It's a fact everybody knows Larry King as the world-renowned TV anchor who kept Americans in-the-know on global happenings for 25 years via his CNN show, Larry King Live.
Get familiar with, My Life As A Dad (MLAAD), the popular web series that delves into the lives and fatherhood journeys of celeb dads, recently chatted with Larry King about his experience in being a dad to five children, two of which were born almost four decades after his first children.
Did you know? My Life As A Dad (MLAAD) is the first show of its kind to delve into the lives of celebrity and professional athlete dads and highlights their journey to daddy hood.
The show features personal interviews, kid jam sessions, and games, along with advice, discovery, and emotional messages direct from celebrity and professional athletes that you know. MLAAD gets their answers to important questions, such as how they feel about being a dad, their parenting philosophies, how they balance their family life with their professional life and, in some cases, how they relate their unique upbringing to being a dad today. You’ll find out what their favorite activity to engage with their child is; their best piece of parenting advice, and even their first thought following their child’s birth. You can also find MLAAD on Facebook and Twitter.
MLAAD has also conducted interviews with the likes of NBA star Chris Paul, Eddie George (former NFL player, Heisman trophy winner, and Fox sports broadcaster), Backstreet Boy Howie Dorough, actor/comedian Tom Arnold, NCIS: Los Angeles star Eric Christian Olsen, Dancing with the Stars winner J.R. Martinez, and many more. These interviews can all be viewed at the MLAAD YouTube Channel here.
Be sure to check samples quotes below from a recent video where Robert "Daddy" Nickell interviews Larry King about the importance of spending time with your children on "My Life As A Dad." The visual from the MLAAD video interview starts here.
Different type of Dad
Did you know? Larry King's son Larry, Jr., adopted son Andy, and daughter Chaia were born in the 60's, a hectic time when his promising and long-withstanding broadcast journalism career took off. In his interview, Larry shares how he thinks his earlier children might view how he fathers his sons Chance (b. 1999) and Cannon (b. 2000) differently now.
"I don't know if they are hurt by it...they don't say it. They all pretty much handle it very well and they love their younger brothers. But I imagine that there is a little resentment. That would be normal, you know, why he wasn't there for me all the time. It's the kind of life I led and if I could do a do-over again, I would have spent more time."
The well respected TV anchor goes on to share his greatest piece of advice for parents, a major regret he has, the "spectacular" love a parent gets from a child, and more.
Larry's advice to parents
His advice for parents: "The advice I would give is 'you can't get it back.' The day you didn't go to the game, you can't get that back. You didn't go. The hotel room that goes unsold will never be sold. The day you didn't spend, you didn't spend. That is a big regret of mine; that I didn't do more."
Real love and kids
On how many men don't understand real love until they have a child: "It's the first time in your life. You don't have to love your wife--that's why there is divorce. You don't divorce your children. There are things about your children that will annoy you, but the love is spectacular."
A special moment with his son
A special moment he had at one of his son's baseball games: "Yesterday, my son pitched three scoreless innings for Notre Dame's scrimmage game. I was sitting in the stands at the beautiful field at Notre Dame. He was pitching and standing on the mound with that regal look...I just looked at him and could almost cry. I flashed back to the day he was born and the day I took him to his first game. And there he is, standing with that regal look. He struck out a guy...that jolt just goes through your heart. He asked me, 'Do you root for me more than you root for the Dodgers?' and I said, 'Of course!'"
His thoughts about the fatherhood experience: "Fatherhood is fantastic, fantastic. Whatever is second best is a distant second."