This week one of the most important people in my life, my wife Lisa, will be joining me on the show. She is a major creative force and an integral part of “The Dr. Oz Show” family. In fact, she predicted long ago that I would one day have my own television show, and as much as I’d love to take the credit, Lisa is responsible for that prediction coming true.
The professional and creative collaborations we’ve shared over 25 years of marriage not only give us more time to spend together, but also help us remain connected despite two very demanding careers and four kids. It strengthens our family when we can look at what another is doing and find ways to join in. It’s one of the concepts Lisa explores in her new book Us: Transforming Ourselves and the Relationships that Matter Most.
What Lisa teaches us with this book is that “us” begins with “you.” On the show, we’re focusing on the relationship between parents and their children. I believe she’s drawn from her personal experiences and crafted a book that reveals the Oz-family formula for parents balancing their careers and all-important family time.
For example, there’s a good chance your kids are interested in something you could find interesting as well, but you’ll only figure that out if you slow down long enough to look at it. One of the best times to do so is when you’re together at the dinner table. All families should make better use of this sacred time. Even if the family can only get together once a week, it can become the event that everyone looks forward to and where everyone gets to express themselves;, hopefully it will become a beloved tradition your children impart as they grow older and begin families of their own.
It is fundamentally important that parents take action now, because many children are growing up in homes where both parents have full-time careers, a major change from the American norm just 50 years ago. As a result, we have to work harder than ever to establish a bond with them. What we can teach them now by example is how to manage a successful career without allowing it to cast your loved ones in its shadow.