Joel Madden's Parenting Advice: Live and Learn

06/25/2009 at 06:00 PM ET


Back in the studio working on Good Charlotte’s fifth album, song writing for rocker Joel Madden involves a whole new inspiration: a father’s love. “Fatherhood has a profound affect on just who you are,” he tells PEOPLE. Now, the proud papa to Harlow Winter Kate, 17 months, and another baby on the way, Joel finds his new take on life to be a point of focus in several of his songs. “It definitely gives you a whole new world to write about,” he shares.

The lessons of parenthood aren’t just obvious in his music; the 30-year-old admits that having a family has equally changed his day-to-day routine. “You really can’t plan anything, you don’t know anything,” he says. “You just have to take it as it comes.” Noting that a baby does not come complete with a manual, Joel can only offer one piece of advice to new parents — live and learn! “I mean, we’re not the first people to have babies so you’re going to be alright no matter what,” he explains.

“You have to have your own experience and learn as you go. Kids are very resilient and you just have to take it a day at a time.”

With girlfriend Nicole Richie expecting the couple’s second child, the baby’s sex is being kept under wraps until delivery day. In fact, according to Joel, even he and Nicole are in the dark as to whether they will be seeing pink or blue! “We don’t know what sex it is,” he reveals. One area where they don’t have to play the guessing game? Pregnancy. Fortunately, having learned the ropes with Harlow, things seem to be falling into place “a lot easier” the second time around. “You’ve already been through it and it’s not as intense and dramatic,” he notes.

“It’s all icing on the cake.”

Source: PEOPLE

— Anya with reporting by Mark Gray

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Lys on

Wow! does she look like Nicole…

Lyd on

looks like her mother

alex on

i think she looks a lot like her dad.

Sammy-xx on

@JoelMadden i am so lucky to have a girlfriend like @nicolerichie. How did a loser like me end up with a goddess like her?

How could you not love this family?

Cortney on

She looks like Joel! Eyes, nose and lips! Too cute!

Doreen on

I def see more of Nicole in her these days!! 😉

Gigohead on

I do have to say Harlow is a cutie, she does look like her dad! The new baby will be beautiful too.

SAR on

Harlow looks just like her dad. It’d be funny if the new baby is a boy and looks just like Nicole.

Daze on

I think this picture shows Harlow with an expression identical to her Dad. They are one beautiful family. I am sure the new baby will be just as cute. I hope it’s a boy this time, so they will have one of each.

Lis on

I’ve been seeing a resembalance to Nicole lately, but seeing Joel and Harlow’s faces right next to eachother in that pic — my goodness, she is DEAD on him!!

I just love this baby.

Anna on

Harlow looks like a picture of Nichole I saw when she was a baby!

cathy b on

WOW she looks so much like him what a cutie pie!!

Dounia on

How can Harlow be so friggin cute??? I love that pic

Shannon on

Awwwwww! I love this family. Harlow seems to be becoming more and more of a perfect cross between the 2 of them every day!

Mary-Helen on

Wow…there’s no denying who her Daddy is! I love Harlow, she is too precious and Joel and Nicole seem so down to Earth and mellow.

Holly on

She looks a little like Nicole in this pic, more than she ever did… maybe since Harlow looks a lot like Joel, maybe it will be a little mini-Nicole! Either way, Harlow is beautiful. What a pretty little girl!

kmaldonado6 on

cute baby harlow looks just like her mama