‘You Can’t Be In That Relationship And Trust Yourself To Make Good Judgements,’ Says Dr. Phil To Guest Whose Husband Allegedly Abused Their Kids

Ten-year-old Dominic died in 2015, from an overdose of hydrocodone and sepsis. His parents, Joseph and Jennifer, have been charged with criminal child abuse in connection with his death.

The couple’s 17-year-old daughter, Rebecca says she’s angry with Jennifer because she feels her mother spends all her time focusing on Joseph, instead of her surviving children.

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Joseph, who strongly denies family members’ claims that he has a history of controlling his family, is currently in jail on a probation violation.

Jennifer, who acknowledges Joseph has been abusive toward her and the children in the past when he was drinking, says Joseph is her “soul-mate.” She’s been working to secure his release from jail.

On Tuesday’s episode, Dr. Phil tells Jennifer that if what she claims is true, she’s been dominated by Joseph to the point that she’s allowed him to abuse their children, and coerced her into doing the same. “So that means you can’t be in that relationship and trust yourself to make good judgments.”

“Abuse is not just getting beat on,” he continues. My wife has an entire foundation devoted to this: When Georgia Smiled. And one of her missions is to empower and help women – just like you – that are caught in this.”

This episode airs Tuesday. Find out where you can watch here.

To learn more about Robin McGraw’s foundation: When Georgia Smiled and The Aspire Initiative, an interactive program which helps those caught in the cycle of domestic abuse identify and take steps to end it, visit WhenGeorgiaSmiled.org.

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Couple Faces Criminal Charges In Death Of 10-Year-Old Son

Man Claims He And His Wife Were Charged With Child Abuse Because They Pursued A Medical Negligence Suit In Son’s Death

Joseph says neither he nor his wife, Jennifer, is responsible for the death of their 10-year-old son, Dominic. The couple says they were charged with criminal child abuse after the boy died in 2015 from a hydrocodone overdose and sepsis.

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Jennifer, a registered nurse, says she gave Dominic a half-dose just one time from her own prescription because she claims he was in agony from a hip injury. She claims the child’s doctor later prescribed the same drug and dosage for him.

In a phone-in interview from jail, Joseph says he and Jennifer tried to get Dominic’s doctor to examine the boy on the day he died but claims the physician refused to touch the child. He’s claiming they were charged in Dominic’s death after they decided not to drop a lawsuit claiming the doctor was negligent.

“You don’t think it’s a little bit suspect that at 9:30 in the morning my wife says ‘no we’re not dropping this lawsuit – in fact, we want time to find a different attorney – and at 2 o’clock that same day she’s arrested for this? And at 3 o’clock I get an arrest warrant for it?”

Why does Jennifer say she believes the charges stem from Joseph’s history of domestic violence? And why does their daughter, Rebecca say she’s angry with Jennifer?

This episode of Dr. Phil airs Tuesday. Check here to find your local listing.

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Why A Daughter Who Claims She Was Abused By Her Dad Says She Always Forgives Him

Emily says she didn’t have a good childhood. She claims her father, Joseph, abused her, her siblings, and their mother Jennifer, daily. “One night he came in my room and started hitting me with a belt,” says Emily. “He repeatedly told me to get out of his house and to leave – I was kicked out of the house.”

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Emily says Joseph isn’t “all bad,” though, and says she always forgives him. “I love my dad more than anything.”

Emily’s sister, Rebecca, also claims that their father beat and abused them, their mother, Jennifer, and their siblings.

Jennifer, who says Joseph is her “soul mate” acknowledges that he has been abusive to her in the past. “That was when he was drinking,” she says. “He quit drinking in 2008.”

Joseph and Jennifer have both been charged with criminal child abuse in connection with the death of their 10-year-old son, Dominic. The child died in 2015 from hydrocodone toxicity in combination with sepsis. The couple, who adamantly deny they’re to blame for Dominic’s death lost a child to SIDS in 2007.

When she’s asked why she allegedly allowed her husband to abuse her children, Jennifer says, “How could I stop him?” She also claims he forced her to beat one of their sons with a belt.

When Dr. Phil asks, “Does that tell you that something is way the hell out-of-whack with your soul-mate?” how does Jennifer respond? And why is Emily coming to her father’s defense?

Tune in to Tuesday’s episode. Find out where you can watch, here.

