Actor Taye Diggs recently sat down with website Sheknows.com to talk about parenthood and much more. Check out highlights from the interview now!
Changing dirty diapers.
“With my son Walker, I wanted to be there as much as possible and changing his diapers was just one of the ways I could accomplish that. If we dads think about it in that manner — spending as much time with our babies as possible — it’s about more than a stinky diaper.”
“Nighttime duty can be tricky. I’ll admit it. I can be a little vulnerable when I’m overtired. I tried to be there as much as possible, but my wife, Idina, took the lead until Walker was older. Because she breastfed and didn’t want to pump for night feedings, I couldn’t provide what she could at night. For some families, dads can take over at night, but for our situation, it worked best for Idina to run the middle of the night show. Much like many aspects of parenting, each family has to do what’s best for them.”
Highlights of parenthood.
“We dads all have our favorite parts, but for me — because my son is two now and getting older so quickly — I love those moments when he’s so tired that he can’t help but hold onto me. Whether it’s early in the morning or late at night, those are my moments. He holds me just like he did when he was a baby.”
On fear and helplessness.
“The part of fatherhood that I’m having the most difficult time with is the fear. I’ve never experienced this kind of love before. I didn’t now I was capable of caring so much for another human being. I just wasn’t prepared for the amount of love I’d feel… or the amount of fear. Sometimes, my mind goes crazy with the scary possibilities. So I just talk myself out of that moment and focus on the present. Being a dad as taught me how helpless I can feel. And while that’s hard sometimes, it’s worth every single minute of worry.”
Taye and wife Idina Menzel have one child together, Walker.
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