Somehow it was lost on me that Nick Cannon is doing a bunch of interviews because he is releasing a mixtape. I didn’t realize he was still trying to do music and or that he ever really did music aside from his great (seriously) contribution to the Love Don’t Cost a Thing soundtrack. Anyway, he is releasing a mixtape with a NSFW cover called “Raw & B.” LOL that title is a little on the nose. Nick talked to People about his kids and his parenting style or lack thereof since that is his main talking point. He’s not strict, he’s the fun dad.
Nick Cannon is opening up about his life as a father.
During his mixtape Raw & B listening event, the TV personality spoke to PEOPLE about fatherhood and the arrival of his new baby. In January, Cannon, 41, announced that he is expecting his eighth child later this year with model Bre Tiesi.
“I’m so excited about all my kids,” he says. “Constantly, from every aspect of it. From them getting citizen of the month awards in the first grade to the birth of the new ones.”
“Every day I just wake up excited as a father,” he adds.
However, Cannon admits that he still gets anxious about welcoming his new little bundle of joy with Tiesi.
“You get nervous every time,” he shares. “Every single time… because it’s a miracle, it’s God working.”
He continues, “You just stay in prayer, you stay in agreement with your partner to just make sure everything is a blessing and operates in the proper way. So just stay prayed up.”
When it comes to his parenting style, Cannon says he doesn’t see himself as a “strict” parent but more of “the disciplinarian in the family.”
“Because I’m the fun parent as well,” he says. “I’m the dad that is a big kid, but I also respect morals, values are high on my list. And you know, we established that as early as infancy.”
“So then there’s no reason to be strict because clearly I live a fun, open, free lifestyle, and I want my kids to be able to be happy and be that as well,” he explains. “But long as it’s rooted in respect and love. And that’s the lines where we try not to break or try not to cross.”
Of course he’s the fun parent because he won’t actually be there for the day-to-day of parenting. Nick is literally contradicting himself in the same sentence. He is not a strict parent, but he is the disciplinarian in the family. That seems like it doesn’t make sense, but I actually get what he is saying. Basically, he is the fun dad who pops in and out of his children’s daily lives as he pleases. However, when he does decide to pop in, he will be respected and he will be obeyed. Because everything revolves around him. Nick is picking and choosing which aspects of parenting he wants to participate in. It’s a bit sad because he probably is a fun parent and is a “big kid” and his kids probably have a lot of fun with him when he does decide to come around. But it’s impossible to make time for that many young children in general, especially when they live in separate households. I imagine his kids will enjoy his company, but I’m not sure how much they will respect him as they get older and can understand the circumstances for themselves.