Dennis Quaid Switches Up His Defense

07/26/2009 at 12:00 PM ET

Fatherhood the second (and third!) time around has provided Dennis Quaid with a different perspective on parenting; while raising multiples has also presented an additional set of challenges.

Speaking with USA Weekend, the 55-year-old actor notes that the age gap between son Jack Henry, 17, and twins Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace, 20 months, gave him plenty of time to accept all the life changes that a new baby can bring. “You don’t freak out at every sniffle and every trip and fall,” he explains. “It’s not such a shock, changing diapers and getting up in the night.” At the same time, Dennis admits “it’s harder because there’s two of them.”

“One’s going one way, and the other’s going the other. You go from man-to-man to zone defense.”

The twins are healthy and recovered from their rocky start in life, and Dennis — who spent spring break with Jack, looking at colleges — says that some stereotypes have held true. “She’s very much a girlie-girl, and he’s a linebacker,” he shares.

Dennis’ next project — G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra — hits theaters August 7th. Boone and Zoe are his children with wife Kimberly; Jack is his son with ex-wife Meg Ryan.

Source: USA Weekend

FILED UNDER: Multiples , News , Parenting

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Holly on

I love the way Dennis is a father. I also like how every once and a while we might see a glimpse of them, but Dennis and Kimberly tend to keep the kids out of the spotlight.🙂 I think they are very responsible parents and are trying to give the babies the most normal life as possible. They will have a better life this way.😉 I think they are a real nice couple.🙂

pyjammy on

no no, twins are man-to-man, triplets are zone defense. believe me.

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