Adam Levine’s parenting philosophy: ‘As a dad, you gotta be there’

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Adam Levine and his wife, Behati Prinsloo are parent to two little girls, Dusty, one, and Gio who is just two months. While promoting his role as a judge on The Voice, E! asked Adam what his parenting style was. Good lord, the man has two under two – “staying awake” would be the sum total of my philosophy were I in his shoes. But I’m not and Adam seems to have a firmer grasp on what his objectives are, which is to be there and do as much as he can.

Adam Levine is opening up about life with two young kids.

“Mine are so fresh out the box, mine don’t do that much yet,” Levine told E! News’ Justin Sylvester on Monday. “I think that for me it’s like, be a parent every single chance you get.”

Levine explained that there will be times when you’re tired, but you have to push through.
“As soon as I can be a parent at any time during the day I do it,” Levine shared. “And that’s kind of like as a dad too, you gotta be there, that’s a big thing, being around all the time.”

Levine later revealed his parenting style that works for him and Prinsloo.

“I call it like the A-Team,” Levine explained. “A-Team has to be fresh, functional, relaxed and happy to deal with the B-Team, which is your children. A-Team is your other person, this is my girl…we have to be ready for you. If we’re not ready for you, the A-Team is not ready for the B-Team, we have problems, no one’s going to have any fun.”

[From E!]

Say what now? That last part eludes me – he and Behati are the A Team or just Behati? If he isn’t using ‘we’ in the royal sense, then I have no idea what those last sentences mean. My guess is he was erring on the side of caution. As he said, his are pretty young – he’d come under scrutiny if he professed to have this parenting thing down. Or, maybe I was right about the sleep deprivation and that all made perfect sense to him.

However, his approach is good, even if he has difficulty explaining it. I don’t think even Adam understands how profound his comment, “be a parent every single chance you get,” will prove to be as his kids age. When kids get to their pre-teens and teens, even a seemingly innocuous moment can take on more meaning for them and you have to be conscious of that.

On a personal note, if Adam can be there physically right now, more power to him. But all parents push through, regardless if they work full time, part time or stay at home. And those of us with children “parent” all the time, even if we aren’t physically there (deadbeats excluded). Like I said, I don’t think Adam was actually lecturing anyone, just explaining where he is and what he knows.




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  1. FLORC says:

    His comment has me lost. I’m thinking he means behati is the “a-team” and he is on the bench? Not unheard of for most young couples with newborns.

    And I’m thinking he has difficulty phrasing this. Being there. That’s so important.
    I lost my dad when I was young and I remember lots of things. Its important to be present often enough to create those memories. Have those moments.
    I’ve met adam Levine once and imo. In that moment. He was a douche to the highest level. It was prefame at a uconn centered concert. I hope he’s toned that all down now. Maybe he has.

    • me says:

      Why do the biggest douches always become rich and famous? It’s like being nice gets you nowhere. Be a jerk and you get it all. I hope he’s nicer now.

    • minx says:

      I don’t get his appeal at all. He’s extremely average looking and average talent IMO.

    • Katie says:

      It seemed clear to me. The parents are the A team and the kids are B. If the parents aren’t United and ready to handle the kids and whatever issues they bring about, then no one can deal and everyone is unhappy? Maybe I misread this? I do think it’s great that he understands how important it is just yo be there – a lot of successful ppl don’t get that – they work too much and then try to get a few “quality” hours a week with the kids. You can’t buy a relationship with your kid, it’s about being there and experiencing life with them.

  2. Anastasia says:

    As the mother of a grown child, I’d like to co-sign what he said. Just BE THERE for them. That is so number one important to them, and they never ever forget that you were THERE.

  3. Teriffic Terry says:

    Brady Pitt, take note.

  4. LBR says:

    Maybe I’m giving him too much credit, but he made sense to me. He’s saying he and Behati are the A-Team (ie him and his girl), and if “we” (ie he and Behati) are not on the same wavelength or one of them’s having a bad day (ie not fresh, functional, relaxed) then it makes it harder to handle the kids well.

    • Wilder says:

      Yes, that’s how I took it too. The A-Team works together so they can be better parents to the B-Team. I think it’s a sweet sentiment.