Mark J. Pyle, DO

Dr. Pyle is a dad of eight-year-old, three-year-old, and one-year-old daughters and a pediatrician in private practice at Banner Health Center Verrado in Buckeye, Arizona.

What was the biggest challenge you faced as a dad, and how did you overcome it? My biggest challenge as a dad has been learning to appreciate my kids’ individual talents and gifts and to try not to push them toward a specific hobby, sport, or instrument.

What’s the one bit of advice about fatherhood you wish someone had given you much earlier? Start saving for their college, braces, marriage, etc. as soon as possible!

What’s the one thing about being a new dad that shouldn’t be missed? Make sure to record each of your kids’ “sayings” in a journal. What I mean by that is those phrases that your kids use that are incorrect from a linguistic standpoint but so cute, such as, “Daddy, I want to hold you,” when what they really mean is, “Daddy, hold me.” Other favorites of mine are when my daughters say “Scwumshus!” when referring to a tasty food, and “Whoa! Daddy, I dizzy!” after spinning around in circles. Now that my middle daughter is two years old and saying tons of cute things, I have to write them down to keep from getting her sayings mixed up with what my seven-year-old said when she was younger.

Dr. Pyle’s Q&As

How do we keep our older child from getting jealous of the new baby?

How do you recommend potty training a toddler?

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