Josh Kelley and Naleigh Bond Over Cheerios and SpongeBob

10/08/2010 at 06:00 PM ET

Ariel Ramerez /Landov

The fastest way to Josh Kelley‘s heart? Make his name your first word, just as 22-month-old daughter Naleigh did.

“The first word she said was ‘Dada,’ which was awesome,” Kelley, 30, says. “Can’t really get me any cockier then when my kid says ‘Dada’ – I love it.”

As for other milestones, “she’s starting to run. She went from walking to kind of trotting, and now she’s running and it’s really hard to catch her,” the “Georgia Clay” crooner says.

“The terrible twos are probably on their way.”

When he does get a hold on his little girl with actress Katherine Heigl, they enjoy bonding over breakfast.

“I like to get her up in the morning and pour us both a little bowl of Cheerios,” he says. “Then we sit on the couch and watch SpongeBob SquarePants. I think that I probably like it better then she does.”


— Katie Kauss

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sam on

I liked him before but hearing him talk about his little girl and hearing the pride, love and joy in his voice made me like him even more. Josh may your life be filled with more great moments and memories with your beautiful daughter and wife. Wishing you all the best

Jacqui on

He seems like such a sweet, loving dad! And yes, he probably does like SpongeBob more than she does!

Lisa on

Spongebob??? Come on people…I can’t stand Spongebob. I think it’s a cartoon for older kids. What is the learning value of spongebob? Why can’t they watch Nie how Kia lan? Considering she is Asian or more age approprate cartoons, there r ton’s of them out there. I have a 5 yr old and 3 yro old and we do not watch spongebob. To each their own I guess.

Kristin on

That video is ADORABLE. He seems like such a fun and loving dad.

Sarah K. on

Lisa, not everything has to be a “learning experience.” It’s a cute little ritual that helps them bond. Josh will definitely look back on this time fondly, and depending on long it lasts – Naleigh will too.

tink1217 on

Lisa, I agree…Spongebob may be a fun cartoon but for older kids. I also agree not everything needs to be a learning experience, some thnigs should just be fun. That said…Spongebob is just not appropriate for a toddler…I am sure Josh must like it as I know lots of adults who do (although I don’t know why). Bottom line though…it is sweet and really awesome they have that time together to bond!

Yikes on

They should watch a show about panda bears because Naleigh is of Asian descent? WOW wow WOW. Talk about an ignorant and racist comment. Get a clue, Lisa!

JMO on

Well not that I think Spongebob is a show for toddlers (or even preschoolers) it’s not like Naleigh understands it! To her it’s a show with crazy noises and bright colors!

Anna on

Lisa, it’s “Ni Hao” and it’s Chinese while Naleigh comes from South Korea. Those are two completely different countries.

I don’t like Spongbob either, but don’t see the harm in it.

This interview is very sweet. They seem like great parents and have the right priorities.

Lisa on

Hahaha, lmao. Don’t see how it’s an ignorant and racist comment. I guess someone always has to play the race card out there. Anywho, to each their own. I was just suggesting a cartoon, nothing wrong with that. And I know Ni Hao is Chinese. People need to get a grip and chillax.

Lisa on

God forbid, what if I would have said they should watch Dora or Little Bill. I guess I would have been called ignorant and racist. Unbelievable!!!!!

Hea on

Lisa – Seriously though, you think she should watch random Asian shows because she was born in South Korea? Why do you think that? Do you think that Chinese and South Korean cultures are the same? I bet you think Europe is a country too.

Mickie on

Lisa – It’s *why* you suggested it that we have a problem with, as if her ethnicity has anything to do with the cartoons she should watch. If you had left that part out of your comment, no one would have had a problem with it.

hayley w on

lisa – god fobid that a dad and his little girl can watch a cartoon with out some one having a fricking opinion on it…its a cartoon lisa maybe you should chillax.

im sorry but when we start telling other parents that their cartoons arn’t approprate we need to get a grip. end of.

Molly on

Mickie is correct. You are the one that put Race into this topic but now you are trying to act as if you didn’t do that.

Chloe on

Let’s talk about how hot UNCLE CHARLES is…….

shirabee on

Chloe- i second that! wow charles is very hot! josh is cute and gets hotter everytime he speaks of his little girl! katherine is one lucky lady!

