Jeffrey McDaniel, MD

Dr. McDaniel is a dad of a nine-month-old son and  a family physician on staff at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center and at Methodist Family Health Center in Midlothian, Texas.

What was the biggest challenge you faced while your wife was pregnant, and how did you overcome it? The biggest challenge faced while my wife was pregnant was the prospect of an early delivery. We started experiencing complications with pregnancy early on, requiring my wife to be on bed rest and unable to work. She works as a neonatal ICU nurse, so it was especially difficult for the both of us. We really had to rely on each other for support, and I became an expert in house cleaning.

What’s the one bit of advice about fatherhood you wish someone had given you much earlier? Cherish every moment you can. People say it, but I didn’t believe it until I became a father. It still amazes me how fast they grow up right before your eyes. It seems like just yesterday my son was playing on his back, and now he is on the verge of walking. Cherish every little moment because they grow and change every day.

What’s the most surprising lesson that being a dad has taught you? Being a dad has taught me a lesson in patience and love. I never realized I could love my son so much, yet have so much frustration at the same time when trying to change his diaper or feed him a bottle while he has different plans.

Why are fathers important? Fathers are a vital component to the development of children. I believe they help bring balance and serve as a vital role model that helps to shape their lives and have a positive impact that allows them to become more successful in life.

Dr. McDaniel’s Q&As

With all the media reports about concussions, would you let your child play sports?

How do you get your baby to sleep?

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