Peter Andre says he has become a less strict dad – with the more children he’s had.
The pop-star, set to become a dad again at the age of 50, opened up during an interview with his wife Emily on his GB News show Saturday Morning Live.
Dad-of-four Peter said: “In terms of the relationship with my kids, I always say how being a parent is first and foremost the job. That’s a given. But also being a friend is important as it means they can open up to you and they can talk to you.
“Now Junior, my eldest, is a bit disappointed in my parenting because I was so strict with him and then with the other two. But I’m not as strict now. As each child came along, I became less and less strict.”
Revealing the secrets of their parenting style his wife Emily added: “I think we just try to be open with them. We just have open dialogue in the family. Who’s the strictest one? I think it’s a balance. I learned a lot from Pete as well, but you’ve got to be strict and have those boundaries. They have to know that there’s love there as well.
Explaining how she helps her children deal with social media and body image expectations she continued: “Social media is a really tricky thing. I think parents now are just having to learn to deal with it because I’ve got absolutely no experience myself.
“It just wasn’t around when I was a teenager. So that’s something we’re learning every day, and how to cope with it. With the body image side of things, I just try to be really positive with all the kids about their strengths in all areas.
“I try not to focus too much on their appearance. I always try to say to them, that’s such a good piece of homework you’ve done or I’m really proud of you, and I saw how hard you tried today.
“So I really try hard to praise them for things other than physical appearance so that they get to value all aspects of themselves and not just their appearance because there’s a big pressure I think on boys and girls to look a certain way.
“Whether that’s their body size or shape or their facial features. I always try to make sure that they know that there’s more important things about them.”