family paradigm.

          What to Look for When Choosing Residential Treatment Centers or Therapeutic Schools

          Not all residential treatment centers and therapeutic schools are perfect, nor are they the perfect fit. Dr. Phil provides tips for parents considering these programs for their out-of-control teens.

          Sex Talk Dos and Don’ts

          It's a topic that makes many parents run for cover, but explaining "the birds and the bees" is a conversation every parent needs to have with their kids. Dr. Phil and Dr. John Chirban, author of How to Talk with Your Kids about Sex, give tips.

          The Benefits of Faith

          Research indicates tangible advantages to a connection with the spiritual word. Is faith a part of your life? Learn the benefits here.

          The Five Stages of Grooming By a Pedophile

          Ninety percent of child molesters know their victims. Would you recognize a predator near your family? Learn the five stages a pedophile goes through to groom a victim.

          Impact of Child Sexual Abuse on Victims

          The damages causes by child sexual abuse last a long time without the proper healing. Learn the impact on victims.

          Could Your Teen Be Blinded by Love? The Six Warning Signs

          Parents: Are you worried about your teen's love life? Find out the six warning signs that they could be blinded by love.

          Questions to Ask Yourself in a Custody Battle

          Are you in a custody battle? Have you lost custody of your children and wonder if you're doing enough to get them back? Dr. Phil has a series of questions to assess whether you are doing all you can to regain custody.

          Signs of Child Neglect

          Child neglect is another type of child abuse. Learn the warning signs of child neglect and what to do if you spot them.

          Personality Test Results

          Today's guests were asked to take a personality test. See how they scored, and how you compare!

          Quiz: Is Your Son Ready To Be a Man and a Good Husband?

          In his new book, Straight Talk, No Chaser, comedian and TV/radio host Steve Harvey says there are some important things every young man needs to learn before becoming a real man. Take this quiz to see how your son stacks up!

          Maintaining Sobriety and Avoiding Relapse

          You've made it through rehab and are clean and sober -- Now what? Dr. Frank Lawlis, chairman of the Dr. Phil advisory board, offers his steps for maintaining sobriety.

          The Real Teen Mom: Alarming Statistics

          The good news is teen pregnancy is down, but the bad news is it's still the highest in the western world. The stastics explore just how big a problem it is — and why there may be no winners.

          Quiz: Are You an Enabler?

          Enabling behavior can make your addicted love one even sicker. Find out if you're an enabler!

          Do You Know How to Brat-Proof Your Child?

          Do you cave easily to your child's temper tantrums? Unsure if your discpline techniques are doing more harm than good? Take a quiz!

          Strategies for Effective Parenting

          Dr. Phil and child behavior specialist Betsy Brown Braun suggest the following strategies to improve discipline and establish a healthy bond with your kids

          Are You an Angry Mom?

          Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed when disciplining your children? Fear that your temper may be out of control? The following quiz can help gauge if you need help dealing with deep feelings of hostility.

          Tips for Parents to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

          Learn 10 tips for parents to help prevent teen pregnancy. The tips can also influence teens to delay becoming sexually active and encourage those having sex to use contraception carefully.

          Quiz: Is Your Daughter in an Abusive Relationship?

          Research shows that 98 percent of teenage girls who have been abused continue to date the abuser. Your teen could be one of them. Do you know the warning signs?

          Parents’ Top Three Questions

          Parents: How tuned in are you to your childrens' interests, friends, hobbies and extracurricular activities? If you suspect your child might be headed down a wrong path, sit down with him or her and ask the following three questions.

          Test for Thrill-Seeking Behavior

          Are you a self-described daredevil? Are you always looking for the next thrill? Take the following test!

          Quiz: Are You a Permissive Parent?

          Do you feel your teen is out of control, and you don't know why? Answer this series of questions to find out if you are enabling your teen's bad behavior.

          What Teens Want Parents to Know about Teen Sex

          The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy shares the 10 things teens want their parents and other adults to know about teens and sex.

          Quiz: Are You at Risk for an Eating Disorder?

          Do you check the calories on everything you eat in trying to control your weight? Do you skip meals to lose weight? How about your teenager? Take this quiz to determine if you or someone you love may be at risk for developing a deadly eating disorder.

          Prevent Teen Love Obsessions

          When teens fall in love, they fear they’ll fall apart if they break up, so many get further into relationships before they’re mature enough to handle them. Follow these steps if you fear your teen is becoming obsessed in his or her relationship.

          How to Prepare before Adopting Internationally

          There are many challenges to adopting an international child. Dr. Phil and experts offer tips on how to prepare yourself for a successful adoption process.

          Family Strategies for Coping with an Eating Disorder

          Dr. Phil offers tips for coping with a family member who has an eating disorder.

