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October 20th, 2009 by Dr. Phil

The Debate that Never Dies

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(l. to r.) Producer Anita Pepper, attorney Cindy Teele and Executive Producer Carla Pennington

In the eight years we’ve been doing Dr. Phil, we have done  three or four shows devoted to a topic that is in my view important and always controversial: stay-at-home moms vs. career moms. Wednesday’s show is about that very topic and is, I think, the best we have ever done on the important challenges both types of moms face. In fact, something took place that’s never happened before in the history of Dr. Phil. One of the more outspoken stay-at-home mothers said — and I paraphrase — that if a woman can’t stay at home with her kids, then maybe she just shouldn’t have them! We asked this woman on the show to share her views, and appreciated her willingness to take a stand, but then our staff did too. At a break, my executive producer, Carla Pennington, a mother of twins, told me that she felt compelled to share her own views as a dedicated, working, single mother who wanted to speak for those moms that are in situations that require them to work outside the home. (more…)

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September 20th, 2009 by Dr. Phil

The Motherhood Debate

mom1Wow, thanks to all of you who watched the show we did on the realities of motherhood. I have to say, I was so pleased at the huge feedback we got on our Dr. Phil Web site message boards, my Twitter page, as well as on my Facebook page about Maria, one of our guests on the show who gave up physical custody of her three daughters when she and her husband divorced.

Some of you were simply flabbergasted at what Maria did: “What a horrible message that gives to the children,” wrote a viewer named Annette. “I can’t IMAGINE not reading bedtime stories, kissing, hugging, and saying I love u to the moon and back, every single night,” added Alisa. “Nothing replaces a mother’s daily nurturing.” (more…)

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