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A Dr. Phil Primetime Special: Family First

Basically, and correctly, he tells Kylie's Mom that permissiveness is insidious child abuse. She needs to figure out that she's doing it for herself, and not for Kylie. "You are not her friend, you are her mother." His prescription is to go home and take 99 percent (Mom lets out a little scream here) of her toys and indulgences and give them to "the poor children" or put them in storage, and then...sit back and watch her freak out and go nuts. Then step over her (Mom, hilariously: Would this be the point where I call you to come deal with the mess you've made?) and go into another room to "do something else," because she'll get over it. Mom's pretty sure that this would cause a psychotic break and that Kylie will end up on Dr. Phil one day. Instead of saying the truth, which is that all kids are crazy but Kylie's already super-crazy, which is what I would have done, Dr. Phil says randomly, "I'd rather Kylie talk to me than the judge." Sex, jail, drugs. That's like all Dr. Phil thinks about.

He tells Mom that she is doing Kylie no favors, and that actually Kylie is "picking up the tab for your insecurity." WORD. That's exactly how I would have said it. He wants Mom to shake it up and freak her out. Kylie's going to be all, "What's going on?" And Mom will say, "What's going on is we have a few toys here. And if you freak out about it, you'll have less." Dr. Phil doesn't want Mommy to rob her of the mastery or pride of getting over herself. Mom's leery because "it will be hard." But isn't she worth it? I wonder what the Mom will say. She lies and says yes.

Okay, but what about parents who take discipline too far? Unable to find one, instead we get Interview Lady: I'm so totally controlling. When I was four my dad told me, "Live like you've got a purpose." And that purpose was to clean things, I guess. He scared all my friends. The lines in the lawn or carpet had to be perfectly parallel. Any shopping I did for the family, I had to bring home a receipt, and I'd get grounded one day for every cent that was gone. One time I lost $5 and I was grounded for 9 weeks. I do everything around the house just the way that he made me do it, even today. I'm scared of passing this to my daughter -- who is a non-speaking infant, by the way, so I think we're putting the Self-Important Drama cart a tiny bit before the Thundering Consequences horse, if you will -- I just want her to be a real person, unlike myself. I don't want to make her a clone of myself, who is really just a clone of my father anyway.

Phil on set: How do you feel about being a clone of your dad? She was always scared of him. We know. Hey, how come we can't be talking to somebody who has an actual problem, instead of this woman who's like, "It's so terrible, y'all! In five years I am afraid I might do something bad! Nip me in the bud!" Anyway, it's interesting to see, it just seems a little...off-topic for this show, you know? This sounds like more of a Y.P. Dr. Phil calls this issue a "family legacy," which is original, and then he wraps up with the aphorism, "We Learn What We Live." Dr. Phil's like, you say it's coming and I believe you, because you grew up in the home you're scared of making for your child. Okay, so this segment isn't actually about discipline gone too far at all, which seemed kind of counter to Dr. Phil's whole deal anyway; it's instead a sneaky way of getting to his whole "family legacy" deal. They spend a lot of time on this one picture she brought with her, but honestly, the point is that it's a picture of her being sad as a child. They don't even really have much to say about it. "You look sad." "I was sad, I remember the day that was taken." I swear that's all there is to that. And then the lady starts crying. And then Dr. Phil "gives her permission" to not be her dad.

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A Dr. Phil Primetime Special: Family First

Basically, and correctly, he tells Kylie's Mom that permissiveness is insidious child abuse. She needs to figure out that she's doing it for herself, and not for Kylie. "You are not her friend, you are her mother." His prescription is to go home and take 99 percent (Mom lets out a little scream here) of her toys and indulgences and give them to "the poor children" or put them in storage, and then...sit back and watch her freak out and go nuts. Then step over her (Mom, hilariously: Would this be the point where I call you to come deal with the mess you've made?) and go into another room to "do something else," because she'll get over it. Mom's pretty sure that this would cause a psychotic break and that Kylie will end up on Dr. Phil one day. Instead of saying the truth, which is that all kids are crazy but Kylie's already super-crazy, which is what I would have done, Dr. Phil says randomly, "I'd rather Kylie talk to me than the judge." Sex, jail, drugs. That's like all Dr. Phil thinks about.

He tells Mom that she is doing Kylie no favors, and that actually Kylie is "picking up the tab for your insecurity." WORD. That's exactly how I would have said it. He wants Mom to shake it up and freak her out. Kylie's going to be all, "What's going on?" And Mom will say, "What's going on is we have a few toys here. And if you freak out about it, you'll have less." Dr. Phil doesn't want Mommy to rob her of the mastery or pride of getting over herself. Mom's leery because "it will be hard." But isn't she worth it? I wonder what the Mom will say. She lies and says yes.

Okay, but what about parents who take discipline too far? Unable to find one, instead we get Interview Lady: I'm so totally controlling. When I was four my dad told me, "Live like you've got a purpose." And that purpose was to clean things, I guess. He scared all my friends. The lines in the lawn or carpet had to be perfectly parallel. Any shopping I did for the family, I had to bring home a receipt, and I'd get grounded one day for every cent that was gone. One time I lost $5 and I was grounded for 9 weeks. I do everything around the house just the way that he made me do it, even today. I'm scared of passing this to my daughter -- who is a non-speaking infant, by the way, so I think we're putting the Self-Important Drama cart a tiny bit before the Thundering Consequences horse, if you will -- I just want her to be a real person, unlike myself. I don't want to make her a clone of myself, who is really just a clone of my father anyway.

Phil on set: How do you feel about being a clone of your dad? She was always scared of him. We know. Hey, how come we can't be talking to somebody who has an actual problem, instead of this woman who's like, "It's so terrible, y'all! In five years I am afraid I might do something bad! Nip me in the bud!" Anyway, it's interesting to see, it just seems a little...off-topic for this show, you know? This sounds like more of a Y.P. Dr. Phil calls this issue a "family legacy," which is original, and then he wraps up with the aphorism, "We Learn What We Live." Dr. Phil's like, you say it's coming and I believe you, because you grew up in the home you're scared of making for your child. Okay, so this segment isn't actually about discipline gone too far at all, which seemed kind of counter to Dr. Phil's whole deal anyway; it's instead a sneaky way of getting to his whole "family legacy" deal. They spend a lot of time on this one picture she brought with her, but honestly, the point is that it's a picture of her being sad as a child. They don't even really have much to say about it. "You look sad." "I was sad, I remember the day that was taken." I swear that's all there is to that. And then the lady starts crying. And then Dr. Phil "gives her permission" to not be her dad.

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