Robert S. Rosenberg, DO

Dr. Rosenberg is a dad of  four children. He is board-certified in sleep medicine, internal medicine, and pulmonary medicine. He is the medical director of the Sleep Disorders Centers of Prescott Valley and Flagstaff in Arizona. He also writes and speaks frequently on the topic of sleep medicine.

What was the biggest challenge you faced as a dad, and how did you overcome it? My biggest challenge as a dad was realizing I had to let my children follow their own dreams. As a professional, there was always a temptation to push my children to follow in my footsteps. However, I realized that they have their own talents and dreams. They need to follow their own life pathways. I learned to respect and encourage their choices. I think this is a hard, but an important lesson for all parents.

What’s the most surprising lesson that being a dad has taught you?  That it is much harder and more humbling than one might think at first. We have a great responsibility to help these little creatures develop into solid citizens imbued with character and compassion and discipline. That is a very difficult task, which can be taught only by example.

What’s the one thing about being a new dad that shouldn’t be missed? Don’t make the mistake of devoting too much time to your career at the expense of being with your children. You can never recapture the precious moments of experiencing your children as they develop.

Career, marriage, kids … how does a guy stay sane? It’s called priorities! If you get your priorities straight, it’s not that difficult. You need to realize that marriage and kids come first. Otherwise, you end up as another divorce statistic with little input into your children’s development.

Dr. Rosenberg’s Q&As

Our child is having trouble sleeping at night. What can we do?

My child snores and has hyperactivity problems: Are these issues related to one another?

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