          A Call to Action against Bullying

          The alarming rise in the number of teens taking their own lives is leaving parents desperate for answers. Could you be missing cues that your child is in trouble? Do you know what is happening at your child's school?

          Warning Signs of Prescription Drug Abuse

          The untimely death of several of celebrities, including former child actor Corey Haim, who were found with prescription pill bottles by their side, has brought the prescription drug abuse epidemic to the limelight. If you fear a loved one may be abusing prescription pills, watch for these warning signs and seek immediate help.

          Dos and Don’ts for Dealing with Suicide

          During the time it takes to tape the Dr. Phil show, 180 people in America will attempt suicide. Every 90 minutes, a teenager or young adult dies by suicide. Learn the dos and don'ts of talking to a teen who may be planning to take his or her life.

          Suicide Warning Signs

          Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens. Sixty percent say they've thought about suicide, 19.3 percent of high school students say they've seriously considered the act and nine percent admit that they have attempted it at least once. If you suspect that your loved one is contemplating taking his or her life, heed the following warning signs.

          Suicide Myths

          A recent rise in teen deaths by suicide has parents and educators concerned. Is your loved one at risk? Dr. Phil sheds light on common myths.

          Media Guidelines for Dealing with Suicide

          Dr. Phil says there is a need to exercise sensitivity when discussing death by suicide so as not to glamorize the act or give rise to copycats. With the recent spate of teens taking their own lives, learn how to have a candid but effective discussion.

          Top 10 Things to Do Before Considering Surrogacy

          Surrogacy can be a miraculous gift, a way of helping a childless or infertile couple fulfill their desire to become parents. According to Bill Handel, attorney and director of the Center for Surrogate Parenting, Inc., there are 10 things you must consider before working with a surrogate.

          Are You in a Custody Battle?

          Dr. Phil and attorney Areva Martin share advice for smoothing the transition of divorce for your kids and tips to improve your chances of gaining custody.

          Discipline Dos and Don’ts

          Are you overwhelmed dealing with your child’s temper tantrums? Dr. Phil and educational consultant Dr. Michele Borba offer tips for creating peace.

          Biggest Parenting Mistakes

          Dr. Phil and special guest Dr. Jim Sears, pediatrician and co-host of the hit show, ,The Doctors, tackle five childhood behaviors that leave parents frustrated.

          Cross-Cultural Adoption Dos and Don’ts

          Adopting a child from a different country can be a rewarding experience for you and your family. However, Dr. Phil says there are several adoption dos and don'ts to consider as you celebrate your child's differences.

          Tips for the Tech Addicted Family

          Is your family becoming addicted to technology? Do you find out dinner is ready in the other room via a text message?

          The Right Way to Adopt and Tips to Avoid a Scam

          Dr. Phil shares tips to insure a successful adoption and signs to watch for to avoid being scammed.

          Top Five Ways for Parents to Protect Children

          Dr. Phil offers five important steps for preparing and protecting your children in case a predator tries to abduct them.

          How to Talk to Your Kids about Money

          Financial expert Susan Beacham offers parents tips for talking with their children about money.

          Are You a Competitive Parent?

          Dr. Phil says there’s a difference between nurturing a competitive spirit and pushing your kids to win at any cost. If you’re trying to decide whether or not you are a pushy parent, ask yourself the following questions.

          Sample Anti-Bullying Letter

          The following sample letter can be sent to your state senator to pass anti-bullying legislation.

          Sibling Abuse

          It has been reported that as many as 53 out of every 100 siblings abuse a brother or sister. It could be happening in your home without you even knowing it. Learn the warning signs if one of your children is being abused and the steps to take to stop it.

          Will You Have a Latchkey Kid?

          Is your child ready to stay home alone? How do you prepare them for an unexpected emergency? Consider this safety checklist.

          Are You Ready for Motherhood?

          Ask yourself the following four questions to see if you're ready to become a parent.

          Foster Children’s Rights

          If you or someone you know lives in foster care, the following is a list of rights that he or she is entitled to, as outlined by the Office of the Foster Care Ombudsman, State of California.

          Talking to Your Kids about Sandra Cantu

          It's the story everyone is talking about: The horrific murder and alleged rape of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu. People are asking, “How do I keep my child safe? How do I talk to my children about this?� Dr. Michele Borba, educational psychologist and author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions, offers her advice.

          How to Monitor Your Child’s Cell Phone and Internet Activity

          Sexting is a scary new trend that can land kids in jail. Learn about the newest technologies and applications you can use to monitor your child's activities and whereabouts.

          If You Are Being Abused

          Know what to do if you are being abused.

          Top Five Warning Signs that Your Child is in Trouble

          What causes teenagers to make choices that could destroy their future, and why do they give in to peer pressure? What are the signs that your teen is in serious trouble?

