Listen to Your Elder: Families Ask for Larry's
Help in Resolving a Dispute
Conflict often requires an objective third party to help find resolution – enter
Larry Elder! In today’s “Listen to Your Elder” show, Larry
helps families who are seeking advice on long-standing disputes. Find out more
about their stories and Larry’s final word below:
Is living your dreams through your children acceptable? Today’s
guest Mona doesn’t think so. She says that her friend Paula is an overzealous
stage mom and wants her to have more consideration for her kids’ wishes.
Paula admits to pushing her children to succeed but says that she has made
a lot of sacrifices to help them do so. She also maintains that performing
is what the children want; otherwise, she says they would refuse to do it.
Listen to Your Elder"– Larry’s Take: After consulting
with Minor Consideration, an advocacy organization for young performers, Larry
that Paula’s behavior was a form of psychological chlld abuse. From special
diets to skipping school to being the sole family breadwinners, Paula’s
children have an intense pressure on them that could deprive them of a normal
Julie says her husband won’t allow her to have the one thing
in the world that she desperately wants – breast implants. Since her
two pregnancies, her breast size has deflated from a “C” cup to
an “A” cup and Julie has lost her confidence and sex drive as a
result. Matt refuses to let Julie have the operation for financial and health
considerations, but Julie points out that he managed to find the funds to buy
a $5,000 4-wheeler. Video Clip: Larry gets to the bottom of why Matt really
doesn’t want Julie to get implants!
Listen To Your Elder" -- Larry’s Take: Larry felt that Julie
should have the right to get breast implants but that she should take the time
research the risks. He asked Matt to realize that Julie’s improved self-esteem
will have a positive effect on their relationship that outweighs the cost and
minimal health risks.
Milland has worked hard to move her family from the projects and create
a better life for her daughter Marissa. Unfortunately, Marissa is having a
difficult time accepting her mother’s decision because Milland refuses
to let her visit her friends, who still reside in their old neighborhood. Though
Milland would like to make Marissa happy, she says the danger inherent in spending
time in the projects is too great to subject Marissa to.
Listen To Your Elder” – Larry’s Take: Larry predicts that
in six to eight months, Marissa will have adjusted to her new surroundings
and made new friends. He also encouraged Marissa to understand and appreciate
that her mother is looking out for her best interests.
For more information on advocacy for child performers and Minor Consideration,
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