Sean's mom, Sherry, recognizes the problem. "Enough is never enough for Sean," she says. "He thinks kids should be able to do what they want to do, when they want to do it."
But Sean doesn't think he's spoiled. "My life is just like every other kid," he says. He likes his parents to buy him things, but doesn't like helping around the house. "I only do chores if I'm getting a present," he explains.
Sean asks Dr. Phil and Robin, "You would want me for a son, wouldn't you? Do you think I'm really that much of a spoiled brat?"
After Sean admits that he pouts and complains when he doesn't get his way, threatens to pack his bags and leave if his parents aren't nice to him, and thinks he should be able to do what he wants to do when he wants to do it, Dr. Phil asks Robin if she thinks he is spoiled.
Sean stands firm, "I still don't think I am." He explains, "I might get more of some things, but I don't get more of other things that I'd want. They buy me smaller things, and I'd like bigger things."
"But you don't have any problem accepting those small things."
Sean's sister Jackie says that she thinks he is spoiled and over the top with his wants.
"I feel like I should have to work for what I get, but they figure that I should work a lot more than I think I should," Sean tells Dr. Phil.
Dr. Phil asks Jackie and Sean's dad, Jeff, for
Dr. Phil acknowledges that Sean is intelligent, does well in school, and expresses himself well. He then asks the audience to raise their hand if they think Sean is spoiled, and most of them raise their hands.
Dr. Phil explains to Sherry and Jeff that they're doing Sean a disservice. "If you have a certain standard at home and then he goes out into the world and there's a different standard, he's going to have a lot of trouble." He then asks them, "Aren't you guys teaching him rules that are going to put him in conflict with the world once he gets out there?"
Sherry responds saying, "We try, and then he packs his bags."
"That is absolutely, unequivocally disrespectful," Dr. Phil tells
Dr. Phil continues, explaining that Sean needs to understand that his parents work hard and sacrifice to provide him with things, and those things are privileges. "If you don't teach him that work ethic and that value system, you are setting him up for failure in the world."