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          PLAYING ‘I Want A Mom That Actually Listens,’ Says 14-Year-Old

          ‘I Want A Mom That Actually Listens,’ Says 14-Year-Old


          February 12, 2019

          Destoni says when she gets mad, she only means to argue, but before she knows it, she’s hitting and punching things. She also says her anger, which she’s been displaying since she was 3 or 4, has caused her to chase her younger sister with a butcher knife, yell out rumors about teachers in the school hallways and threaten to shoot students at school.

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          While speaking with Dr. Phil, Destoni admits that she’s in deep pain caused by her father leaving the family and going to prison when she was 4 years old.

          Dr. Phil explains to the 14-year-old how the incident with her father has “burned” her psychological skin. “Now any little thing that touches your psychological skin hurts so bad that you react in a really bad way,” he says.

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          Destoni says that she thinks about her father every day. She claims that when she tries to talk to her mother, Melissa, about her feelings, Melissa is either too busy or refuses to listen to her, so Destoni says she keeps them bottled up inside.

          “I want a mom that actually listens, that understands,” the teen says.

          Hear Melissa’s response and Dr. Phil’s advice for the mom in the video above.

          This episode airs Tuesday. Check here to see where you can watch what happens when Destoni is offered help – and the drama that ensues backstage.

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