School Time – Attitude Change in 14 Year Old – Be Proactive

QUESTION: Back to school, here we go. I already see a difference in my 14-year-old sons’ attitude, what should I do?  Mary – Tallahassee, FL

ANSWER: Well Mary, you should be concerned when you see an attitude change in your son. Good catch. Teenagers have a lot of different emotions and getting to the bottom of WHY your sons’ attitude has changed is the key. Is he being bullied, in a gang, using drugs, in tough classes, have an ineffective teacher, is he jealous of others, or is it something at home? As you can see, there are a number of things that can be wrong. The key is to COMMUNICATE in the right way.

When I do my private programs I usually find that most families don’t communicate well. Take time every day to sit down and speak with your son. Have dinner together and when you can’t, (That is the norm in today’s world because of work, schedules, after school activities, etc.) make sure you Read More »

Dealing with mass shootings and violence – By: Larry Lawton

Larry Lawton tries to make sense of mass shootings and violence.

How can we deal with mass shootings and violence?

The short answer is you can’t. To comprehend something you have to understand it. There is no understanding mass shootings and random violence. The real question is; how do we deal with it?

The political debate on gun control and mental illness is for politicians. I have my opinions, but this isn’t the time or place for it. I am going to concentrate on trying to help people understand and get through a tough situation.

As a young person and prisoner, I experienced and saw things no human being should ever have to see. I thought I would never get over some things, but we do. As human beings, we are Read More »

My Son Was Arrested For Possession of Under 20 Grams of Marijuana – By: Larry Lawton

Question:   My 21-year-old son was arrested on a possession charge – under 20 grams of marijuana.  He hasn’t been in trouble in over a year.  He was on probation for possession of a gun and had a few minor traffic charges.  What can I expect the court to do?

Answer:  First off, he needs to grow up. Since you said he WAS on probation, I have to assume he is not on any kind of supervision at all.  When I get a question like this, I wonder what it will take for your son to, “get it”.  It’s time for your son to grow up.  Minor charges such as traffic infractions are a sign that your son still needs to grow up. He thinks he is invincible and that is scary.  The gun charge is a whole different story and worries me the most. Read More »

My son is failing in school, what should I do? By: Larry Lawton

Larry Lawton, Founder, and President of the Reality Check Program answers a parents question on failing grades. 

Question: My 13-year-old son is in the 8th grade and about to fail school? He seems like he doesn’t care.

Answer: For starters, we are big advocates of education and ask you to remember that education doesn’t just mean traditional school education. Life is an education. We are all learning every day. When you stop learning you’re probably dead.

Our schools sometimes Read More »

My 16-year-old son smokes pot and thinks it’s okay – Is it?

Question: My 16-year-old son smokes marijuana and says it is harmless, everyone does it and it’s legal in many states. How do I get him to stop smoking pot?

Answer: First off, everyone doesn’t do it. It is against the law in 42 out of 50 states to smoke marijuana and it is your responsibility as a parent to keep your child from breaking the law. What I am about to address goes for alcohol as well as marijuana. It frustrates me when I hear a parent say, “I let my teenage son drink when I am around, it’s better that way, at least I know where they are” If that is your standard, we need to have a different conversation.

Back to marijuana, I personally believe marijuana for Read More »