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Parents Charged With Criminal Child Abuse Deny Responsibility For 10-Year-Old Son’s Death 

Parents Charged With Criminal Child Abuse Deny Responsibility For 10-Year-Old Son’s Death

Jennifer and her husband, Joseph, are being charged with criminal child abuse in the 2015 death of their 10-year-old son, Dominic. Joseph is currently incarcerated on a probation violation, while Jennifer, who is free, says she’s working to get her husband out of jail. The case is pending.

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The couple says their child died from sepsis, and an overdose of hydro hydrocodone, which they were giving him for pain from a bruised hip.

Jennifer, who is a registered nurse, acknowledges she gave her son “half of one of one of my pills which is five milligrams when he was screaming in his sleep crying because he was in so much pain. One time. And then the doctor gave us a prescription for it – the same thing.” She’s claiming that organ failure due to Dominic’s sepsis caused him to not metabolize the drug.

“He hadn’t had a hydrocodone in six hours by the time he woke up,” says Joseph about the day their son died. In a phone interview from jail, Joseph denies that he and Jennifer are responsible for Dominic’s death.

Why does Joseph claim the charges against them were brought as a reprisal for a medical negligence suit they were pursuing against their son’s doctor.

This episode of Dr. Phil airs Tuesday. Check here to find your local listing.

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Man Claims He And His Wife Were Charged With Child Abuse Because They Pursued A Medical Negligence Suit In Son’s Death

Why A Mom Charged In Her Son’s Death Says She’s Fighting To Keep Her Family Together

“I refuse to choose between my children and my husband. I love my husband and I love my kids,” says Jennifer; an RN who, along with her husband, Joseph, has been charged with criminal child abuse in connection with the death of the couple’s 10-year-old son, Dominic. The boy died in 2015, as a result of hydrocodone toxicity in combination with sepsis.

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Joseph is currently incarcerated on a probation violation. Their case is pending. She says she’s working to get Joseph out of jail, but the couple’s daughter, Rebecca, says she thinks he should stay there. Rebecca claims her father is abusive and says she doesn’t understand why Jennifer is putting him “before the needs of her children.”

Jennifer acknowledges that Joseph was abusive in the past, but claims he changed once he stopped drinking nine years ago. Now, she says she just wants to put her family back together.

“When Joe was taken to jail, the kids were put in foster care. I want my kids to know I love their dad. I believe we can be a family again,” says Jennifer. “My children should not have been removed. They were never in danger.” Three of the couple’s four surviving children currently live with Joseph’s sister.

Jennifer and Joseph had another son, Ezekiel, who died as an infant in 2007. Jennifer says the official cause of Ezekiel’s death was SIDS, so why does she say – part of her – blames her husband?

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Why A Daughter Who Claims She Was Abused By Her Dad Says She Always Forgives Him

Man Denies Daughter’s Claim That He Dominates And Abuses His Family

Brothers Dominic and Ezekiel, died several years apart. Ezekiel died in 2007 as an infant. The children’s mother, Jennifer, says Ezekiel’s death was SIDS-related. Dominic died in 2015 from hydrocodone toxicity in combination with sepsis at age 10. Jennifer and her husband, Joseph, are currently facing charges of criminal child abuse in connection with Dominic’s death. The case is pending.

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The boys’ older sister, Rebecca, claims it’s her dad – not Jennifer – who is responsible for the deaths of her brothers. She claims Joseph dominates and hits her mother and is abusive of his children. Joseph strongly denies her allegations.

“Me and my brother would get into fist fights, and my dad would chase my little brother around the house to beat him,” claims Rebecca.

“Where’s your mother when this is going on?” asks Dr. Phil on Tuesday’s episode.

“Either she’s sleeping, sitting on the couch, or working,” says Rebecca. “Sometimes she would get in his face for it – other times she wouldn’t,” Rebecca claims her father was arrested and sent to jail numerous times for domestic violence.

Joseph is currently in jail in connection with a probation violation. The case is pending. Tune in to Tuesday’s episode to find out why Joseph claims they were arrested as “retribution” for a lawsuit the couple filed against their son’s doctor.

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Why A Mom Charged In Her Son’s Death Says She’s Fighting To Keep Her Family Together

What Finally Inspired a Lifelong Smoker To Quit

There are now more former smokers than there are current smokers in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Amanda can proudly say she is one of them. The young mom says she finally kicked the habit because she wanted to lead a healthier life for her and her children.

