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          Biggest Parenting Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making

          July 19, 2010

          Dr. Phil and special guest Dr. Jim Sears, pediatrician and co-host of the hit show, The Doctors, tackle five childhood behaviors that often leave parents frustrated, and reveal the dos and don’ts when dealing with them.

          Teaching a Lesson about Stealing?

          In the news, an Ohio mom caught her 6-year-old daughter shoplifting some stickers and reported it to the store manager. Then, she called the police, and her daughter went for a ride in the cruiser “to give her a little scare,” the mom said.

          Did this mom do the right thing? Dr. Phil says he thinks the discipline went too far because of the girl’s age. “What I think is she should’ve gone and apologized to that store manager, and she should’ve had a consequence, so she wouldn’t forget it.”

          The Boss of Mom

          Laurie and Jim’s 10-year-old daughter, Haley, snooped into her mom’s Facebook account, didn’t like what she read, and became hypervigilant about her mother’s behavior. She reads her text messages, disapproves of her clothing and gets upset if she’s late coming home. Little Haley says she doesn’t trust her mother and needs to track her every move. 

          Haley wants to know, is her mother’s behavior normal? 

          America’s Pickiest Eater

          Angela says her 9-year-old son will only eat a small list of food items and refuses to try anything new. She says family meals have become a battle, he often goes to bed without eating, and she worries about the effect his limited diet has on his health.  

          “I promise you, kids will eat the placemat when they get hungry enough.” 

          Outfit Obsessed

          Vicki says her 7-year-old daughter, Raelee, is very selective about what clothes she wears and the way she looks. She changes her clothes repeatedly and throws a temper tantrum every morning if her outfits don’t perfectly match and her shoes aren’t just right. 

          Is this a sign of something more serious? And where did it come from? 

          Terrified of Animals

          Susan says her 6-year-old daughter is scared of all animals and bugs. She refuses to walk from the car to the house if she sees any creature in the yard. Susan says the phobia has been going on for five years, and she worries her daughter is missing out on life because of her fears.

          Dr. Phil explains how her daughter’s fears can be gone in a matter of weeks. 

          Smooching Student

          Laura says her 6-year-old son came home from school singing the song, “I Kissed a Girl.” What started out as a few smooches on the playground has escalated, and she wants to know if it’s normal.  

          Is this just childhood curiosity?

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