Todd and Sherry say their 8-year-old son’s behavior is “out of control.” They say he has stolen money, a credit card and shopped online, and his grandfather’s car and crashed it. They also say he has violent outbursts and his mother claims he has harmed animals.

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The exes also say they can’t agree on how to parent the boy. Sherry admits she’s had him on medication since he was 3 because she says she believes that’s the only thing that helps to control him. Todd, however, says he believes the medication makes his son’s behavior worse.

Dr. Frank Lawlis, Chairman of the Dr. Phil Advisory Board and co-founder of the Lawlis Peavey PNP Center, offers the parents some hope for helping their child.

“We need to do a brain map. We need to look at his issues at a deeper level and find out why he’s doing it. And at that point, we can begin to train the parents on how to control him,” says Dr. Lawlis, who agrees to do a workup on the boy.

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Dr. Phil also offers the parents the opportunity to work with a therapist to come up with a parenting plan so they can be on the same page when it comes to taking care of their son. “You’ve got to change your priorities here,” he says to Sherry and Todd. “You’re fiduciaries for this child. You need to put his interests above your own, and let’s give him a chance to turn this around.”

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