Three Questions Every Parent Should Ask Before Calling Police on Kids
Today on the show, Dr. Karen Binder-Brynes, a leading leading psychologist who works with a lot of adolescents and parents, gave her expert opinion on whether or not calling the cops on your own children is a smart decision — for both the child and the parent.
Dr. Binder-Brynes says often when teens are acting out (and they act out in all kinds of ways) there is something really wrong -- either in the family system or with them. In the case of Caryn, Dr. Binder-Brynes says the case is now public, unfortunately, because it went through the legal system when Caryn called the cops. Instead, the doctor told Anderson, she believes it really was a matter for professional intervention -- with a family counselor, a therapist, or with social services.
As mentioned on the show, Dr. Binder-Brynes says bringing in the police should be a last resort. "When a child is dangerous immediately to themselves or to others -- then you would call the police," says Binder-Brynes, "like you would in any domestic abuse situation."
For more information on Dr. Karen Binder-Brynes, visit her website DrKarenNYC.com.