Cash Warren's Must-Have Advice for Dads
Cash Warren may have stopped by our offices to tell us about his super cool new sock line, Pair of Thieves—a business he began with his buddies (and fellow dads) Alan Stuart and David Ehrenberg to make fashionable and functional footwear for dads and their kids—but we thought we'd take the opportunity to ask him some questions about life as dad to Honor, 7, and Haven, 3. Cash came clean about lessons he learned from his wife, actress Jessica Alba, the best parenting advice he ever received, and why his family is awesome socks. (See what I did there?)
Parents: What have you learned from your wife's success as a business woman?
Cash Warren: I've learned so much from her. I love her work ethic. I think she has a work ethic that's really amazing. She has this uncanny ability to keep going.
P: What is the thing you treasure most about the daddy-daughter relationship?
CW: I don't have any boys, so I can't speak to what that love is like, but I know with a daughter the love is really deep, man. They're special. They remind you so much of yourself. Even as a father, I see myself so much in my daughters. I don't know if it makes you lose an edge or anything, but I think they help you become a better man.
P: I read that you let your daughters paint your nails—
CW: To watch sports.
P: Which I love. I think a little give and take is great. What are your thoughts on encouraging or not encouraging them to take on traditional boy activities or traditional girl activities for that matter?
CW: We don't do that in our house. Jessica was a tomboy growing up. We absolutely allow them to be whoever they are. We have Honor in Jui-Jitsu. We don't do any kind of gender-specific stuff in our house.
P: I grew up dancing and painting nails and I think to myself all the time, "Dad, why didn't you make me learn how to throw a ball?"
CW: Right, right. [Laughs] Jessica can throw a ball. She can play golf. She's really athletic. We want our kids to do the same. That's my way of getting them into sports—letting them paint my nails. On the surface they're like, "No I don't want to watch sports." I'm trying to get them more into it.
P: What's the best parenting advice you ever got?
CW: When they were born, a friend of mine said change every diaper because it's something small you can do that means the world to your wife. So as a father I would say with newborns change every diaper that you can because it's a little that goes a long way. Fortunately, I have a fantastic father who raised me and was my everything so I would also say love your kids and just be there.
P: When was the last time your girls made you laugh until you cried?
CW: All the time. They're so funny, both of them. Haven, my youngest, is a comedian she's a class clown. Going into parent-teacher conferences it's really fun to have a kid that teachers are like, "She is SO funny." She's the comedian. What does she do to make me laugh? Pretty much everything.
Ruthie Fierberg is an editorial assistant at Parents. Though she does not have children of her own, she's practically been raising kids since her first babysitting job at age 11. She is also our resident theater aficionado and has interviewed over 40 celeb parents. Follow her on Twitter @RuthiesATrain.