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Neglecting Family for Facebook


"You said, ‘I just don't have anything in my life more important,'" Dr. Phil reminds Teresa. "You said, ‘Being with family just isn't a priority.'"
"That's how I feel like I'm treating them," she clarifies. "They are in my mind and my heart, but I'm not showing it."
"What do you think about what she just said?" Dr. Phil asks Jennifer.
"I feel like she doesn't care enough to make us a priority," she responds.
Dr. Phil points out the extremes Teresa has gone to so she doesn't have to share the PC with her family. "She unplugged the router, so you would think the Internet had gone down, and as soon as you went away, she plugged it back in and went back to tending her crops," he tells Jennifer.
"Part of the reason is because of her attitude when I do ask to get on the computer," Teresa begins.
"No, it's not," Dr. Phil interrupts. "You unplugged it because you have a ridiculous addiction to a ridiculous computer game that's interfering with your ability to be a mother. You needed a fix, and she wouldn't get off, so you had to create the opportunity."
Dr. Phil says that people don't break habits; they replace an unwanted behavior with a new behavior. "Close your accounts. Get out of Farmville," he instructs Teresa. "Reintroduce yourself to your family. Cook a meal. Go on a date. Go to a movie. Go jog. Go sit out in the backyard and watch the grass grow. Do something. Actually, maybe start a garden for real."
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