Vicki says she is desperate for help for her out-of-control 15-year-old daughter, Josie. She says her daughter has been kicked out of school, steals, drinks, uses drugs, has been caught sneaking boys into her bedroom and is facing battery and runaway charges.

Josie admits she doesn’t like being told no but says, “Every teenager makes mistakes.”

Dr. Phil has some tough questions for Vicki. Is this a case of a bad teen, bad parenting or something else? And, Dr. Phil talks to Josie about how her choices now could affect her future. Will she be inspired to make some positive changes?

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Spinning Out of Control

“My daughter, Josie, is completely out of control, basically running the house,” Vicki says. “She will do what she wants to do, no matter what we say as parents.”

“I hate it when my mom tells me no,” Josie says.

“When Josie doesn’t get her way, she blows up immediately,” Vicki says. “When Josie has a fit of anger, we’re always under attack. It’s all about her breaking, shoving, kicking things, throwing things.”

Josie admits she and her mom have gotten into physical fights that have ended with one or both of them “bleeding, crying or running away.”

“Josie’s behavior is so unpredictable, we never know what to expect,” Vicki says. She says she dreads going home from work because she never knows what is waiting for her. Vicki says one night, Josie attacked Vicki’s husband, Howard, and she had to call 911. “They came out and arrested her for hitting Howard.”

“I was in jail for nine days. I can’t believe my mom called the cops on me,” Josie says.
Vicki says her daughter is drinking alcohol and using marijuana and other drugs. “Her favorite thing to say is, ‘I’m a teenager, what do you expect?’” Vicki says. “I’m exhausted. I don’t know what to do anymore.”

Dr. Phil reviews some of Josie’s bad behavior, including sneaking boys into her bedroom, and the consequences she faced.

“You spent a lot of her life being her friend instead of her mother.”

What’s behind Josie’s destructive choices?

Tune in to see Dr. Phil’s offer of help to Vicki and Josie.

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