“I knew that I wanted to be a better influence on my kids,” she says. “I didn’t want them to start smoking.” 

Amanda says she was a full-blown smoker by eighth grade and gave birth to her first child two months early because she smoked throughout her pregnancy, yet she continued smoking for five more years. “My body was addicted to nicotine. It’s a very powerful substance,” she says.

Now smoke-free for five years and part of the CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers™ Campaign, Amanda offers advice to Chad, a single father who has been smoking for 25 years. When Chad first appeared on Dr. Phil, he committed to quitting and kept his promise for four months. But he says the intense cravings and friends and family who smoke triggered him to pick up cigarettes again.

“Quitting smoking is similar to riding a bike; you’re learning new skills, you’re learning new things about yourself, even if you fall off,” Amanda says to Chad. “I really would encourage you to get up and try again. I know you could do it.”

Dr. Phil points out that it’s important for Chad to acknowledge and recognize that he has the ability to quit, because he’s done it before. “That means it’s within your behavioral repertoire to not do it,” he says. “Quitting is hard but it’s definitely within reach … Never quit trying. Don’t do it for a month; do it until.”

If you or someone you know is looking for help to stop smoking, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW or go to CDC.gov/tips for information on how to quit.

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Couple Faces Criminal Charges In Death Of 10-Year-Old Son

Jennifer and Joseph have both been charged in connection with the death of their 10-year-old son, Dominic, in 2015 from a hydrocodone overdose and sepsis.

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Jennifer and Joseph also lost a 2-month-old infant son, Ezekiel, to SIDS, in 2007.

Joseph is currently in jail on a probation violation. Rebecca, who claims her dad is abusive, says she’s angry with Jennifer because “It seems like her only focus is to get him out of jail.” Rebecca, along with her remaining siblings, is currently under an aunt’s care. She says, “My mom has given up on us.”

Why does Rebecca claim her father is to blame for the deaths of her younger brothers? And how does Jennifer – a registered nurse – explain how she missed the signs of Dominic’s illness?

Tune in to Tuesday’s Dr. Phil. Find out where you can watch, here.

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Man Denies Daughter’s Claim That He Dominates And Abuses His Family

‘I Shouldn’t Be A Nurse … I Shouldn’t Be A Mom,’ Says RN Who Acknowledges She Missed Signs Her Child Was Dying

Jennifer and Joseph’s 10-year-old son, Dominic, died in 2015 from sepsis and an overdose of hydrocodone. The couple was arrested and charged with criminal child abuse.

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Jennifer, who is a registered nurse, says her son had a painful hip injury for which she gave him half a pill from her own medication before his doctor prescribed the same drug and dosage for him. She says she believes Dominic died because he couldn’t metabolize the narcotic due to liver and kidney failure brought on by his infection.

“I shouldn’t be a nurse … I shouldn’t be a mom,” says a tearful Jennifer on Tuesday’s Dr. Phil. Did she miss signs that her son was dying?

Check here to find out where you can watch Tuesday’s episode.

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‘You Can’t Be In That Relationship And Trust Yourself To Make Good Judgements,’ Says Dr. Phil To Guest Whose Husband Allegedly Abused Their Kids

Woman Describes The Day She Learned Her Daughters Were Molested By Her Father

After watching an episode of Dr. Phil four years ago about a 15-year-old girl who was raped by members of a football team, Cindi says she was compelled to talk to her young children about what to do in case they ever witnessed sexual abuse. She says she was shocked to learn what her daughter’s had told her: they had been sexually abused by their grandfather, Clyde, Cindi’s father.

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In the video above, Cindi recalls the day in detail, including what happened when she called her mother to tell her what she had learned. And, hear why she says she doesn’t believe her daughters were Clyde’s only victims.

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On Monday’s episode of Dr. Phil, hear how this family says the abuse has torn them apart. And, hear from Cindi’s daughters and what they say they want from their mother. Check here to see where you can watch.

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Sisters Say Mom Is ‘Obsessed’ With Reliving Trauma And Won’t Let Go Of The Past

Mother Describes Enormous Burden Of Guilt She Says She Feels Because Her Daughters Were Molested By Her Father

Cindi says ever since she learned that her father molested her daughters when they were 8 and 10, her life has been in chaos. She admits that she is full of rage and sometimes her daughters and husband are the recipients of her lashing out.

