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This story is so ironic I almost can’t handle it. Nick Cannon, who has twelve children, has said that he doesn’t get to spend enough time with all of his children. He also claims that he earns $100 million a year to support them all, which sounds like a lot of work. But somehow, despite his busy schedule, he has the time to earn a psychology degree…wait for it…so he can learn how to be a better dad to his kids. This came out on the Language of Love podcast episode I covered a couple weeks ago but the Huffington Post has published his comments for those of us who don’t want to listen to the whole thing.
“I was already going to get a master’s in psychology and a Ph.D. in divinity. … Then I shifted — instead of just a master’s in psychology, now it’s more in child psychology,” he said, “because this is my life.”
Cannon stated that he takes part in psychology-related conversations “several times a day,” adding that he’s aimed to make sure his children have “what they need developmentally and emotionally.”
“I’m studying the brain — at what point does sensory matter?” he said, offering an example of some of the topics and questions he has explored.
Cannon has made headlines over the years for his growing number of children. He welcomed his 12th child, Halo, with model Alyssa Scott in December. His kids, whom he shares with six women, range in age from 6 months old to 12 years old.
The actor and “Wild ’n Out” host has publicly discussed some of the challenges he’s faced in co-parenting a dozen children.
Last month, he revealed on his radio show, “The Daily Cannon,” that he mixed up Mother’s Day cards for his kids’ moms, accidentally sending a card to one woman that was meant for another.
“I tried my best, I really did,” he said at the time.
Look, if he wants to get a master’s degree, I think that’s great. But let’s not pretend it’s solely for the benefit of his kids. I think what his little ones need the most is to feel a secure attachment with their dad, and he doesn’t have to have a psychology degree to give that to them. It feels like something he’s doing so that people stop making fun of him, more so than something he’s doing to be a better dad. Also, mixing up the Mother’s Day cards is amateur hour. You did not try your best, Nick Cannon. That’s not what ‘trying my best’ is. As Emily Post would say, one must double-check the name on the card before putting it in the envelope when one has six baby mamas. I suppose it’s bound to happen when Nick is so overextended. The level of color-coding that must exist on his Google calendar (assuming he has one) makes me anxious just to think about.