Like so many in our culture, Dr. Victor Benezra’s parents separated when he was very young. But, he said, “I was lucky to have my grandfather and uncle step up and teach me the importance of family values, a strong work ethic and setting goals. They had both emigrated to the U.S. from Cuba and were determined to make our lives more secure and comfortable.”

For him, becoming a father has brought fulfillment in more ways than he could ever have imagined. “My life feels complete when we are all together, enjoying a family dinner. I try not to sweat the small stuff and am grateful for every moment.”

In fact, his advice to other parents is “to relish every moment and learn to be present both mentally and physically. They grow up quickly!”

His son Robby is 17 and his daughters Rachel and Rebecca are ages 15 and 13.

The obvious pleasure he takes in his children, along with the appreciation he has for each of their unique qualities is uncontainable.

“I enjoy my children immensely,” he said. “They are loyal to and protective of each other. They are not perfect, but they are my pride and joy!

“I have to admit, throughout the years,” he shared, “I have worked an exorbitant number of hours in the office and the operating room. For almost 20 years, I have been dedicated to a profession I truly love. However, I have done my best to recognize the importance of family time. As such, we frequently take long weekends and family vacations. Our family time together is always memorable and special, making these moments truly last forever.”

Then he quipped, “And if they ever forget, I typically remind them with the 100,000 pictures and videos!”