How a contentious relationship and fighting in front of kids can affect their development.
When you fight in front of your children, they are forever changed...and you can be sure it's not for the better.
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.
Rachel claims her daughter, Shaila, is being belittled, mistreated and “beaten down” – all because of her so-called best friend, Destinee.
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.
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.
Andrew says he believes his ex, Kayla, is responsible for causing serious injury to their 2-year-old son, Noah, who suffered a 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 cl
Dr. Phil has advice for overcoming difficult circumstances and learning to bond with your child.
When hiring a nanny to care for your children, follow these 11 tips to help assure you find someone trustworthy and well qualified.
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.
Are you in an abusive relationship and worry about the effect it will have on your children?
Do you need to take control of your life? Take best-selling author Larry Winget's quiz!
Preparing your child for the world isn't always easy, but it's essential.
Loni Coombs, former prosecutor and author of "You're Perfect ..."? and Other Lies Parents Tell, shares her six tips for effective listening for parents.
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.
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.
Research indicates tangible advantages to a connection with the spiritual word. Is faith a part of your life? Learn the benefits here.
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.
Child neglect is another type of child abuse. Learn the warning signs of child neglect and what to do if you spot them.
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!
You've made it through rehab and are clean & sober. Dr. Frank Lawlis, chairman of the "Dr. Phil" Advisory Board, offers his steps for maintaining sobriety.
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.
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.
Dr. Phil offers tips for coping with a family member who has an eating disorder.
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.
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.
Is your family becoming addicted to technology? Do you find out dinner is ready in the other room via a text message?
Dr. Phil shares tips to insure a successful adoption and signs to watch for to avoid being scammed.
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.
Ask yourself the following four questions to see if you're ready to become a parent.
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.
It's the story everyone is talking about: The horrific murder and alleged rape of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu. People are asking, â€œHow do I keep my child safe? How do I talk to my children about this?â€? Dr. Michele Borba, educational psychologist and author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions, offers her advice.
Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and co-host of The Doctors highlights some common drug interactions that could be fatal.
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.
If you're falsely accused of a crime, follow these steps in an effort to clear your name.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
How well are you parenting your children? Take Dr. Phil's test.
Get advice on how to smooth the transition and flourish in your new roles.
Get tips from the National Safety Council on how to keep your baby from harm.
Once you've made the decision to never fight in front of your children again, use these strategies to help you stick to that plan.
Dr. Phil helps parents-to-be prepare for a huge life change.
From food cravings to weight gain, Dr. Phil sheds light on common myths.
Be aware of the common characteristics of sexual predators.
Children often say their favorite video games are violent. What is the result of all this video game mayhem?
Proper food and diet can help children be more efficient and have better brain functioning.
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.
Steps to take to insure your child will succeed in the world.
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.
Eager to meet the child you placed for adoption years ago? Dr. Phil has advice on how to go about it.
Consider these signs when evaluating whether your child may have been violently shaken.
Lori Berke, author and founder of Care Check, offers tips on the best way to screen potential nannies.
Consider these warning signs that your nanny may be mistreating or neglecting your child.
It's time to make a resolution to your family, and Dr. Phil gives you the tools to make it happen.
Consider these questions when pursuing your child's dream of acting or modeling.
Steps to take to insure the safety of your children while they are using the Internet.
Dr. Phil offers advice and resources for dealing with postpartum depression.
Dr. Phil offers the following test to help you identify your parenting style.
Here are some tools to help boost your child's brain power.
Dr. Phil offers advice on how to have the "big talk" with your daughter.
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.
How using biofeedback can help to bring the symptoms of ADD under control.
This parenting survey reflects data from more than 20,000 participants.
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.
You can create the family you've always dreamed about.
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.
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 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.
What single parents need to know about how dating again can affect their children.
Dr. Phil offers suggestions on how parents can help their child overcome bedwetting.
Two grown women reveal how watching their parents fight affects them even 15 years later.
Dr. Phil talks to women who say that problems with their dads have affected their lives.
Dr. Phil gives advice to parents who provide little structure or discipline for their teenagers.
Dr. Phil gives advice to parents who discover their child is abusing animals.
Dr. Phil talks to parents who say they are afraid of their violent children.
Read some surprising facts about advertising that is aimed at your child.
Dr. Phil gives advice on preparing for reunions with long lost family members.
Dr. Phil invites Dr. Harvey Karp on the show to share his technique to stop a toddler's temper tantrum in seconds.
Tips for expectant fathers who are nervous about being in the delivery room.
Is your child overly facinated with a celebrity?
Dr. Phil gives advice for parenting a 2-year-old.
Dr. Phil invites Dr. Harvey Karp on the show to share his five techniques to trigger a baby's calming reflex.
Frustrated because your child continues to lie to you in spite of your disciplinary efforts? Dr. Phil has advice.
If your child is misbehaving, but you feel guilty about enforcing your own rules with a time-out, Dr. Phil has advice.
There are positive and negative terms when talking about adoption.
Use this worksheet to collect data to use in a structured intervention.
Dr. Phil gives his thoughts about whether it's selfish to have an only child.