Anderson Cooper Gets Honest About Parenting!
On the first episode of Ellen DeGeneres’ EllenTube “Dad Confessions,” the 54-year-old CNN host spoke about the challenges and benefits of being a new father.
The father of 18-month-old son Wyatt Morgan started the video with some parenting advice for first-time moms and dads, telling them to baby-proof the house. Cooper joked, “I didn’t [before Wyatt’s arrival], and now I use deer fencing because I don’t really know what I’m doing.”
The Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty The author also confessed that he didn’t read the baby books to prepare him for fatherhood, and learned all about parenting on the fly.
“I’ve got all those books about parenting, and I haven’t read any of them. Turns out you really need to read the books,” Cooper said with a laugh. “Just buying the books yourself and having them nearby doesn’t work. You really have to read them.”
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The father of one even got candid about diaper duty. While most parents are afraid of the messy task, the journalist admitted that he really enjoys it. “Diapers aren’t even that hard. I’ve heard people complain…it’s sweet,” Cooper said.
When asked directly about his biggest failure in parenting, he laughed and said, “I don’t know, I actually think I’m fine!”
He added: “I mean, I had all these ideas, like he wouldn’t see a screen until he’s 30. I’ve kind of been able to keep him away, but he’s absolutely… fascinated with phones… I try not to be that. on the phone he was on, but sometimes I fail.”
Despite the learning curve, Cooper said he loved “everything” about fatherhood.
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“I love being there in the morning when he first opens his eyes and he sees you and he smiles, and sometimes he laughs so hard he can’t stand it, and he buries his face in his bed or finds a toy in his crib, then ducks on the toy because he’s so overwhelmed with feeling happy. There’s nothing better,” he said.
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Cooper shares his son with ex Benjamin Maisani. In September, he opened up to PEOPLE about finding a groove in co-parenting with his former partner.
“It’s great,” he said. “It’s probably an unusual set up, but I knew he’d be a great dad, and he is. We’re exes, but we’re family to each other and we love each other as family and as co-parents.”
“There’s the usual bickering that two people have when a child is involved, like what time should he go to swimming lessons, or should he wear the overalls, or whatever,” he admitted, adding: “But all of them stupid little things. We get along just fine.”
Cooper explained, “I’ve always believed that if you’ve been with someone and that ends, in terms of an intimate relationship, if you love someone, there’s no reason that love shouldn’t last.”