How to Be a Better Parent: Updates

How Are They Now?

During an intense moment at Brat Camp, 12-year-old Noah slapped his mother, Wendy, across the face. A year after their work with Dr. Phil, Wendy says she and Noah are doing much better. She says Noah is now listening to her and is more respectful. Noah hasn't had one discipline notice in school this year. Good work Wendy and Noah!

 

Helen and her 9-year-old son, Ethan, also moved into The Dr. Phil House for help. They had trouble getting along, and Helen thought her son was either headed to Yale or jail because of his behavior. How are they now?

[AD]"I can't believe it's been a year since we've been there," Helen says. "We learned so much, A) by being on your show, and meeting with you and hearing what you had to say, but also, B) by watching the show when it aired. When we were with you, you said, ‘You guys just need to calm down,' and I can't tell you how many times I hear you in my head. It's much better. Ethan is just a different kid. He's still a little bit of a devil, but that's OK. I love him. Thank you so much."

"Hey, Dr. Phil, it's Ethan," says the now 10-year-old. "Things are great since I was on your show, and I'm doing well in school. I recently took fifth place in the school spelling bee. My grades are really high. I'm getting As and Bs. We're trying hard every day. Thank you!"

Ethan wanted to return to see Dr. Phil because he says the last time they met, the cat got his tongue and all he could do was shake his head and smile.

"So, how are you doing, buddy?" Dr. Phil asks Ethan.

"Good," he says.

"How's your mom doing?"

[AD]"She's doing really good," he says.

"Let's give her a report card here. Is she doing all right?"

"Yeah. She has a B+," Ethan says.

"So, why do you think things have gotten much better? And you do seem happier, and things are happier at home, so why do you think that is?" Dr. Phil asks.

"Well, because now she doesn't yell, and my temper isn't as bad," Ethan says.

Dr. Phil looks to Helen. "In addition, I just have to notice, you've lost 60 pounds?" he asks.

"Sixty-five," she says proudly. "I think everyone should see themselves on TV because, whoa. I went through a box of Kleenex watching the show, and I work with two amazing surgeons where I live, and we perform bariatric surgery. That's my job, I assist them, and I went ahead and had lap band surgery, and work hard, make good nutritional choices and get my butt in the gym five days a week."

[AD]Dr. Phil explains that another set of parents are about to go through what she and her son did. "What would you say to these parents who are heading into this process this year? What would you say to inspire them?" he asks.

"Better days are coming. It's going to be hard work, but it can only go up from here, and this is a great opportunity. It doesn't feel good to see and hear," she says. Helen recommends guests stay away from reading the show's message boards. "But you just have to remember what the bottom line is, which is we're so much happier, oh, my gosh. Ethan was very helpful because in watching him change and getting that joy back, that made my job easier to continue to work the process."