Daddy Nickell: Larry King: 'You don't divorce your children'

McClatchy-Tribune News ServiceJuly 14, 2014 

We all know 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." However, this week, we have an opportunity to get to know Larry King as a dad to five children, two of whom were born almost four decades after his first children, in a down-to-earth interview with "My Life As A Dad," celebrity fatherhood web series.

Larry King's son Larry Jr., adopted son Andy, and daughter Chaia were born in the '60s, a hectic time when his promising and long-standing broadcast journalism career took off. Larry shares his thoughts on how he thinks his oldest children might view how he parents 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 wasn't he 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," he declares.

The reputable TV anchor goes on to share his greatest piece of advice for parents and discloses one of his biggest regrets. 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."

He also discusses 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."

He also shared a special moment he experienced at one of his son's recent 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!' "

Larry closes the interview with thoughts about his fatherhood experience: "Fatherhood is fantastic, fantastic. Whatever is second best is a distant second."

Happy Parenting!

Daddy Nickell

Robert Nickell, aka Daddy Nickell, father of seven, offers his five cents-worth of advice to expectant and new parents. Daddy Nickell is the founder of Daddy & Company,, delivery room duds and daddy gear for dads, and the blog where he covers topics about parenting and the latest baby and kids gear, all from a dad's perspective.


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