Dean McDermott on fatherhood
Actor Dean McDermott, of Tori and Dean fame, was in Toronto today to promote the 50th anniversary of Pampers, along with wife Tori Spelling and his two younger children, Liam and Stella.
No word on whether Pampers will be providing gratis newborn diapers when the family's newest addition arrives later this year! The couple announced in April that Spelling is expecting their third child (McDermott also has a son with his first wife, Mary Jo Eustace).
Timed to Father's Day, Pampers is launching an initiative called Little Miracle Missions, which solicits participants to offer acts of kindness to new dads so they can spend more time with their babies. You might pledge to mow your neighbour's lawn or drop off dinner, for instance.
I spoke to McDermott about his view on the modern dad. He said he believes the role of the father has changed dramatically since he first started changing diapers as the 12-year-old uncle to his older sisters' children.
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"It’s changed a lot. It’s great to see dads, you know, taking the kids to school and doing all the things that the mom traditionally does, changing diapers and being a stay-at-home dad. I think it’s great."
McDermott admits his schedule as an actor gave him a lot more flexibility than most fathers to be around his children when they were first born.
"I had time off between jobs," he says. "You know 9-to-5ers don’t get that chance because you know, they’re up at the crack of dawn, they’re out to work, they come home exhausted and tired and so to be able to have that time as a father is priceless."
Asked what he thought could be done to make for more supportive work environments for dads, McDermott pointed to better childcare.
"I think it’s a great idea to have daycare centres in a lot of these offices that people work in. I think it’s more effective because you know your child is somewhere safe and you can focus on the task at hand and get that done. And spend your lunchtime with your kids."
How does he plan to make sure each of his kids gets some of his individual attention once his fourth child arrives?
"You have to make time. You have to schedule it in," he says. "When you’re that busy you have to because spare time is just not going to drop out of the sky like, 'Oh hey, we’ve gotta a free day, let’s go do something.' Make sure you schedule time for your relationship and your children."
So what does McDermott hope to get for Father's Day?
"You know what? I know what I would love, an absolutely quiet day, maybe by the pool, just with the kids and Tori just hanging out and doing nothing. That would be a good Father’s Day."
As McDermott's interviews were wrapping up, Spelling, Liam and Stella arrived at the event...
...where she was almost instantly approached by fans seeking photos...
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