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Cindi also reveals she feels enormous guilt for what happened to her daughters and her behavior in the aftermath.

“I am racked with guilt,” she says in the video above from Monday’s episode of Dr. Phil. “My guilt is so consuming it’s unreal. I don’t know how to get past this. I feel like the worst mother in the world … I failed both of my daughters.

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On Monday’s episode, Dr. Phil offers her advice for how she can peacefully move forward from the past and take back her power. Check here to see where you can watch.

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How A Couple Says A Family Secret Revealed Has Taken A Toll On Their Marriage

Cindi admits that she has been filled with rage ever since learning four years ago that her father molested her daughters – a secret their mother says she heard for the first time in seven years. Her father was sentenced to 86 consecutive years in prison, but she says the “nightmare” is far from over.

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Cindi claims her extended family no longer speaks to her because they are convinced she made up the accusations. And Cindi’s immediate family says they have been torn apart and now find themselves at odds against each other. Cindi admits her anger has taken a toll on her marriage and says she and her husband are on the verge of divorce.

“I kind of took all men and just threw them all in one big lump as being obnoxious monsters and that, unfortunately, included him,” Cindi says of her husband Jason. “I’m not the woman he married.”

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Hear more from the husband and wife in the video above. And on Monday’s episode of Dr. Phil, hear from Cindi’s daughters and how they say Cindi’s behavior has affected them. Check here to see where you can watch.

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Daughter Defends Mother Against Claims She Fabricated Abuse Allegations: ‘I Was Molested By Him’

How A Family Says Grandfather’s Abuse Has Torn Them Apart

Cindi says after watching an episode of Dr. Phil about a young girl who had been raped by members of a football team, she had a discussion with her children about what to do if they ever find themselves in a similar situation. She says she never expected the reaction she saw from her two teen daughters.

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“My oldest daughter, Sydney, became really uptight and angry. She jumped up off the couch and she said, ‘Your dad raped me,’ and she instantly began to cry, and fall to the ground and as she did, she pointed at her little sister, Raechel and she said, ‘Not only did he do it to me, he did it to her, too.’ As I turned and looked at my youngest daughter, she was already curling up on the couch in the fetal position,” Cindi recalls.

“I wanted to kill him and I won’t be shy about that,” says Cindi’s husband, Jason.

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Cindi says once she revealed the secret to her family members, almost all of them took her father’s side. “None of them were concerned with the girls,” she says, of her daughters who were 10 and 8 when they say the abuse occurred. “My extended family, I no longer speak to …” because, Cindy claims, “they are convinced I made this up and forced my children to lie about it. I never would. I’d never put my children through this. I wouldn’t put myself through this.”

Raechel and Sydney testified against Clyde and he was sentenced 86 consecutive years in jail after a three-and-a-half year trial.

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“We thought this nightmare was over a year ago when he was convicted, but we were wrong. It’s not over,” Cindi says.

In the video above, the family describes how their lives have been “consumed” by this tragedy, how they say it has torn apart their family and why they are now at odds with each other. And, on Monday’s episode of Dr. Phil, hear why Cindi says she’s filled with guilt and what Dr. Phil says she must do to get closure. Check here to see where you can watch.

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Sisters Say Mom Is ‘Obsessed’ With Reliving Trauma And Won’t Let Go Of The Past

Sisters Say Mom Is ‘Obsessed’ With Reliving Trauma And Won’t Let Go Of The Past

When Sydney and Raechel were 10 and 8, they were sexually abused by their mother’s father. They revealed this seven years later and since then, they say their family has been torn apart. They say they testified against their grandfather and he is now serving 86 years in prison, but that their mom can’t seem to let the past go.

“We had this man put in prison, and I want to move forward, and my mother won’t let me,” says Sydney. “My mother is hard-headed, loud and very obnoxious, and I find her to be crazy.”

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Raechel adds, “My mom is very obsessed with talking about the molestation. She brings it up at the most random times. It’s extremely embarrassing.”

The sisters say their mom has become consumed with anger since learning about the abuse and say that she takes her rage out on the family.

