W. David Lohr, MD

Dr. Lohr is a dad of 21-, 20-, 17-, and 14-year-old children and an assistant professor of child psychiatry and co-clinical director of the University of Louisville Autism Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Louisville, in Kentucky.

What was the biggest challenge you faced while your wife was pregnant and/or as a dad, and how did you overcome it? Balancing career and family.

What’s the most surprising lesson that being a dad has taught you? How much I can learn from my children. When they display patience, humor, hard work and maturity, it inspires me to do my best as well.

What’s the one bit of advice about fatherhood you wish someone had given you much earlier? Take more time off, especially when they are younger to take them places like museums and the zoo. Those interests pass so quickly.

What’s the one thing about being a new dad that shouldn’t be missed? I’ve thoroughly enjoyed coaching my kids in their sports, but in general it would be sharing and fostering their interests.

Why are fathers important? They are crucial for emotional strength and academic performance. We offer children a different type of love than their mothers. Mother’s love is always unconditional in all shapes and form. A father’s love is still unconditional, but there are implied expectations.

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