January 5, 2010 9:30:00 AM
Lori Pierce of Columbus will appear as a guest today on the "Dr. Phil" television show, which airs at 3 p.m. CST on the NBC affiliate, WTVA.
The show, taped earlier, explores parenting styles, discussing so-called "helicopter" and "free range" approaches. Helicopter parents prefer to minutely monitor everything their children do, while free range style parenting is based on the premise that children learn more by doing things on their own, Pierce said.
In March, Pierce garnered attention when a Columbus police officer picked up one of her children, who was walking to soccer practice, after police received several 911 calls made by people who had seen the boy, then 10 years old, walking the sidewalks alone. The story was picked up by international news outlets.
Pierce is the mother of three children, ages 6, 8 and 11. All attend Columbus schools.