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Ray and Deena say that three years ago, after Deena had an affair and they divorced, their 16-year-old daughter, Summer, went from a straight-A student to a violent and out-of-control teen. The parents say that Summer shoplifts, uses drugs, gets into physical fights with friends and family, dresses provocatively and lies about her age to date much older men. They also claim that she has run away from home at least 15 times -- including a month-long ordeal in Las Vegas, when they say Summer lived on the streets, abused drugs and panhandled for money. How does Summer explain her behavior? Hear why she says she had no choice but to run away to Vegas -- with a near-stranger. And, how do Ray and Deena respond? Has the contention between them compromised their ability to parent Summer? Dr. Phil weighs in and offers the fractured family advice for moving forward. Are the parents willing to come together to get Summer back on track? (OAD: 12-9-13)

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Replied By: tvphan on Oct 29, 2015, 4:52AM
I think Dr Phil was so hard on the parents because the child's bad behavior began at such a young age.
 
Replied By: juditv on Oct 28, 2015, 8:45AM - In reply to upsydasy
You did see this girl's rap sheet? She is one of legion. It is certainly not unusual now for girls of 13 to lose their virginity. She steals and brags about it. At 16 in medieval times they were old already. This is not a toddler. This is a calculating self-absorbed, inaffectionate person. her poor parents.
 
Replied By: juditv on Oct 28, 2015, 8:43AM - In reply to juditv
to add, if this girl or anyone broke the nose of a child of mine at a school where, in effect, I am a client who pays for them to look after MY offspring, I will get a dream team of lawyers and sue them to kingdom come. This biz where a bully like Summer sits there smugly and blames the whole world then smiles ONLY when she boasts about all the creepy guys who whistle at her, has to stop. She played Dr. Phil and her parents. basically she is a felon and don't bring her near mine. NO-ONE should pussyfoot this kind of bully any longer. She's a big girl and she can really hurt someone. SICK of it.
 
Replied By: juditv on Oct 28, 2015, 8:05AM - In reply to loyalalways
I get so very angry at this thing where mothers are to be blamed for everything in a world full of self entitled horrible teenagers. My G-d! That mother is shell shocked. Doesn't Dr. Phil know that these girls are groomed at school and their parents have no idea what they're on about at all. There's a lord of the flies mentality and then it's so very convenient to blame a hapless parent. Always shocked at this.
 
Replied By: goldenbeach on Aug 13, 2014, 1:22AM
If the mother scraped the muck off her face, the daughter might do the same.
 
Replied By: luvmyhuskies on Apr 26, 2014, 2:03PM - In reply to loyalalways
LoyalAlways, thank you.  I agree.  The parents, especially the mothers, are ALWAYS put on blast. There's been plenty of times that I've thought the parents were clueless, but there were just as many times I've thought can't a person just be an a****** because that's how he/she is and has nothing to do with whether the mother caused it all?  My parents raised 7 of us.  Six out of the seven have great lives as adults but one has been a career criminal and in/out of jail since he was 17, when he thought it'd be a great idea to break a teacher's nose because he was told to get off the desk.  He's in his early 50's now and we've lost count as to how many times he's been in county jail and the state pen.  But through all of this he has always taken 100% responsibility and not once has ever tried to blame our parents.  So come on now, Dr. Phil.  Maybe you don't always (or ever) think the parents have tried to handle things the best they knew how but please stop always placing the blame on the mothers of the world!
 
Replied By: upsydasy on Mar 29, 2014, 9:00AM

Nobody seems to be concerned with the fact that this 16 year old girl was used as a sex-slave and raped by a stranger while unconscious.  When a grown woman mails hundreds of thousands of dollars hidden in a cereal box destined to some catfish in Nigeria, everybody’s on her side.  But, when a pretty teenager goes off the rails, runs away to Los Vegas with some smooth-talking guy who promises her the world everybody holds her responsible for her actions.  C’mon!  Where’s your sense of fairness or compassion.  All I can see ahead is many years of therapy in store for this young woman just to try and make sense of it all and learn to forgive herself.  By all means exonerate the old bats who should have known better but ignored the signs despite numerous warnings from family and friends and punish the young who can’t see around corners yet and still have a thing or two to learn about danger.  Of course it’s never the parents’ fault according to these message boards.  Even though the father thinks that women should be disciplined and controlled and the mother, who appeared altered, could barely string a sentence together.  Luck of the draw?  My eye!  My God, she’s lucky to still be alive. 

 
Replied By: loyalalways on Mar 29, 2014, 3:52AM - In reply to loyalalways
I don't know what happened to my message, but ione paragraph didn't post as I wrote it. I read it over before I posted it to make sure it was correct and then I submitted it. Now I see that part of it is missing and it doesn't make any sense. I've rewritten that paragraph to want it is supposed to say:

People have to stop allowing troubled teens to keep blaming just their parents for all the bad choices they make. Teens need to be held accountable for their part in the problems, too. I've seen teens from terrible homes come out extremely well, and I've seen rotten kids come from good homes. It's the luck of the draw. I have a friend who was raised by his older sister because his parents were too drunk all the time to raise him. I have never heard this man swear, yell or put down even one person. He became a minister and now works on skid row in Toronto, Ontario. I also know another guy that I went to school with who had good parents and a loving home. He ended up on drugs and in trouble. He eventually died from a drug overdose. Teens KNOW the difference between right and wrong and should be held accountable for their mistakes, too.
 
Replied By: camille321mn on Mar 28, 2014, 10:32PM
I feel very bad for the parents. Sure, they've made mistakes but what parent hasn't. Dr. Phil is not being fair and objective imo. He made the faher feel uncomfortable and attacked Im Sure when he kept asking....what is more important to u than your daughter? He answered him but he kept asking, he didn't believe him that nothing else was more important ans he didn't believe the mothers reason for not getting custody, but he believes all the crap the daughter says....or..at least he pretends to until the very end. I don't understand. This is a total brat and nothing any parent did would make her happy.
 
Replied By: loyalalways on Mar 28, 2014, 7:21PM - In reply to momof3greatboy
I was beginning to wonder if I was the only person who noticed that. I love Dr. Phil. He does a lot of good. However, when it comes to these problem teens, he's too soft on them. The girl today was using all the excuses he's given many times on his show. I've  heard it many times from teens trying to make their parents look like monsters by using these excuses. Parents make mistakes. There's NO such thing as a perfect parent.

People have to stop allowing terrible homes come out extremely well, and I've seen rotten kids come from good homes. It's the luck of the draw. I have a friend who was raised by his older sister because his parents were too drunk all the time to raise him. I have never heard this man swear, yell or put down even one person. He became a minister and now works on skid row in Toronto, Ontario. I also know another boy I went to school with who had good parents and a loving home. He ended up on drugs and in trouble. He eventually died from a drug overdose. Teens KNOW the difference between right and wrong and should be accountable for their mistakes, too.
 
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