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          Cranky Kids

          December 20, 2007

          Attention parents! Do you wish kids came with a manual? If you have a cranky, tantrum-throwing child, Dr. Phil, along with Dr. Frank Lawlis, author of Mending the Broken Bond, teach you how to stop the bad behavior and bring peace to your home.

          Tantrum-Throwing Tots

          Renee says her 3-year-old son, Grant, won’t behave unless his dad is around. Angie, says her son, Zachary, cries nonstop as he chases his sister around. His episodes last up to 30 minutes – or until he gets the toy he wants. And, Kristi says her 3-year-old, McKenna, throws up to eight tantrums every day.

          Learn better ways to communicate with your child.


          The Biggest Time-Out Mistake

          Shannon joins Dr. Phil via Web cam to get help with her 4-year-old son, Branson. He refuses to sit still during time-outs and hits, kicks, bites and calls his mother names.

          Three steps to gaining control of the situation.


          Emulating Daddy? 

          Tony and Suzette’s son, Malachai, has already been kicked out of three preschools, and he’s only 5 years old! He refuses to listen, throws toys and has even hit teachers. Why does Suzette say Malachai may be learning the behavior at home?

          What did a video camera in their home capture that disturbed these parents?


          Rebuilding the Bond

          Eve says she fights constantly with her 10-year-old daughter, Julia. She says Julia often tells her, “I hate you,” and, “I wish I had never been born.”

          Dr. Lawlis makes a house call.


          The Top Ways To Calm a Child

          Dr. Phil and Dr. Lawlis give these parents, and you, important advice on communicating with children.

          “They have to feel like they have some input.”

          Phil in the Blanks – The Podcast

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          Mending the Broken Bond
          by Dr. Frank Lawlis

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