Phillip Calvin 'Phil' McGraw Shares A Powerful Message On What Does It Really Mean To Be A Parent

Date April 6, 2018

Parents want their children to be happy, safe, and healthy. They also want them to feel good about themselves and grow up into successful people.


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Nevertheless, parenting isn’t always easy. Dr. Phil is here to share some powerful message on what is it really mean to be a parent.

On his Instagram account, he addressed this question.

You’ve got to ask yourself, ‘what does it mean to be a parent?’ It means you are a fiduciary, it means you’ve got to put some other human being, your child’s interest above your own. You have to make sacrifices. You can’t say ‘hey, working three jobs is not for me.’ It’s for you if it’s in the best interest of your child. You have to say, ‘I made a choice to have a child, that means I make a choice to make sacrifices’.  I make a choice to do the things necessary for that child to flourish, to be safe, to know that they can predict their future with 100% accuracy when it comes to you being there as a base of operation. Put that child’s interests first, and it means sacrifices? Of course it does.

Dr. Phil also thinks that parenting is both a noun and a verb.

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As soon as you give birth you are a parent, but until you start making decisions and giving direction and preparing that child for the next level in life, you are not parenting.

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Phillip Calvin McGraw, famously known as Dr. Phil, was born in Vinita, Oklahoma in 1950. He is a psychologist, author, and a TV host of his own television show Dr. Phil, which premiered in 2002.


Dr. Phil gained popularity after appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the late 1990s. In 2015, he was named by Forbes as the 15th highest earning celebrity in the world.


McGraw has two children, sons Jay, born in 1979, and Jordan, born in 1986 with his wife, #1 New York Times best-selling author Robin McGraw, whom he married in 1976.



Dr. Phil also has two grandchildren, Avery and London, as his son Jay McGraw got married Erica Dahm, one of the famous Playboy Playmate triplets, in 2006.

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