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          Why Fighting In Front Of Kids Is Detrimental To Their Development

          How a contentious relationship and fighting in front of kids can affect their development.

          What Parents Fighting Looks Like Through Their Child’s Eyes

          When you fight in front of your children, they are forever changed...and you can be sure it's not for the better.

          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 cl

          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 & sober. 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.


          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

          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.

          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.