Family First: Traditions

McGraw Family Traditions
Robin, Jay and Jordan share the McGraw family traditions.
"I think one of the most important things you can do for your family and your children is create a rhythm," says Dr. Phil. "And it starts with rituals and traditions and patterns and predictability."

Dr. Phil explains his favorite: "One of the rituals that I had with both of my boys was putting them to bed with a story. And it
always started, 'Once upon a time there was this little boy and his name was Jordan,' or 'his name was Jay.' They were always the hero; they were always the star. And that was the last feeling they had before they closed their eyes and went to sleep. At the end of every story I would say, 'How do you suppose out of all the little boys in the whole history of the world, I got the best one?'"

"It made something about going to bed fun. And that was a really fun tradition growing up," says Jay.
"I knew that what I did with them was a legacy that I was creating that maybe they'd carry into their life with their children," says Robin, who shares some of her favorite traditions. "At Christmastime and Thanksgiving, I have always made sure that the tree was up by Thanksgiving dinner," she says.

"My mom is really big into holidays," says Jordan. "Christmas is,
of course, a big deal. Halloween is huge. It's just cool to know that there's always something coming up."

"Every year on their birthday, I always buy birthday balloons, and I take a lipstick and write all over the bathroom mirror: 'Happy birthday,'" explains Robin. "I know they probably think it's kind
of silly, but it's important."

"My mom has always had the tradition to really go all out for our birthdays," says Jay.

"Whatever we want for our birthday dinner we pretty much, if it's possible, get it," explains Jordan.
Jay and Jordan share some of their favorite traditions:

"I love the fact that our family has traditions that are unique only to our family," shares Jay. "My parents have always been really good at taking a normal everyday activity, like eating tacos every Sunday night, and turning it into a tradition."

"Every year is a milestone to me," says Robin, "and I am so happy that they have the memories they have to look back on. I think my boys will always know: 'There are two people in this world who love me more than anything else and that's my parents.'""At my house, we always joke around and tease each other," says Dr. Phil. "I am the target of 90 percent of those jokes! But, they are always done in the right spirit."

For example, Dr. Phil shows the outtakes from the interview with Jay and Jordan, joking about their family traditions:

"Every year my mother buys two nutcrackers," says Jay.

"Yeah, my mom has a ton of nutcrackers, laughs Jordan.

"And she's been like dangling it over our heads for years that,
'One of these days, you boys are each going to get half of the nutcracker collection.' It's like 'Oh. Sweet,'" Jay says, sarcastically.

Jordan makes a triumphant gesture. "Dibs on the skier," jokes Jordan.

"Dibs on the Santa Claus," jokes Jay. "What a fantastic tradition.""At my house, we always joke around and tease each other," says Dr. Phil. "I am the target of 90 percent of those jokes! But, they are always done in the right spirit."

For example, Dr. Phil shows the outtakes from the interview with Jay and Jordan, joking about their family traditions:

"Every year my mother buys two nutcrackers," says Jay.

"Yeah, my mom has a ton of nutcrackers, laughs Jordan.

"And she's been like dangling it over our heads for years that,
'One of these days, you boys are each going to get half of the nutcracker collection.' It's like 'Oh. Sweet,'" Jay says, sarcastically.

Jordan makes a triumphant gesture. "Dibs on the skier," jokes Jordan.

"Dibs on the Santa Claus," jokes Jay. "What a fantastic tradition."