Patrick Dempsey knows the humorous and heartfelt sides of parenthood.
The former “Grey’s Anatomy” star and his wife, Jillian Fink, have a daughter, Talula Fyfe, and twins, Sullivan and Darby. Since becoming a dad in 2002, the actor has shared insight into his parenting experience.
In honor of her birthday, we’ve rounded up 14 parental quotes from Dempsey.
On what her children think of her status as a madman
“Oh yeah, they’re laughing at me. They don’t let me take myself too seriously. … I mean, I’m just a daddy, so … you’re either ‘Cool Dad’ or not. It depends on their stage of development and their age. “
On the personality of her twins
“Sullivan will probably read this article in 20 years and say, ‘What did you say about me?’ He’s sort of the cranky old man. Darby is truly the peaceful and quiet little Buddha.
On the possibility of letting your children become actors
“I think that with your children, whatever their passion, you are supporting. You give them the opportunity to try what they want to try. “
On the baby years of her twins
“They change. I leave in the morning and come back in the evening and they’ve grown up. They start talking and now there’s a reaction. They use their faces and hold their heads up a bit.
On the reality of parenthood
“The first year is really tough. Come to think of it, the first 18 years are extremely difficult.
Raising a teenage girl
“You go from a little girl who walks in dresses in middle school then in high school. It’s a great transition. You have to weather the storm!
On the schooling Zoom of his twins
“It’s really difficult because at this point, certainly at their age, socialization is so important. And then being in a Zoom school all the time is very difficult. I think math and certainly science is very hard to do … the school does a great job of trying to keep everyone focused and organized and they are successful. But it’s hard for all the kids, I think, right now.
“It’s about taking the time to take the time. It’s nice to be with family. I really enjoy the time we are all together.
On the occasion of her daughter’s last year of a pandemic
“The isolation for them and the lack of socialization is really difficult, especially in the last year. My poor daughter missed everything. … And that’s the only reason you come back, last year is [for the] proms. It’s the turn of victory, you celebrate your education – and [she had] none of that. We had a sort of prom at home … it was a Saturday night. It was so sad, as a parent you are like ‘Oh my God, my heart is breaking for you; you don’t have this moment ‘… to see her fully dressed, then she got on Zoom with all her friends and they got together.
On his pregnant wife
“She has never looked more beautiful to me than she is now.
Talking to your young children
On having kids on the set of Grey’s Anatomy
“Everyone has children – we should have a day school [at the ‘Grey’s’ set]. Anyone who’s been here for more than two years is probably pregnant in the third year – that’s how it works. It’s incredible. Come here and you will have children.
On the interests of his children
“Darby is passionate about [soccer]. Sullivan wants to be an actor. And Talula loves to cook. She’s incredibly creative.
On sending her daughter to college
“I think it’s important for her to be alone, but as a parent it certainly wasn’t what you expected for your daughter’s freshman year in college, which we have. case this year.