Mark-Paul Gosselaar Jokes: My Kids Love Their Baby Brother, Just Not Each Other

04/08/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

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The sibling love was at a standstill in Mark-Paul Gosselaar‘s home — until his two kids were saved by … the baby.

Despite a rocky relationship with each other, the actor’s children, Michael Charles, 10, and Ava Lorenn, 7½, have happily embraced their roles as big brother and sister to 6-month-old Dekker Edward.

“They still hate each other, but they love the baby, so all the love now goes to Dekker,” Gosselaar, 40, joked to PEOPLE at the Safe Kids Day event on Saturday in West Hollywood, Calif.

Balancing a new baby and busy schedules with work can get hectic, so during the week Gosselaar’s goal is often “just having dinner … as a unit.” But all bets are off on the weekends when the family — which includes Gosselaar’s wife Catriona — gets together for some fun.

“One of the activities that we do is we play golf together — it’s something that we like,” the Franklin & Bash star says. “We pick one day to have fun between the kids’ soccer and gymnastics.”

And with so much going on, Gosselaar has found a way to document each moment — and memory! — throughout the years. The result has become a special keepsake for his children.

“The minute Dekker sat up and Michael goes to bed without a nightlight [and] Ava loses her tooth — there’s literally milestones every single day with children,” he explains. “We write it down in a journal every once in awhile. Anytime the kids say a funny quote, we write it down … and then we read  them out loud. It just shows how the time progressed.”

— Anya Leon with reporting by Abby Stern

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KC on

What a lovely family. I saw you guys on Flipping Out. Jeff did a great job, your homes is gorgeous!

Nicole on

I love that they write stuff down that kids do or say. That’s so nice to look back at when the kids are all grown up and have children of their own. They seem like a very sweet and beautiful family.

klutzy_girl on

Aw, cute family and hilarious story!

Can’t wait until Franklin and Bash is back.

kj on

His wife is stunning! Just gorgeous!

American Mom on

I realize he’s joking but I really don’t like this modern attitude that it’s somehow normal for siblings to hate and dislike each other. My children have been raised to love and care about each other, to protect each other and to support one another. That should be the norm.

LuvLeeRita on

I don’t know why but I always got M-P Gosselaar and Paul Walker confused. They look kinda/sorta similar. But I’d take PW anyday. RIP, handsome.

Judy on

He is a nice guy….happy for him and his family.

Mariel on

Nice-looking couple and cute kids.

Becky on

Cute family. .

nameless on

Catriona? What a name for such a pretty lady..

Niko on

All Mark-Paul’s kids are cute. Happy family!

Vic on

I adore Mark Paul!!! Such a beautiful family

Paige on

Beautiful family

lovely123 on

It’s cool having baby #3 a few years after the first two. Mine are 11 and 9.5 and the little one is 4. The oldest argue, but turn on a dime to show their little brother love; then they continue arguing. The best part, the little one will still love me when the other two are teens and hate me!!

goldensister on

Funny story. I always get him confused with James Van der Beek. They look so much alike.

Stephanie on

@American Mom – Our two youngest (13 & 10) may argue, or not like each other. But they are first in line to defend each other against an outsider. Loving, caring, protecting and supporting each other ARE the norm. But so is arguing.

k on

Mr. Apple Pie grew up dreamy! Didn’t his first wife dump him for someone else? Her loss!

Amanda on

I wonder if his kids call his wife Mom? According to Jeff Probst,( Survivor host and their Stepfather) the kids call him Dad. Curious if it goes both ways.

Paige on

Lovely story and funny too.

bitsy on

Nice little family. Good for him and them. Love me some F&B too and can’t wait for it’s return.