Hea on

Chloe – Picture, please? πŸ™‚

Lauren on

Yes, Naleigh’s uncle Charles is a looker for sure πŸ˜‰ Also a huge fan of him and his band (Lady Antebellum). I wonder if Naleigh ever listens to their music and her dad’s and what she thinks of them? I always wonder that about the children of musicians.

Lisa on

Whoa Mother Hen’s, I’m not the one gettin’ all huffy and puffy over comment’s here. You guy’s need to chillax! Don’t take life’s fustrations out on me. Hea-, how dare you presume that I think Europe is a country…DUH! I’ve lived in Germany for 3 years. I know what it is. I know that Chinese and South Korean cultures are diff…I was simply suggesting a cartoon, excuse me. Stop picking apart words. They always do that on here. No one can say anything without being jumped on.

CelebBabyLover on

Lisa= You weren’t just suggesting a cartoon. You gave a reason for suggesting it, and here it is: “Considering she is Asian or more age approprate cartoons, there r ton’s of them out there”. What people are having a problem with is that you insiuniated (whether intentionally or not. It’s very possible that you didn’t mean it to come out sounding the way it did, so I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt) that Naleigh should watch that cartoon because she’s Asian.

If you had just said something like, “I think this is a much better show for toddlers than Spongebob”, I highly doubt anyone would have jumped on you. As Mickie said, it was the WAY you suggested the cartoon that people were having a problem with, not the fact that you suggested it.

That being said, I DO think that Hea over-reacted a bit. I don’t think it was neccesary for her to make the remark she did about how you must think Europe is a country, too.

hayley w on

you ‘chilax’ lisa , and stop talking rubbish and you would not get jumped on. simple.

M926 on

So cool. Such a great unique bonding experience for Josh and his little lady!!! (-:

MiB on

Chill out, at least they are watching it together! But yeah, I too took a bit of offence to Lisa’s suggestion (sorry Lisa, but the way you wrote it really did sound as if you saw Aisa as one big unit) as she is not Chinese (and even then, she might have been from a different part of China, but I guess any Chinese would have been better than none if she was).

Hea on

Lisa – Then I’m sorry for you that you do not understand what you wrote. It’s not about picking on your words, it’s the sense of what you wrote people are reacting to. It shouldn’t be all that hard to understand?

Lila on

I think that daddy/daughter time is important and I am glad to see more men taking the time to bond with their daughters, regardless of what they are watching.

nancylee on

Geez, people, that’s why I hate even looking at the comments. It looks worse when people attack someone for a comment they made which may be made innocently. It’s like watching people stone a person to death. Not everyone read into the comment, Lisa.

Molly on

I’m,disappointed because I remember when this site was actually fun. Now it’s like it’s been taken over by negative people who only bash celebrities

MiB on

I just have to add, I love Katherine Heigls dress in this picture!

Mia on

Wow, people on here should calm down.
As the old saying goes ‘if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all’.
Focussing on the actual article..
they seem like a really cute little family.
It is nice to hear about how he bonds with his cute daughter.

Siana on

Lisa started it all, so I don’t see why she should complain. If you have nothing positive to say, then it’s better to remain silent

Jenn on

OMG people! who cares what they watched. He’s a dad spending some time with his kid. Can’t say the same about other dads. Be happy they aren’t watching porn.

I have 4 kids…they all LOVE Spongebob. I love Spongebob. My husband loves Spongebob. It’s a cartoon. Geez.

Jenny on

I dont see anything wrong with spongebob. I have a 2 and a 5 year old and they love it, the cartoons when we were little werent all educational…sometimes wish the kids had more cartoons like we had instead of all the interactive/educational cartoons, they are just for fun πŸ™‚ And with my 2 year old, he watchs spongebob and he may not get everything that goes on some stuff is over his head, but he likes to watch it with his sister and we watch it as a family together sometimes…its just about being together. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚


Gee, I don’t know. How about fix the child a REAL breakfast and bond over a book. Parents today……sheesh

Momof2nIA on

So who cares what they watch, I’m sure Lisa didn’t mean to sound “that way” and people these days should try harder to get along! This comes from someone who doesn’t allow spongebob in the home. Take it easy!

tessi on

I see…there are some jealous, negative people in KH site….always ready to criticize her and her family…
She is OUT of GREYS ANATOMY a long time now……go pick on someone else.

I really do not get the nastiness of some people where katie is concerned.
She is the best!
God bless her and her family.