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          The Reality of Motherhood

          December 31, 2009

          From balancing work and family to changing diapers and attending soccer games, being a mom is a challenging job. Dr. Phil has advice for women who feel overwhelmed.

           

          Disciplined by Strangers?

          Should strangers be able to spank children who are acting up in public? Dr. Phil discusses two shocking headlines, and the audience weighs in.

           

          What would Robin do?

           


           

          Non-Custodial Mother

          Maria says she made the controversial decision to give up physical custody of her three children to their father to pursue a childhood dream of writing a book.

           

          “I’m accused of not being a good mother.”

           


           

          Audience Debate

          Melissa, a mother of five, has some strong words for Maria. Plus, meet two guests who applaud Maria’s choices.

            

          “Women who give up custody are just selfish, selfish, selfish!” 

           


           

          A Full-Time Job

          Erica has four kids under age 7 and says she’s overwhelmed. She says she has no time to herself, she’s tired of the tantrums, and some days she just wants to get in her car and drive off!

           

          Would Erica change places with Maria?

           


           

          Obsessed with Motherhood?

          Katie, 15, says she wants to have a child by the time she’s 20. She even dreams of having 10 to 12 kids one day! What’s behind the teen’s obsession?

           

          Will spending a day with Erica give Katie a wake-up call?

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          Toxic Relative?

          Do you have a relative who you are completely at odds with because of their toxic behavior? Desperate for Dr. Phil’s help?

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          I’m Living a Nightmare!

          Is your story so extreme that it’s unbelievable? Do you feel your problems have no end?

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          Explosive Family Drama?

          Does everyone in your family have strong personalities and refuse to back down?

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