Peter Andre has opened up about the one thing he wishes he could change about his life as a parent – starting a family earlier in life.
Speaking to GoodtoKnow, the father of four explained that he had ‘no regrets’ about any aspect of the early years of any of his children – Junior, 12, and Princess, 10, from his previous relationship with Katie Price, and Amelia, three, and Theo, nine months, with now wife Emily.
‘I think everything you do as a parent is based on instinct and it’s natural,’ he said.
‘People say “oh I wish I’d never stressed so much with my first child, I wrapped them up in cotton wool because I was scared they were going to do this or that, and by the time I get to my third child I’m a lot more relaxed”.
‘But I think that’s meant to happen, it’s an instinct as a parent. You’re supposed to go through that. There’s no regrets at all.’
However, he went on to admit that if he could have done anything differently, he would have liked to have become a dad at a younger age.
‘The only thing maybe I would have possibly had children younger, because I’m 44 years old, and I keep saying to my wife, I don’t want to be 50 and changing nappies, you know what I mean?
‘I’ve got another five years to have another child and the child be old enough to not be in nappies, but that’s it. I’m not sure if we’ll have another – at the moment no thank you, but you never say no to the wife, because that could cause all sorts of problems. You just say maybe. Maybe is a good word.’
Despite his reservations about expanding his brood any further, Peter added that the feeling of meeting your child is always an emotion like no other.
‘I’ve always said that there are certain emotions in life that are unlocked at certain times – the one being the birth of your first child.
‘I had the experience of being with Harvey [Katie’s eldest son] from one year old and, because of his condition, he could have easily been younger in his development. So that was my first experience. Then Junior was my first biological child, and that was a whole different experience, and then my daughter.
‘I don’t think it makes a difference boy or girl, it’s just a feeling you cannot explain. Every birth, I can only speak on behalf of the father, is just as emotional and wonderful.’
Peter also commented on the difficulties of maintaining a work-life balance as a working father: ‘Dad guilt, I get that when I’m away for a few days. I remember with Millie the first time she crawled I was at work.
‘These are things that happen in life, but you do feel a bit guilty because there’s moments in time, and it’s just trying to see which ones you’re going to miss and which ones you aren’t. You can’t predict.’
When at home, Pete says he loves nothing more than getting messy with the kids in the kitchen – and revealed that his favourite parenting product is always kept close by!
‘Johnson’s Extra Sensitive Wipes in particular are very handy, because they’re sensitive and good after they’ve eaten or when you’re changing them, but don’t forget that dads also get food around their mouths, or when they’re cooking they get it all over them!’ he jokes.
Peter has teamed up with JOHNSON’S®, whose Top-To-Toe Baby Bath and Extra Sensitive Wipes now have a ‘Supported by RCM’ logo, as the Royal College of Midwives support the research behind the product claims. ‘My daughter, she loves baking cakes, very handy to wipe her face as well,’ he adds.
Peter Andre is working with JOHNSON’S® on their Welcome to the World campaign.