Tyler C. Cymet, DO

Dr. Cymet is an osteopathic physician and the father of a 3½-year-old daughter. He is a board-certified family physician and internal medicine specialist in private practice in Owings Mills, MD.

What was the biggest challenge you faced while your wife was pregnant, and how did you overcome it? I made the mistake of telling my wife what she should be feeling or could be feeling while pregnant. It’s not a mistake I would make again if given the opportunity.

What’s the most surprising lesson that being a dad has taught you? It really is incredibly exciting to learn that your daughter is going to be “Candle #7” in the chanukah play. And the meeting that you just couldn’t miss: Well, you can.

What’s the one bit of advice about fatherhood you wish someone had given you much earlier? It’s not just about the kid. Having a child raises a lot of very good questions about what is important in life and has helped me to grow in many ways.

What’s the one thing about being a new dad that shouldn’t be missed? One thing about being a new dad you shouldn’t miss is sharing your life with a person who comes into the relationship as a completely blank disc. Everything that goes into his or her memory in the first few years is up to you. And how it changes becomes up to the two of you.

When my daughtera was a toddler, whenever she cried, I would take her out of the house to sit on my car and watch the traffic go by while we went “zoom, zoom” at each passing car. Three years later, watching traffic has become one of her favorite things to do.

Dr. Cymet’s Q&As

I worry so much about my child’s heath. Is this normal?

My child bumped her head. Does she need an MRI?

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