Kids Ask Dr. Phil: After the Show

Kids Ask Dr. Phil: After the Show
Dr. Phil follows up with a young leukemia patient.
After the show, Dr. Phil answers questions from the audience. One woman references Rachel's complaints about her curfew. "I'm just wondering if you could set out some more guidelines for parents who are raising these kids today, and for those of us trying to help families with manipulative adolescents who want to be grown-ups," she says.

"First off, I think it just starts with common sense. Common sense is not nearly common enough anymore," Dr. Phil observes. "You just have to step back and say, 'OK, I've got a 16-year-old kid here wanting to stay out until 1:00 and go into bars.' If the common sense bells don't go off at that point, you need to sit down and make a list of what could possibly be wrong with this."

Parents should also create a formula for success for their children. "Number one is to get them to find their authentic self," he explains, which means introducing them to healthy and constructive activities. "Secondly, you have to socialize them so that they understand that you stop on red and go on green. This is an eat-what-you-kill world. Socialize them to have empathy and spiritual involvement."