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“The night I had my mother kicked out of our house, we got into a huge fight where she picked me up by my throat and smacked me across the face,” Sydney says. “I did not want my mother to move back home, and she wasn’t supposed to. My father just decided he was going to let her come back. I deserved an apology first.”

Their mother returned home after three months, and the sisters say their relationships haven’t improved and that their parents’ marriage is now on the verge of divorce.

“My family needs a lot of help. They are very broken,” Raechel says.

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On Monday’s episode of Dr. Phil, see what happens when Sydney confronts her mother, Cindi, she says, in the hopes of getting an apology. And, see what Dr. Phil suggests Cindi do to move past her guilt and anger. Check here to see where you can watch.

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One Way To Take Back Your Power After A Traumatic Event

Cindi admits that she has been filled with rage since learning that her two young daughters were sexually abused by her father. She says anger and guilt have consumed her, driving a wedge between her and her daughters and almost destroying her marriage. She says she reached out to Dr. Phil for help because she doesn’t know how to stop raging and move forward with her life.

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In the video above, Dr. Phil offers Cindi – and anyone who needs help overcoming a traumatic event – advice for how to move forward.

“You cannot let this guy dominate your life from behind bars. You’ve got to take your power back,” he tells Cindi. “When you hate somebody or have bitterness toward them, you’re locked in this bond … The only way you’re ever going to get past this is if you decide to let it go.”

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Dr. Phil tells the mom that she has unfinished emotional business with her father and the way to get rid of that is with what he calls MER – minimal effective response. “You find the minimal effective response that will get you where you won’t have to deal with him anymore,” he explains.

For some people, the MER might be to write a letter. For some, they may need to write a letter and mail it. And for others, they may need to confront the person.

“When you have no more unfinished emotional business, then you’ll begin to turn this in the right direction,” Dr. Phil concludes.

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Young Woman Confronts Mother: ‘There’s Quite A Few Things I Would Like Her To Apologize For’

Young Woman Confronts Mother: ‘There’s Quite A Few Things I Would Like Her To Apologize For’

Sisters Sydney and Raechel say once they revealed to their mother that her father, their grandfather, molested them, their family has fallen apart. They say that after he was sentenced to 86 years in prison, their mom’s family turned their backs on them and their mom, claiming, they say, that their mom fabricated the accusations. Now, they say their mom, Cindi, is filled with anger and cannot stop reliving the trauma — and they are ready to move on.

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“I hated my mom. I wanted nothing to do with her. She left and I got stuck with all the responsibility,” Raechel says, referring to when Cindi moved out of their home for three months three years ago. She says she is no longer upset with her because she now realizes that her mom was sick and needed help.

Sydney, however, says she is trying to move on from the past but is struggling to forgive her mom for some of the things she has done. In the video above, Sydney recalls a physical altercation she had with Cindi and shares why she believes she deserves many apologies from her mother.

WATCH: Woman Describes The Day She Learned Her Daughters Were Molested By Her Father

On Monday’s episode of Dr. Phil, Dr. Phil tells Cindi what he believes she needs to do to move past the event and take back her power. Check here to see where you can watch.

Mother Describes Enormous Burden Of Guilt She Says She Feels Because Her Daughters Were Molested By Her Father

Daughter Defends Mother Against Claims She Fabricated Abuse Allegations: ‘I Was Molested By Him’

Cindi says four years ago, her daughters shared with her that they had been sexually abused by her father, their grandfather. The girls testified against their grandfather and he was sentenced to 86 years in prison and now, Cindi says her extended family has turned their backs on her, accusing her of making up the allegations.

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“They are convinced I made this up and forced my children to lie about it,” Cindi claims. “I never would. I’d never put my children through this. I wouldn’t put myself through this.”

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On Monday’s episode of Dr. Phil, Cindi’s daughters stand by their claims and defend their mother.

“I was molested by him. He did this to me. This is not a lie. She did not make this up,” says Cindi’s oldest daughter, Sydney.” I remember, vividly, a lot of things. My mother didn’t fabricate this. That side of the family is covering up for him or attempting to.”

Raechel adds, “Not a lie at all.”

WATCH: Sisters Say Mom Is ‘Obsessed’ With Reliving Trauma And Won’t Let Go Of The Past

In the video above, hear Cindi describe the internal conflict that she says is tearing her apart.

