Dr. Phil To Guest: ‘How Do You Hate Your Child?’

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04:23   |   Apr 24, 2019


Dr. Phil To Guest: ‘How Do You Hate Your Child?’
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  • It has been hard to hold a steady job
  • since my third child was born.
  • My two youngest kids have disabilities,
  • and my second to youngest child rides the special ed bus.
  • It's very important that I'm there for her bus.
  • I am a licensed nurses' assistant.
  • I went to go get certified, but I missed the window
  • to obtain my certification.
  • I had to stop working at the nursing home.
  • Currently, I'm in the process of
  • working towards my certification so I can go back to work.
  • Well, Jennifer signed over guardianship
  • of her 17-year-old daughter, Adrianna,
  • to her teacher, Whitney.
  • She says that she just didn't get along with Adrianna,
  • and by sending her away, they would get space
  • that they all need.
  • You've told her to just kill herself,
  • and when she did, you'd just get a beer and watch her die.
  • You've told her you hate her.
  • She makes your blood curdle.
  • Just, if you would, could you just make a list for me
  • of her positive characteristics?
  • She's very bright and articulate.
  • Okay.
  • So, she's bright, okay.
  • What else?
  • She's a social butterfly.
  • She's very outgoing.
  • Okay, so she's social, uh-huh.
  • She's just all around a happy person, like.
  • Pardon me?
  • She's just all around a happy person.
  • She's happy?
  • Yeah.
  • (audience chatters)
  • I mean, honestly, oh yeah.
  • I don't have any more.
  • She's bright, social, and happy.
  • I've just met her, and can make a longer list than that.
  • (audience applauds)
  • I think she's very compassionate.
  • I think she's very caring.
  • I think she's very committed.
  • You're not at home with her.
  • I think she's very reliable.
  • I mean, I could just go on and on.
  • I think she's very mature.
  • (audience applauds)
  • That she is.
  • I think she's very forgiving.
  • I think she has a very optimistic spirit.
  • I think she's very insightful and deep emotionally.
  • I could just go, we don't have enough time.
  • Dr. Phil, her integrity and drive are amazing.
  • (audience applauds)
  • Yeah.
  • Integrity, drive.
  • I mean, I've just known her like 30 minutes,
  • and can list 20 things.
  • You've known her 17 years, and you say she's bright,
  • social, and happy?
  • You don't much care for her, do you?
  • We just are not, we don't get along.
  • Tell me how the emotion of hate
  • comes into your consciousness with regard to your daughter.
  • How do you hate your child?
  • Well.
  • Hate is a big word.
  • It is.
  • Synonyms for hate would be to despise, to test,
  • unpleasant and unacceptable.
  • When she started going to middle school in sixth grade,
  • that's when her bad behavior started.
  • And she started hanging out with people that did drugs.
  • And when she stopped listening to me,
  • and she started bringing it into my house
  • with the other kids, I just started hating her.

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When asked to list positive traits about her teenage daughter, a mother gives three before saying, “I don’t have any more.”

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