"Spoiled Rotten: My Son Needs a Reality Check"

May 2, 2012
Young men today seem to be more interested in popularity, fame and fortune than getting an education or having a paying career. Dr. Phil's guests have not graduated college, are still living at home and are supported by their mothers. Lisa Bloom, attorney and author of Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness, and Thug Culture, weighs in on this new generation of men.






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Eric, aka "King Keith"Rita, Eric's momPatrickCheryl, Patrick's momAttorney and best-selling author, Lisa BloomGrammy Award-winner David Foster

Obsessed with Being Famous?

Aspiring singer Eric, 20, says he believes that image is everything and even changed his name to “King Keith Franklin VII,” because he thought it would help in his pursuit of fame. But, his mom, Rita, says he needs a royal backup plan: a college degree. King Keith says reality television — not college — can teach him all he needs to know about becoming a star. Has King Keith lost touch with reality?


“He’s already famous; he just needs the career.”


Why does Lisa Bloom say King Keith has a dangerous level of swagger? And, Dr. Phil calls out King Keith for his behavior.




“College today is the golden ticket to the middle class.”


Does 16-time Grammy Award-winner David Foster think King Keith has what it takes to succeed in the business? He offers advice for all aspiring musicians.

Imploded on the Road to Success?

Cheryl says her 23-year-old son, Patrick, is lazy and lacks ambition, and is on the road to failure. She says he spends most of his time playing video games, sleeping and sitting in front of the TV. Patrick has been enrolled in college three times, so what does he say stopped his momentum?


How did Patrick veer off the road to success? And, Lisa Bloom weighs in on the dangers of playing video games.


Lisa Bloom’s 10 rules that parents need to know to raise their sons.