‘I Think My Mom Is Just Using The Police To Discipline Me Because She Doesn’t Know What To Do’
Heather claims that her 14-year-old son, Jason, steals, is abusive toward her, refuses to go to school, runs away from home, and has made her life a “living hell” since he came to live with her five months ago. She admits she doesn’t give her son the time he needs.
“I think my mom is just using the police to discipline me because she doesn’t know what to do,” says Jason. The teenager says it hurts him when Heather ignores him or acts like she hates him. He also says that all he wants is more time with his mother, but she uses her work as an excuse not to spend time with him.
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On Tuesday’s Dr. Phil, Dr. Daniel Siegel, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine, and co-author of the parenting book, "The Power Of Showing Up," weighs in on the impact that adverse child experiences (ACE) can have on the development and futures of kids who experience them.
“The research on adverse child experiences show that - if there is not an intervention - there’s a very negative outcome in all sorts of ways,” he tells Heather. “But the good news is that if we can intervene when these things are happening, or right after they’ve happened – like in this situation – you can actually change the course of Jason’s life.”
Later, Jason is introduced to Joseph Lucero, a former Los Angeles gang member, who spent over a decade behind bars before turning his life around. When Joseph offers to mentor Jason, how does the teenager respond?
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