Question: Beyond Scared Straight is a hit TV show on A&E, what is the difference between what you do and what they do?

March 20, 2015


We get asked this question a lot, so we 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, yelling and in your face way. The Scared Straight way has been proven to be ineffective and actually increase teens getting in trouble.  When a person yells at someone they put up a wall and close their minds.  Not a good way to teach something with lasting results.  What the Reality Check Program does is Read More »

My son is 12 and with spring break upon us, how do I keep him on track?


I am assuming you are talking about his grades and school work.  If that is the case, it is a year round project to teach your teenage son.  I expressed this in my parenting program all the time.

I suggest you do weekly projects with your son.  That will keep him in the here and now.   This week you might want to take him to the park and talk about a school project, upcoming test, or a social issue.  What you are doing by keeping it simple and weekly is showing him to be task orientated.

Our goal at the Reality Check Program is making sure he stays out of trouble so you CAN worry about his grades.  By doing the weekly meeting you will be on-top of your son in a lot of ways.  It is all about communications and as an adult we have to be the one who initiates communications.

Good luck and keep us posted on his grades.

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Question: What is a person thinking when they are released from prison? By: Larry Lawton

Answer: After appearing on FOX News Orlando Saturday and Sunday discussing this issues I thought I would give some insight into what goes on in a person’s mind right before they leave prison.

After being incarcerated for X amount of years a person getting out of prison feels anxiety, fear, lack of trust and a number of other issues like what will I do for a living, how will I eat, where will I live, relationship stress, etc.  The latter part of what I wrote can be addressed and usually is to a degree.

The hardest part is the fear, anxiety and lack of trust for authority. It takes time, help from loved ones, help from trusted non-family members and help from the system itself. Sadly, the system is part of the problem and my goal is to change the system to help prevent future victims, the ex-offenders and all taxpayers because ultimately we all pay the price for failing to help ex-offenders readjust to society.

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Larry Lawton

Founder and President of Lawton911 and the Reality Check Program DVD

The Bully – By: Larry Lawton

questionQuestion: I fear my son is becoming the bully, not the victim?

Answer: Bullying is not just associated with boys, yes, even girls bully. All kids go through a time when they feel defensive or inadequate which is usually associated with low self esteem. Most kids either act aggressive towards others or try to find someone they can feel superior towards. Hence; Bullying! First off, have them watch the Reality Check Program DVD. They will see where being a bully will get them.  In a a place they don’t want to go. Secondly, time spent with a son or daughter who is acting like a bully is priceless. Communication is the key. Find out what is really bothering your child. And lastly, it is all about LOVE. All people want to be loved. A hug and kind word goes a lot further then yelling and fighting.

Good Luck,

Larry Lawton

Larry Lawton

Larry Lawton, author of Gangster Redemption and founder of the Reality Check Program

Teenager caught with a weapon – By: Larry Lawton

Reality Check Program Question and AnswerQuestion: I am a stay at home Mom and went through my 15 year old son’s dresser drawer and found a knife. He said it was something everyone carried. I am very concerned. What do I do?

Answer: First I would like to applaud you for going through your sons dresser draw. A lot of parents think that is an invasion of their son or daughters privacy. NOT! You have the right and should go through cell phones, computers, and anything else you feel you need to go through to watch over your son or daughter.

Parents have to get it through their heads they are not their kid’s friend, they are their parent. There will be plenty of time for friendship when they are older. What I mean by “not” being your son or daughters friend, I mean you have to make the decisions that will help them through the tough teen years. When a child makes a Read More »