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          How to Be a Better Parent

          May 05, 2009

          Have your children gone from little angels to kids gone wild? Are they whiney, tantrum-throwing, feet-stomping, door-slamming, spoiled and entitled? Well, good news, Mom and Dad! Dr. Phil is launching his parenting boot camp and teaching parents how to take back control and live in peace for the very first time.

          How Are They Now?

          Last season, Helen and her 9-year-old son, Ethan, left their madhouse and moved into The Dr. Phil House to participate in Dr. Phil’s Brat Camp. Helen was a frustrated mom who thought her son was either headed to Yale … or jail! How are they doing now? And, remember the child that slapped his mother across the face? 

          See their updates! 

          Where Is the Love?

          Tammie says her 11-year-old daughter, Davia, is stubborn, uncooperative and annoying, and she finds herself with no desire to even hug her. She says she is running out of patience and has even threatened to put Davia up for adoption. How can she rediscover their mother/daughter bond? 

          “I love her, but I don’t like her.”

          Spoiled Tantrum-Thrower

          Janice says her 11-year-old son, Austin, is a spoiled baby whose tantrums are so obnoxious, she’s ready to throw in the towel. Austin has multiple cell phones, lots of toys and always demands the most expensive entrée at restaurants.

          “I don’t have the strength or the willpower just to say no.” 

          Regretting Parenthood?

          Tiffiny and Ron have three daughters and say their house is always filled with fighting and chaos. They say living with their oldest, Rachel, 14, is like living with Hannibal Lecter, and Paige, 10, is always lying. They can’t agree on parenting and are counting the days until their youngest is an adult.  

          “I get to the point where I feel like, why even put the effort in?” 

          Out-of-Control Teen

          Laureen is a single mom who works the night shift and says her 16-year-old daughter, Shannon, has been in so much trouble, she worries she could end up in jail.

          “I have a lot of anxiety. I don’t sleep. I cry a lot.” 

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