“My head tells me, ‘You did everything right. You did everything you needed to do to keep them safe, and not just them, anybody else he was doing this to,’” she explains. “But my heart keeps telling me, ‘Hey, Stupid. You should have known better. You were their mom. You took your sweet little lambs over there, you laid them out on the altar, turned around and looked at the wolf and said, Here, have at ‘em.’”

On Monday’s episode, Dr. Phil tells Cindi what he believes she needs to do to move forward and take back her power. Check here to see where you can watch.

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Young Woman Confronts Mother: ‘There’s Quite A Few Things I Would Like Her To Apologize For’

Why A Teenager Claims She’s Afraid Of Her Stepfather

Samantha says she’s “very afraid” of her stepfather, Iain. “He gets angry at the littlest things,” says the 15-year-old. She claims her mother, Sandi’s, husband is verbally and emotionally abusive towards her.

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Iain claims Samantha is to blame for problems in his marriage to Sandi and says he wants her out of the house after the current school year is over.

Samantha doesn’t disagree. “I would definitely want a change in house – I do not like the conflict in the house at all,” says the ninth-grader. “I do feel like there’s a lot of pressure on me in the house and it’s just hard for me to grow up in an environment like that.”

Samantha says she’s in the gifted program at school, has already won a scholarship for math, and has never been in trouble at school or with the law. However, she claims her stepfather says she’s “lazy”, “manipulative”,“fat” – and a “liar.”

“I make mistakes just like anybody else, and I understand that, but I sometimes feel like those labels are very harsh on me when I try to do my best around the house,” says Samantha, who admits she doesn’t feel like she’s wanted or has support at home.

What does Samantha tell Dr. Phil about how she feels about her situation at home? Tune in to Friday’s episode.

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Why Dr. Phil Tells A Teenager’s Stepdad He Is A ‘Loud-Mouthed Bully’ Who Is ‘Eroding Her Self-Esteem’

Why Darren Kavinoky Says He Is Running Across America

Darren Kavinoky says he wants to help people empower themselves to make better choices.

“You know I think everybody goes through life being one of two things, either an example of what’s possible – or a warning of what’s possible,” says Kavinoky on Friday’s Dr. Phil.

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The attorney, legal analyst, and host of Investigation Discovery’s Deadly Sins says he struggled with weight and addiction issues before finding his success. Today he says he eats healthy, works out, and participates in triathlons. He’ll embark on a journey to run nearly 3,000 miles from Los Angeles to New York City to bring awareness to wellness-related causes.

“I feel blessed ‘cause I’ve been on both sides of that equation. And to be able to run across America and, and carry this empowering message that people can change and, and I believe change does happen in a moment.”

Kavinoky says he’s dedicating the run to his good friend (and friend of Dr. Phil) Entertainment Tonight Senior Producer, Bonnie Tiegel, whom he credits with giving him his start in television. Ms. Tiegel passed away in January following a battle with cancer.

Darren Kavinoky’s Run Across America From L.A. to New York starts at the Santa Monica pier. You can track his progress here

Why Dr. Phil Tells A Teenager’s Stepdad He Is A ‘Loud-Mouthed Bully’ Who Is ‘Eroding Her Self-Esteem’

Sandi claims her husband, Iain, showers her daughter, Samantha, with negative attention. She claims Iain is verbally and emotionally abusive towards the 15-year-old and has called her “lazy”, “manipulative,” “worthless,” and more. She’s been married to Iain since Samantha was 3 and says she’s “fed up.”

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Samantha, an honor student in the gifted program who says she’s never been in trouble outside of home, claims she’s afraid of her stepfather She says she tries to do her best around the house, but says Iain’s “labels” and “name-calling” make her feel unwanted.

Iain claims Samantha is “controlling and narcissistic,” and “lies about everything.” He says he blames her for problems in his marriage to Sandi and wants the teenager out of the house at the end of the school term.

“I think you’re a loud-mouthed bully,” says Dr. Phil to Iain on Friday’s episode. “And when you affect a child the way you’re affecting her, you can’t tell me you’re not smart enough to know that you are eroding her self-esteem, and you are eroding her self-worth.”

He continues, “But you don’t just rage at her – you’ve got a rage problem – do you not?”

“I’ve got a short temper, yes. I do,” admits Iain.

Does Iain say he is willing to accept help for these issues? And what does that mean for the future of his marriage?

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