DAD TIDINGS

Soap Opera Digest|June 22, 2020

DAD TIDINGS
B&B’s Scott Clifton And Darin Brooks Talk Fatherhood On-Screen, Off-Screen And Under Quarantine
Tom Stacy
Soap Opera Digest: Scott, your son, Ford, turned 4 last month and Darin, your daughter, Everleigh, will be 9 months the day after Father’s Day. What has it been like raising your children while in quarantine?

Scott Clifton: Because our kids are in such different stages — Darin and I actually had this conversation a couple of weeks ago — I was like, “Dude, is it really hard for you with Everleigh being quarantined?” and he was like, “Well, no, not really, because she’s still a baby. It’s not like she’s going stir-crazy and wanting to go outside and play.”

Darin Brooks: Yeah.

Clifton: So, it’s not the same thing, and Darin’s baby, Everleigh, is an amazing and happy kid — and then I was thinking for us, “Oh, my God. This is the worst possible age for this to happen. Ford is 4 years old, and listen, [wife] Nikki and I are Olympic-medal, TV-watching, do-nothing pros. So if it weren’t for having a kid, this whole quarantine thing, because we live such a privileged, lucky lifestyle, this would be party time for us. We’d stay at home all day. It’d be like a rainy day schedule.

Brooks: Right.

Clifton: Just Netflix and chill, but Ford needs stimulation. He needs exercise. He needs to think and be mentally active and he needs to be educated, so that has become our job. Thankfully, we don’t have to actually homeschool him because he’s not old enough for that yet, but it’s like our house has turned into preschool. And it’s exhausting. It’s hard. We’ve talked to so many other parents who going through the same thing, where we feel like we are failing him. We feel like we can’t be doing arts and crafts all day long. We don’t have the materials. We don’t have the energy. We also have to keep our house clean and do all these other chores, so it feels like we’re being neglectful. This is why parenting experts and child psychologists are coming out in droves saying, “Hey, parents. Relax. Kids are resilient. It’s going to be okay. You’re not neglecting your children. Everyone feels the same way.”

Brooks: Yeah!

Clifton: So, it’s nice to know that. Darin, do you have anything to add to that? What do you think? What are your thoughts on the topic?

Brooks: Look, I don’t envy your position. That’s got to be hard because Ford is in that stage of the learning and the talking and the conversing and the walking and the moving. We’re certainly not there yet. Everleigh is just saying, “Mama” and “Dada” and all that stuff. It’s a super-fun time. I love it to death.

Clifton: That’s awesome. That’s a great stage.

Brooks: She’s sitting up. She hasn’t crawled yet, but she is on the verge of crawling.

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June 22, 2020