For Cathy and Gary, these are supposed to be their golden years. After working throughout their entire lives, they should be able to sit back, relax and enjoy each other’s company.
But they say that has all been wiped away, thanks to their 32-year-old “lazy, mooching” son Jeremy, who still lives at home with his parents.
“I want my son to move out and get a place of his own,” Gary says. “He just needs to have a life. We can’t have a full life because …”
“[Because] he’s here,” Cathy adds. “To have to support our 32-year-old son disgusts me.”
But Jeremy – who did not complete high school and, according to his parents, sleeps all day, rarely leaves the house and can’t find a full-time job – says his parents are to blame for his situation.
“I can’t move out of my parents’ home right now, because I’m not equipped to take care of myself,” Jeremy says. “I blame my mother for some of the choices she made that’s led my life to where it’s at.”
Jeremy says his parents have kicked him out “maybe a half a dozen times” over the years, but as his father explains, “We can kick him out, but he comes back.”
As it turns out, Jeremy says his parents should be happy to have him living in their house.
“I know at this age, I should be a little more independent, but my parents need me around because I’ve noticed they’re getting older,” he adds.
Watch the video above as Jeremy and his mother discuss their heated confrontations. Can Dr. Phil help get Jeremy, and his parents, on the right track? Watch more from Friday's episode here