Dierks Bentley: We’re Still Working on Our Son’s Name

11/07/2013 at 01:00 PM ET

Dierks Bentley Son Knox Middle Name Dierks Bentley

Dierks Bentley and his wife Cassidy have put together a new parenting plan: divide and conquer!

Since welcoming their third child, son Knox in October, the country crooner admits everyone — including daughters Jordan Catherine, 2½, and Evalyn Day, 5 — is still learning to adjust to being a family of five.

“My wife and I are definitely out-manned for sure. It requires you splitting up and doing things separately,” Bentley, 37, told PEOPLE at his Miles and Music for Kids event in Nashville on Sunday.

“I took the girls to breakfast this morning. It’s kind of a drag because we hate being apart, but that’s just the way it is right now.”

But while bringing another baby into the mix has been a “big transition,” a laid-back Bentley is going with the family’s flow. “One kid changes your whole life. Two is crazy. [With] three you already know what to do so you don’t stress the little things so much,” he says.

“With my two girls, I was afraid every second they were going to fall down and cut themselves. This time I’ll be a little more, ‘It’s okay, you’re fine!'”

Bentley’s new approach to parenting doesn’t just apply to the hands-on aspect of daddy duty. Despite it being four weeks since their son’s arrival, the proud parents are still wrapping up some unfinished business on baby boy’s birth certificate.

“My wife and I liked the name [Knox]. It’s simple — my name’s one syllable. It just popped up and we stuck with it,” Bentley explains. “We’re working on the middle name — still working on it. We turned the paperwork in as just Knox Bentley, but soon enough … ”

One thing that has taken priority in the singer’s life is instilling a sense of appreciation in his children. Bentley, who was on hand to lead a pack of more than 1,000 bikers during the eighth annual charity ride, planned to present the check to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt with his two daughters by his side.

“I want them to grow up to be great people, to always be conscious of the environment around them and to serve in some way,” he shares.

He jokingly adds, “Hopefully this is one of my better examples they’ll pick up on — there’s plenty of bad examples of things I do for them to grab onto, but hopefully they’ll remember this.”

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— Anya Leon with reporting by Katie Kauss

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Anonymous on

Okay, I’m confused. He says it’s a a “drag” that he had to be apart from his wife and newborn to take his girls to breakfast. Well why take them to breakfast at all, then? They could have just had a nice family breakfast at home, or all five of them gone out (babies are quite portable, especially at that age)!

For the record, I like Dierks and he sounds like a great father. I’m just a bit puzzled by his actions!

Anonymous on

Also, I wonder why they’re having so much more trouble coming up with a middle name for their son than they did for their daughters? It must be really frustrating!

Mommytoane on

I hope the name the little guy soon! My mom wasn’t offically named until she was 18, until that point the name on her birth certificate was “Baby Girl”….tho she did have a name, it just wasn’t offical. Knox is a cute name tho.

Melinda on

Anon – Probably because he realized his wife was exhausted and needed a break. My husband used to take our oldest kids to the park or the beach for two hours when our youngest was born so I could nap with her. Otherwise, the second your hands are free the elder two need you for something or other (not usually a problem, but on days that you feeling like a zombie, very much appreciated to have them out of your hair).

Also this week was the CMAs, so I doubt Dierks was home much. Probably wanted to do something nice for Cassidy before work called.

Anonymous on

Melinda- That’s a very good point. I hadn’t thought about that. 🙂

weaselspleen on

Once again, a deceptive click-bait headline that implies they haven’t picked a name for their son, even though they clearly HAVE picked a name, and are just thinking about a MIDDLE name. The child has a name. The headline is BS.

And anyone who doesn’t understand why an exhausted mom with a newborn might possibly want some quiet time has never been a parent, and probably never should be.

DB_KU_WWEGirl on

I think it would be cute if they did Knox Frederick Bentley!! 🙂 That would have a nice sweet meaning behind it. Or even if they used Dierks’ dad’s name. Knox Leon Bentley. But, I’m sure that whatever they come up with will fit their family nicely!!

Addison on

Yeah but if they use Knox Leon next thing you know Angelina Jolie will accuse them of “copying” then it will be world war Z. (See what I did there 😉 ) haha.

Anonymous on

DB_KU_WWEGirl- You’re right, it would. Plus, it has a nice ring to it. BTW, Frederick is Dierk’s actual name (Dierks is his given middle name) if anyone s wondering about the significance (I googled it). 🙂

Shane on

What a plush man