Michael Berry, MD

Dr. Berry is a dad of four children and a board-certified dermatologist with City Central Dermatology in Elmhurst, New York.

What was the biggest challenge you faced while your wife was pregnant, and how did you overcome it? As a father of four, pregnancies were a challenge for both of us. I used to play a game with her every morning called “guess which mood I’m in.” A lot of times I would pick wrong — and in that game you lose points for guessing.

What’s the most surprising lesson that being a dad has taught you? I found myself using clichés that I never thought I would (or at least thinking them). Sometimes when I am talking, I pause because I realize that I sound like my parents. It turns out they weren’t so crazy after all. Go figure.

What’s the one bit of advice about fatherhood you wish someone had given you much earlier? Don’t take all the little things to seriously. Don’t think about percentiles too much. It’s a bumpy ride until you reach cruising altitude.

What’s the one thing about being a new dad that shouldn’t be missed? Set aside two focused minutes a day for one-on-one time with each child with no distractions. When I do not do this, the complexion of the day changes.

What’s the most overrated thing about fatherhood? When children start walking, it’s not necessarily a good thing. More access to danger zones!

What’s the most underrated thing about fatherhood? You go into parenting with a plan about teaching, educating, and raising children. The last thing you expect is to learn life lessons from your own children! Children are not as cerebral as adults. It is sometimes refreshing to hear the unfiltered, honest critiques and feedback that children give.

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