Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Dr. Phil show today -- Parenting Styles, from overparenting to Free-Range Kids

Just a quick blog post this morning to let you know that today Dr. Phil has a show about parenting styles hat I am very interested in because it speaks to my new anthology Courageous Parenting.

And, Mojo Mom blog reader Lori, whom I got to know through Free-Range Kids, is on the show! Lori made the news when her ten year old son was picked up by police while walking to soccer practice on his own. I hope she'll write in and tell us more about her experience with Dr. Phil.

Here's the show blurb. Unfortunately I won't be able to watch it live because I'll be headed to the airport for a trip to California...more on that shortly!

Tuesday - January 5, 2010 Dr. Phil Show

New Parenting Styles

Are you a parent who is over- or under-involved in your child's life? Dr. Phil talks with a self-proclaimed overprotective mother, a Free-Range mother and two experts to help you find a happy balance while raising your kids. First up, you won't believe what happened to Lori when she let her 10-year-old son walk to soccer practice by himself. Next, meet two moms with opposite parenting approaches: Kristen lets her kids walk to friends' houses on their own and make their own mistakes, while Beckie says she can't imagine letting her kids walk around the neighborhood or even to the school playground unattended. Find out what Dr. Phil has to say about these parenting styles. Then, Linda Murray, editor-in-chief of BabyCenter.com and Dr. Michele Borba, a parenting educator and author, weigh in with the pros and cons of different parenting styles. And, Dr. Phil checks in with Teresa, who became known as America's Most Over-Protective Mom. Find out if she and her daughter, Ashlee, who's now 18, are getting along better.

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Blogger Lori LeVar Pierce said...

I hope you get a chance to see the show - I think you'll really like it. We discussed different parenting styles, but also a little about how to keep your children safe - right up your alley.

The whole experience of working with Dr. Phil's staff and the trip to LA to film the show right before Christmas was really great! His staff is super and Dr. Phil is the same in person as he is on TV.

I was impressed with the other women on the show with me. We could have discussed these issues all day, if the show hadn't been just an hour.

The decisions we make about how to parent our children are challenging and personal. There are times when we are all helicopter parents and times when we are all free-range and that's the way it should be. A parent's primary job is to protect and teach and it's important to do both, even if the teaching part gets scary when they start putting it into practice.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Freda said...

Wonder if he talks to any fathers?! I realize I'm judging without having seen the show, but I can stomach analysis and/or criticism of parenting much better when it's addressed to both moms AND dads!

2:01 PM  
Blogger Lori LeVar Pierce said...


You make a good point. I think you find, if you watch the show, that though his guests are women, he is addressing his comments to "parents" and not "mothers". There was never any feeling that this is a woman's issue and he does speak from his own experience as a father.

3:43 PM  

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