Follow-Ups: Keith, Jen, Bill, Peter, Vicki, Stacia

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Dr. Phil follows up with some of his most memorable guests.

Joyce, whose son, Keith was picked on and made fun of so badly in school that he became an aggressive bully toward other kids, says that things are improving. Since the show, Keith started martial arts training and his behavior has changed. He is also doing great in high school. "Now Keith has a goal, to achieve his black belt," Joyce says. "When I look into Keith's future now, I see a much brighter picture. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Dr. Phil.

 


"I'm so proud of Keith for turning his life around particularly at such a young age," Dr. Phil says. "It may seem strange that what I recommended is that he get into martial arts, but martial arts is oftentimes a lot about discipline and it's about channeling aggression and having control," Dr. Phil acknowledges. "It just felt to me that this was the right thing to do for this young man, and I think it gave him a purpose and a higher standard to what he was doing. So we're just really proud of him."

Jen and Bill came on the show because they always fought about Jen's need to return everything " from clothes to appliances, and even her engagement ring. Jen realized that her problem stemmed from her childhood when her parents divorced, and everything she knew was suddenly taken from her. "When Dr. Phil told me that I have a hard time getting attached to items because of the divorce of my parents, it was like a lightbulb went off," she explains. "I came home from the show a completely different person." Dr. Phil made a deal with Jen that she could not take anything back for 30 days. She stuck to the agreement. "It was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do."


"I'm glad to see Jen decided not to return my advice," Dr. Phil jokes. He explains why people might continue doing something without even realizing it. "Sometimes we get into a pattern. We get into a habit that flows along and you have to break the momentum in some way, and we have to step back and go, 'Wow, I don't know why I was doing that.'"

When Peter and Vicki came on the show, they were fighting about Peter's love of sports. Vicki said Peter's obsession with playing and watching sports was taking a toll on their relationship.


"Dr. Phil, you really taught me a lesson. Every week since the show, I watch about one football game a week," says a changed Peter. He initially thought Dr. Phil would side with him, but he didn't. When Dr. Phil said, "What really matters: football or Vicki?" Peter got a wake-up call. "Vicki matters, and it took me going to the show to realize that," Peter admits.

Vicki has noticed the change in Peter. "After the show our relationship is fabulous. I couldn't ask for anything more. He's more in tune into my wants and my needs. He actually spent four hours at a bridal show with me," an excited Vicki explains. He even missed football games to be there with her. "That shows he's making a sacrifice for me now."

"For the first time ever, I missed the kickoff," Peter says. "Thanks Dr. Phil, for showing me that there's more to life than just sports."

When Stacia was on the show, she was fighting with her daughters who only wanted to wear their pajamas. They wore them everywhere " from the grocery store, to the park, and even church.


Stacia says things have really improved. "Emily hasn't worn her pajamas in public since the show. Sarah has maybe worn her pajamas

twice," she says. The one thing that had an impact on Stacia was when Dr. Phil told her that each child has a currency. "For my daughter Emily, she has a blanket. It's very important to her. I'll say, 'I need you to do this, otherwise I'm going to take blankie away,'" Stacia explains.


"Now I realize the importance of being firm and being consistent, and they understand Mommy means business," she says. "Before the show, I was basically kind of a doormat. After the show, I have been more consistent. Thank you Dr. Phil, for helping me get my girls out of their pajamas."