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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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          Know a “Bad Bride”?

          Are you a bridesmaid under pressure to look “perfect?” Is the bride demanding that all her bridesmaids lose weight and get into shape before the big day?

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          Know Someone Refusing to Act Their Age?

          Is your son or daughter a moocher and refusing to grow up? Is your loved one having a midlife crisis or wearing inappropriate clothing?

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          At War with Mom?

          Do you feel she is your worst enemy? Can you not believe you are related to someone you dislike so much?

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          Is a Narcissist Ruining Your Life?

          Do you suspect your partner/ family member to be a narcissist? Do they behave in a way that leaves you confused, distressed and fearful?

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          Fighting Over A Family-Run Business?

          Are you part owner in a family business and feel like you don’t get your fair share of profits?

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