Cameras placed in their home portray a volatile environment. In one instance, Colleen screams at Mikey: "What, do you think because you're bigger than me that I can't touch you? You're lucky I don't touch you! Maybe I should bring your father back in here and let him go off on you. How's that?!"
The home footage reveals Mikey pushing Colleen, as well as many fights between the boys " Mikey, Brian and Devven.
The kids offer their point of view. Mikey says, "My mom's always slapping me or always hitting me for no reason."
Colleen's oldest daughter, Rebecca, 23, says her mom is "almost" going through a mid-life crisis. "She's out there partying, or she'll go out at 8:00 at night. When you ask where she was, she won't tell you," says Rebecca.
"I didn't realize how bad it's escalated. Even me. I have no way to control it, so I snap and I lose it," admits Colleen.
"That's what we live through every day," says Rebecca.
Dr. Phil turns to her brother: "Mikey, are you surprised when you watch that, how volatile it is?"
"No. I'm not surprised at all. The only thing I'm surprised at is that it seems kind of light compared to what we do. It gets a lot worse," says Mikey.
"Way worse," adds Devven, 10.
"Um, we hit each other ..." Devven begins to cry, and Dr. Phil moves to sit near him.
"It's OK. You're doing a good job," Dr. Phil comforts Devven.
"Does it scare you?"
"It scares me a lot," says Devven.
"Why does it scare you? What do you think is going to happen?" Dr. Phil asks.
"If we keep on doing this, we'll never get along in the future, and so we can't protect each other. And it's not going to help us later on if we need each other," he replies.
"If you could tell a story about your family, and you could write the story any way you'd like it to be, how would you write it?" Dr. Phil asks.
"I'd make us all get along, and that's one of my dreams for us, to just stop fighting and just get along," says Devven.
"I kind of feel bad for her because as soon as she comes home and opens the door and says hi, she gets a million people in her face telling her what happened at home," he replies.
"Do you love her?"
"Yes, I love her very much," says Devven.
Dr. Phil asks about his other two siblings, and Devven says he loves them too. "So you just want everybody to get along?" Dr. Phil asks. "Are you willing to help with that if I can come up with a plan for you guys?"
"If you can come up with a plan," says Devven, nodding.
"I realize that, but I can't anymore," says Colleen. "They don't listen to me. I can't get in between them. If I do, I'll get clocked in the head if they're fist-fighting."
"You're the adult here, you're the parent here. You're saying you can't do it. You mean you don't know how to do it, you don't have the tools, but that doesn't lessen your responsibility whatsoever. And your yelling and screaming is absolutely unacceptable. Plus, it doesn't work," Dr. Phil tells her.
"I'm going to tell you what I think here. You guys have to start working on this together," he tells the kids. "I promise you the day will not come that any of y'all will be proud of the fact that you were able to gang up on and bully your mother."
He turns to Colleen: "The day will never come that you will be proud of the fact that you could outscream your children, and threaten them and go through this ridiculous behavior."
Dr. Phil explains that they do have the ability to communicate without screaming; the proof is that they don't yell in the workplace or with friends. When Rebecca says that it's sometimes necessary to speak loudly in a house of six, Dr. Phil doesn't buy it. "Listen, this is not a volume issue. This is a spirit issue, an aggressive issue, a viciousness issue," he says. "It is a matter of choice. But I believe one thing to be true. I believe that you cannot do this on your own." The family needs a plan " one that includes respect for themselves and each other.
"What I'm saying is you don't know how to do this at this point," says Dr. Phil. "I'm willing to get you someone to help. I'm
"I will do what you assign to do," agrees Colleen.
"Period," adds Dr. Phil.
"What do you guys think of this young man right here?" Dr. Phil asks. The audience applauds and cheers.
"It's often been said, 'Out of the mouths of babes ... ' The most important words said on this show today, certainly were not said by me," says Dr. Phil.