"We've been looking for a city that we thought could become an absolute inspiration to America," an energized Dr. Phil tells the thousands of excited and captivated Elgin residents who join him for a town hall meeting.
Dr. Phil explains that he chose to work with the people of Elgin because they are willing to get real with their problems and do the work it takes to make changes. Also, Elgin has problems and challenges that many of the big cities in America are facing. "It's about schools, it's about community, it's about putting family back in America," he says.
Dr. Phil's plan for Elgin and the rest of America includes teaching parents how to reconnect with children, and for families to reconnect with each other. He will bring to light problems like teen pregnancy, drug use, unmotivated children, and bullies in schools. These are issues that every town in America faces, and he wants all of America to admit to and face their problems in order to create change. "America watches what we do here and they say, 'I want to Elginize my town,'" Dr. Phil says.Dr. Phil points out the importance of changing their lives now, before more damage is done. "You may well be doing things in your
Dr. Phil also emphasizes that parents are raising adults, not children, and kids are now becoming all they will ever be. "If
"It's time to put your community on project status. Leaders have to lead, parents have to lead. You may not be the only influence in your children's lives, so you must be the best influence in your children's lives," Dr. Phil tells them. "I come here with my passion and I pledge to you that I will bring every fiber of my body and being, every resource at my disposal to make your town, your family, your life, even better."
Dr. Phil informs her that kids at his age are really starting to form their personalities. "He's gotta know that's not OK," Dr. Phil says, and asks her what he really values.
"He loves his pooh bear," she replies.
"Then you've gotta take that pooh bear hostage," Dr. Phil tells her. "The pooh bear is an earned privilege and if you're ugly to momma bear, you don't play with the pooh bear."
"That's the problem, you haven't been sleeping enough at night," Dr. Phil jokes and then reminds her to have balance in her life. "One of the biggest mistakes I see couples making is when they start being mothers and fathers, they stop being friends and lovers," Dr. Phil says.