Chris Harrison: Bachelor in Paradise Has Helped My Relationship with My Daughter

09/03/2015 at 12:00 PM ET

Who knew? Being the host of one of reality TV’s most popular shows can have some surprising perks, says Bachelor in Paradise‘s Chris Harrison.

“[Taylor] usually curls into bed with me and we watch [the episodes] together,” Harrison tells PEOPLE of his 11-year-old daughter.

“It opens up a dialogue and allows us to communicate about things that might be awkward or weird. Far be it for me to say that it’s a good tool for parenting, but it does bring up conversations and it does bring up debates about dating, what’s okay and what’s not.”

Continues Harrison: “It allows us to talk about things in an unguarded environment. I can gauge her temperature on things and everything she says to me, it’s like, ‘Okay, good girl, you’ve been raised right!’ ”

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The producer and host — also dad to Joshua, 13 — says that a certain controversial couple on this season provided for some interesting commentary. “The drama between Samantha Steffen and Joe Bailey was stunning,” says Harrison.

“She’s the puppetmaster! The evolution of Joe from bully to this sad, sympathetic figure was so compelling. It’s incredible to watch. It’s rare in life when we get to see the bully fully exposed. It’s what I talk to my kids about. The people that are mean, they’re usually the most insecure.”

As captivating as the show can be, Harrison, 44, admits not every part is necessarily middle school appropriate.

“I preview all the episodes,” he explains, “and if I know something is coming up that is not okay for an 11-year-old, I tell her to step away!”

The Bachelor in Paradise finale airs Monday, Sept. 7 on ABC.

For more from Harrison, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

— Aili Nahas

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DaisyMoon on

Oh Chris…you’re still a giant d ou che, even if you manage to raise decent children.

Sharon on

At least he’s not an absent father! We would have less crime, if all fathers were involved…

TheProject on

Oddly enough, I’ve watched some of the bachelor episodes (a few mins as we got ready for bed etc) with my son (now almost 10) and have said the same things, about it opening up dialogues and I’ve been very impressed with his insight on some situations. I’ll take any tool I can to keep the conversations flowing between us and to gauge where he’s at, what he’s picking up at school or from his friends!

Sandra McLean on

My 15 year old son and I watched the bachelorette and bachelor in paradise together. He really disliked a lot of the behaviour and asked me why I watched it. I confessed I liked all the drama. His favourite show on tv this summer was The Astronauts Wives Club. I guess he likes old fashioned women, with morals and class

hmorganbts on

Been watching it with my daughter for years and I think it is a great way to connect and understand them. It brings up great opportunities for discussions especially for a dad.

Robin on

I think he has a good idea going with his daughter. The fact that he censors it is a smart thing.

Kar on

He is right, some part of the episodes may not appropriate for the 11 years old, kinda too young for them to view adults show. Although the Paradise show is fun show for adults.

Joy Wheeler on

I am a huge fan of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette and Bachelor In Paradise.I think that Chris is doing an excellent job hosting the shows. It looks like he is also a great dad.

Poppy on

Just his daughter? Why not his son too? The show gives him a chance to “dialogue” about how men should and shouldn’t treat women! Boys need these kinds of conversations just a much as girls!

Nancy on

Love the Paradise and Bachelor shows, almost watched every episode.

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