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Mark-Paul Gosselaar Jokes His Older Kids Watch the Younger Ones: ‘It’s Free Babysitting!’

08/20/2015 at 01:00 PM ET

Yes, Mark-Paul Gosselaar admits having four kids is a ton of work — but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing.

“It’s a lot of great work,” he said at the TCAs while promoting his upcoming NBC show, Truth Be Told, on Aug. 12.

Gosselaar, 41, says he and wife Catriona McGinn have encouraged a team approach to child-rearing, which has helped lighten the load.

“We had a little bit of a gap. The older ones would help with Dekker, who is now 23 months. Lachlyn is 5 months,” Gosselaar, who is also dad to son Michael, 11, and daughter Ava, 9, explains.

“Michael will take Lachlyn, Ava will take Dekker. Everyone is helping! It’s free babysitting!”

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar: Four Kids Is ‘Enough’

04/28/2015 at 05:00 PM ET

Mark-Paul Gosselaar takes daddy duty seriously — especially when it comes to the safety of his four children.

“A big thing for me is helmets. I grew up racing motocross and bicycles and all that stuff. So helmets to me is a big, big thing,” Gosselaar, 41, told PEOPLE at Safe Kids Day in Los Angeles on Sunday.

He pleads, “Every time you get on your bikes or scooters or skateboards, please put on your helmet.”

Aside from riding bikes, other activities in the Gosselaar household — he and wife Catriona are parents to 8-week-old daughter Lachlyn Hope and 18-month-old son Dekker Edward, while the actor is also dad to Ava Lorenn, 9, and Michael Charles, 11 — include reading.

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar Welcomes Daughter Lachlyn Hope

02/18/2015 at 01:15 PM ET

Mark-Paul Gosselaar Expecting Fourth Child

Zack Morris might just be gearing up for daddy duty, but Mark-Paul Gosselaar is now a father of four!

The actor welcomed his fourth child, daughter Lachlyn Hope, on the night of Tuesday, Feb. 17, his rep confirms to PEOPLE.

“So in love with our new baby girl,” Gosselaar, 40, Tweeted Wednesday. “Mum and baby are healthy and happy. 2 boys, 2 girls, too perfect!”

The newborn is Gosselaar’s second child with wife Catriona McGinn, with whom he also has 16-month-old son Dekker Edward. He is also dad to daughter Ava Lorenn, 8, and son Michael Charles, 10, from his previous marriage.

In lieu of an official pregnancy announcement, Gosselaar — who recently reunited with his Saved by the Bell cast for a skit on the Tonight Show — let his wife’s baby belly do the talking when the couple stepped out for an event in December.

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Fourth Child on the Way for Mark-Paul Gosselaar

12/12/2014 at 11:35 AM ET

Mark-Paul Gosselaar‘s family is growing again — and he couldn’t be happier.

“It’s something we’re really excited about and we’ve been planning for awhile,” the actor, 40, told PEOPLE at Thursday’s Disney on Ice presents Let’s Celebrate! in Los Angeles.

Gosselaar’s new addition is due in February and will be his second child with his wife, Catriona McGinn. The couple welcomed son Dekker Edward, now 14 months, in 2013 and the dad-to-be admits having back-to-back babies is working in their favor.

“We’re doing some tweaks to the house and some things to prepare for the room,” he explains. “But we’re old pros at this now. How do you prepare other than get as much sleep as you can?”

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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.
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Mark-Paul Gosselaar Welcomes Son Dekker Edward

09/30/2013 at 10:00 PM ET

Mark-Paul Gosselaar Welcomes Michael Bezjian/WireImage

It’s another Saved by the Bell baby!

Mark-Paul Gosselaar and wife Catriona McGinn welcomed their first child together on Monday, Sept. 30, his rep confirms to PEOPLE exclusively.

Son Dekker Edward Gosselaar was born at around noon in Los Angeles, Calif.

“We are overjoyed with the new addition to our family. We are madly in love with our little boy,” the Franklin & Bash star, 39, tells PEOPLE. “He is healthy and just perfect — all we could ask for.”

Although Gosselaar kept mum on what the couple were having while speaking to PEOPLE two weeks ago, he did share a little about their name choice. “It is not traditional and it is not too quirky. It is different, but it’s not something odd,” he said at the time.
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Mark-Paul Gosselaar: Baby’s Name Is ‘Not Traditional’

09/12/2013 at 11:00 AM ET

Mark-Paul Gosselaar Third Child Baby Name James Lemke Jr/Wireimage

Mark-Paul Gosselaar will soon be trading in his golf clubs for a diaper bag.

“My wife is two weeks away from giving birth so hopefully I’m not going to miss that today,” Gosselaar, 39, told PEOPLE at the 14th Annual Primetime Emmy Celebrity Tee-Off on Monday.

Eight months after tying the knot with advertising executive Catriona McGinn, Gosselaar — already dad to Ava Lorenn, 7, and Michael Charles, 9½ — announced that he and McGinn are expecting their first child together.

The Franklin & Bash star kept mum when asked if the baby was a girl or boy, but Gosselaar did hint, “I’m sure our baby will play golf.”

The proud parents-to-be already have their baby’s name all picked out. “It is not traditional and it is not too quirky. It is different, but it’s not something odd,” he shares.

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