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.
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.
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.
Is your teen in trouble? Dr. Phil lists some of the realities that call for parental vigilance and action.
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.
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.
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.
The damages causes by child sexual abuse last a long time without the proper healing. Learn the impact on victims.
Parents: Are you worried about your teen's love life? Find out the six warning signs that they could be blinded by love.
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?
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.
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.
When teens fall in love, they fear theyâ€™ll fall apart if they break up, so many get further into relationships before theyâ€™re mature enough to handle them. Follow these steps if you fear your teen is becoming obsessed in his or her relationship.
Dr. Phil offers tips for coping with a family member who has an eating disorder.
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?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Is your family becoming addicted to technology? Do you find out dinner is ready in the other room via a text message?
Dr. Phil offers five important steps for preparing and protecting your children in case a predator tries to abduct them.
Financial expert Susan Beacham offers parents tips for talking with their children about money.
Dr. Phil says thereâ€™s a difference between nurturing a competitive spirit and pushing your kids to win at any cost. If youâ€™re trying to decide whether or not you are a pushy parent, ask yourself the following questions.
The following sample letter can be sent to your state senator to pass anti-bullying legislation.
Is your child ready to stay home alone? How do you prepare them for an unexpected emergency? Consider this safety checklist.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Your teens may be text messaging acronyms to keep you in the dark about their activities. Here is a glossary of common shorthand.
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.
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.
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.
The Internet is a playground for sexual predators. Learn how to protect your children with these Internet safety resources.
If you need help when it comes to raising your children, Dr. Phil has advice for making it through tricky parenting dilemmas.
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.
Establish guidelines for your teen so you can coexist peacefully.
Does winning on the court or field mean failing in the classroom?
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.
A recovering drug addict tells parents what they should be looking for.
Do you fear that your child is getting out of control and may have an biological or medical issue? Dr. Phil has advice.
Dr. Phil offers the following test to help you identify your parenting style.
Could you be raising a serial killer?
Here are some tools to help boost your child's brain power.
Dr. Phil offers the following resources on spanking and parenting.
This parenting survey reflects data from more than 20,000 participants.
The following IQ test was developed by Dr. Frank Lawlis, a former professor and mentor of Dr. Phil.
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 surprising facts about the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases among teens.
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.
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.
Read some surprising facts about advertising that is aimed at your child.
Tips for parents and teens who want to have healthy relationships.
Dr. Phil talks with Marty, Erin and Alex of the Dr. Phil Family about the pros and cons of teens and birth control.
Is your child overly facinated with a celebrity?
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.
Dr. Phil and Jay have advice for teens about controlling their weight and increasing their self esteem.
How much is too much information?
Dr. Phil helps a pregnant teenager make the crucial decision about keeping her baby or giving it up for adoption.
Could you be stepping over the line?
How big is the gap between you and your child?
How big is the gap between you and your parent(s)?
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.
How can parents and kids deal with bullies? Dr. Phil has some strategies.
Teens and parents often baffle each other. Then these myths get thrown into the mix, and understanding each other only gets harder.
In order to have a successful relationship with your teenager, make sure you don't fall prey to some of the myths about teens.
Advice for parents and teens on how to get what they want for themselves, for each other and from each other.
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.
How to reconnect and rebuild your relationship in a meaningful way.
As shocking as they are, these facts can help you guide your child in making good choices.
If you have questions, it's important that you know where to turn to get the right answers.
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
Dr. Phil and Jay McGraw's advice for parents on how to talk to their teens about sex.
How to talk to your child about their sexual activity without violating their privacy.
Dr. Phil's advice on what is approprate and when.
Dr. Phil offers the following chart and advice on meshing your parenting style with your child's personality.