          The Sexualization of Your Daughter

          Young girls are growing up faster than ever, while being bombarded with messages that tell them being sexy is better than being smart or talented. Learn when sexualization occurs and what you can do about it.

          Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe Online

          According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, approximately 28 to 30 million children use the Internet. Of that number, one in seven children will be sexually solicited by an online pedophile. Dr. Phil has tips for protecting the ones you love.

          Glossary of Text Messaging Shorthand

          Your teens may be text messaging acronyms to keep you in the dark about their activities. Here is a glossary of common shorthand.

          Avoiding Fatal Drug Mistakes

          Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and co-host of The Doctors highlights some common drug interactions that could be fatal.

          Risk Factors for Children Who Kill Their Parents

          Dr. Phil and his guests, Nancy Grace of CNN's Headline News, children's rights attorney Paul Mones and criminologist Dr. Denise Boots discuss the common characteristics and risk factors of children who commit parricide.

          Top Five Tips for Preventing Child Abduction

          Bob Stuber, one of the America's most-recognized safety experts, shares the top five things all parents and kids should know to prevent a child abduction.

          Warning Signs of Bullying

          Do you worry that your child is the victim of bullying? Heed the following warning signs, adapted from Jay McGraw's book, Jay McGraw's Life Strategies for Dealing with Bullies.

          Staying Safe at College

          As many as one in four college women are victims of rape or attempted sexual assault. Even more disturbing, 84 college men who committed rape said that what they did would not be defined as rape in their own minds. Learn the top five safety tips every student needs to know, and what to do if you've been sexually assaulted.

          Steps to Take if You Are Falsely Accused of Child Abuse

          If you're falsely accused of a crime, follow these steps in an effort to clear your name.

          When Parenting Becomes Abuse

          How do you know when your actions toward your child cross the line and become abusive? The ChildHelp National Child Abuse Hotline offers parents these tips for learning the boundaries of abuse

          How Your Online Profile Could Sabotage Your Future

          If you have an online profile, such as MySpace or Facebook, be aware, what you publish on the Internet for the world to see could end up sabotaging your future.

          Internet Safety Resources

          The Internet is a playground for sexual predators. Learn how to protect your children with these Internet safety resources.

          Advice for Surviving Tricky Parenting Dilemmas

          If you need help when it comes to raising your children, Dr. Phil has advice for making it through tricky parenting dilemmas.

          Autism Spectrum Disorder Early Warning Signs

          If you're a parent of young children, how can you tell if your child might be autistic? Dr. Phil shares some of the early warning signs of autism.

          FBI Cyber Division Tips for Protecting Your Child Online

          Imagine if you found out your teenage daughter was falling in love with an older man on the Internet and concocting a plan to be together 5,591 miles away in a war-torn country. This is an alert to all parents: Do you know what your child is doing on the computer?

          Adjusting Your Approach to Discipline

          There are no set rules for parenting, and oftentimes, what works with one child may not work with another. The following are tips for changing your behavior that will in turn change the way you and your child relate.

          Action Plan for Rebuilding Relationships with Your Children

          If you are ready to be the parent your child needs you to be, follow these steps to put the past behind you, change your approach to parenting that has not worked, and focus on what lies ahead.

          Mindsight

          Do you have a child who throws tantrums and won't behave? Dr. Frank Lawlis, author of Mending the Broken Bond, suggests parents teach their children how to language their feelings using a mindsight, the ability to read and react to the emotions of others.

          Co-Parenting with Your Ex

          Dealing with an ex when you have kids together can be difficult. Learn to put your child's best interests above your own and form an amicable relationship.

          Adoption Tips

          Considering adoption? Read these tips first.

          When Parents Play Favorites

          Do you openly show favoritism to one of your children? Is your bond stronger with a certain child than with another? Dr. Phil cautions parents who play favorites, explaining how it can be toxic to all the children in the home, including the "star" child.

          Four Ways to Reduce the Risk of SIDS

          Learn what steps you can take to reduce your child's risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

          Get Your Child To Sleep Through the Night

          If you're a parent struggling with this issue, the following are tips to help you get back on the road to a good nights sleep.

          Signs Your Daughter May Be in an Abusive Relationship

          Some research shows that 98 percent of teenage girls who have been abused continue to date the abuser. If you suspect your daughter is in an abusive relationship, these are some classic warning signs to watch out for.

          Missing Persons Resources

          Missing Persons Resources

          Overcoming Your Competitive Nature

          For some people, winning is everything, but their competitive nature is ruining relationships with their family members. Dr. Phil offers the following advice for competitive people to learn how to overcome their overly competitive nature, learn to relax and enjoy what they have.

          Missing Persons Resources

          Missing Persons Resources