Category Archives: Larry’s Q&A

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 […] Read the Rest…

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 […] Read the Rest…

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 […] Read the Rest…

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 […] Read the Rest…

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 […] Read the Rest…

19 year old son is going away to college

Question:   My 19 year old son is going away to college.  Is there anything I can do to encourage him on the company he keeps and the choices he will be making? Answer:   This is a good question because when a loved one goes away he tends to either be a follower or a leader.  […] Read the Rest…

My son got caught shoplifting, what will happen to him?

Not having enough information on his specific case I can’t give a direct answer. Also, being I am not a lawyer, I can’t give legal advice. I can guide you in the right direction. The short answer; if your son is a first time offender and was charged with a misdemeanor he will probably get […] Read the Rest…

Misconduct After Moving

Question: My son is 14 and we just moved to Florida from New York. I see a difference in him. He talks back, doesn’t socialize with anyone, always has an attitude, and is generally disrespectful. He wasn’t like that when we lived in the big city. What do we do? Answer: A 14 year old […] Read the Rest…

Tips for Parents – Are You Setting Rules? – By: Larry Lawton

Set and Enforce Family Rules My teenage son thinks I’m so unfair because I try to set and enforce rules like a reasonable curfew or no going out on school nights. He always argues that none of his friends’ parents set rules. Am I being too strict? Teenagers have limits in school, business, clubs, politics […] Read the Rest…

We Were All Kids Once

Question: My son did something minor and the police are harassing him.  How can I make the police understand my son isn’t a bad kid?  How can I get them to stop?  We were all kids once. Answer: It really isn’t about making the police understand your son isn’t a bad kid.  We don’t believe […] Read the Rest…