Category Archives: Larry’s Q&A

Question: My 13 year old son seems to be getting into a lot of fights lately. What should I do?

Answer: Of course, it all depends on a lot of things. If your son is defending himself that is understandable. A lot of people say a child should go to an adult and fix the problem that way. I actually believe a child should learn how to handle certain situation by themselves. It is a […] Read the Rest…

How do I stop my 14 year old son from hanging-out with the wrong crowd? Concerned Mom in Minnesota

That is a great question and there are many answers. Since you are writing us, we have to assume he is getting in some kind of trouble. If you haven’t already looked at “Identifying at-risk teens” on our website, we recommend you do that first. (Click Here) Since your son is fourteen and in school […] Read the Rest…

Question: I caught my son (12) lighting paper on fire in his room. What should I do?

Answer: Lighting a fire can be a very serious problem.  I deal with kids every day and barring any serious psychological issues, a good idea would be to take your son to the local fire house and have the Fire Chief speak with him. Explain to the Fire Chief exactly what happened. The Fire Chief […] Read the Rest…

What is Spice or K2?

K2 or another name for it is “Spice” is a chemical compound that mimics marijuana. It can be bought in gas stations, convenience stores and places that sell incense. It clearly says on the package “not for human consumption” but the retailers are greedy and they want the money. They market it to young and […] Read the Rest…

Larry Lawton – Reality Check Program’s Top 5 Q&A

Reality Check Program’s Top 5 Q&A by Larry Lawton 1. Question: Larry, is your Reality Check Program a scared straight program? The short answer is NO. Let me explain what the Reality Check Program is. It is REALITY coming from a man who was in prison for 11 straight years. I take the good parts […] Read the Rest…

Question: Beyond Scared Straight is a hit TV show on A&E, what is the difference between the Reality Check Program and Scared Straight?

February 13, 2018 Answer: We get asked this question a lot, so we will well explain the difference in detail. Beyond Scared Straight was a concept that was used in the 70’s and originated in Rahway State Prison in New Jersey.  The concept was to show teenagers what prison was really like in a hard, […] Read the Rest…

Larry Lawton answers – How can I get help for my teenage son? I am so frustrated.

Larry Lawton Answers: I get hundreds of emails asking for help. Please don’t take the Reality Check Program video lightly. It is a tool that works. It helps the whole family. It is truly the first step. Having a dialogue with your loved one is so important and the video will open a dialogue. The […] Read the Rest…

Prison Issues Discussed, Institutionalization, Part 4

Question continued: My 19 year old son was sentenced to one year in jail on a drug charge. I hear so many horrible stories. I am scared for him. Can you please give me advice on what I can do? Answer: Please click here if you want to read the first three parts of the […] Read the Rest…

Prison Issues Discussed, Part 3

Question continued: My 19 year old son was sentenced to one year in jail on a drug charge. I hear so many horrible stories. I am scared for him. Can you please give me advice on what I can do? Answer: Please Click Here to read part 2 of the answer.  I will discuss enabling your son […] Read the Rest…

My thirteen year old son makes me want to pull my hair out. He doesn’t listen, curses me out, steals. PLEASE HELP ME!

Answer:  Sadly, I get this statement and question everyday. I look at cases like this and look for the positives. Yes, there are positives. I look for the signs that show me the level of help needed for each individual. Here is an example. If a teenager is sneaking out, hiding his marijuana paraphernalia and […] Read the Rest…