You may remember him as Jennifer Aniston’s eccentic brother in The Break-Up or you may have caught him in Yes Man or Fed Clause – John Micheal Higgins that is! Through conversations with one of John’s reps, I discovered that he is a huge fan of Graco. In fact, most recently Mr. Higgins was seen pushing a Graco Twin Ipo and strapping his daughter into the Graco Nautilus Car Seat!
Since John has been so pleased with his Graco products and is truly a doting daddy – I asked if he would be interested in answering some parenting questions for the Graco blog. He so kindly accepted and opened his heart to us in this very sweet interview…
What is your favorite part about being a Dad?
I find my children to be almost endlessly inventive. I’m 46; it’s hard for me to imagine life as a constant stream of surprises and novelties. I love watching them engage with life as if it were really a miracle, which they have no trouble believing. Short answer, they keep me young.
What was your latest wondrous moment with your child?
Little Walter just asked yesterday to sit on the potty. Unprompted. He sat, he waited, then peed. I was gobsmacked. Next he’ll ask for the car keys, I suppose.
What is the biggest thing you have learned now that you are a Dad?
Well, it’s quite clearly not about me anymore, is it? I’m not at all the most interesting or important thing in the room. Tell that to a single 26-year-old. I’ve gone from Legend In My Own Mind to a slightly ridiculous shambling figure holding a dirty diaper and a little Day-Glo pony.
Is there a family tradition you are passing down to your child or have you started a new one with your own family?
Yes, the old Higgins family tradition of a total disregard for cleanliness. Actually, I remembered watching Disney on Sunday nights with my family when I was little, so we’re trying to watch something together on Sunday nights. Doesn’t sound very special, but we watch so little TV that it has a sort of novelty in our house.
What is your favorite children’s book?
So many. I like Chris Raschka’s THINGY THING books, starting with WHALEY WHALE. I like THE DOUBTFUL GUEST by Edward Gorey. I just finished chapter reading Nicholas Edwards’ SANTA PAWS to my 4 yr-old; big hit. Mauice Sendak remains the unrivaled master with WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE because he alone, to this day, wrote the whole child, warts and all, in Max. Still shocking after 46 years. And my 2-yr -old knows it, he doesn’t need my opinion to see it.
What’s your favorite time of the time with your child?
I’m going to go for 7 AM with little Walter. When he wakes up he’s so full of talk and ideas and songs and jokes. Needless to say, I’m not. Very entertaining. With Maisie, 4 1/2, it’s bedtime. She really thinks about her day and sort of “journals” out-loud about it. Fascinating. Very cute, of course, both of them.
What is your favorite Graco product?
We’ve been using our Quattro Tour Duo Stroller (Milan, if you please) to within an inch of its life. I frankly can’t imagine a world without it; it’s too awful to contemplate. THE ABUSE that that stroller has endured! What do you make them out of, Kryptonite? Walter also loves his Cozy Cline SafeSeat because he can lie back. But I’m moving him up to the Nautilus now. It goes so fast! Can’t you make a car seat that keeps them as cute as they are right now until I push a button or something and then they grow a little? Why can’t Graco figure out a way for parents to control how fast their little perfect babies age? Come on, If you figured out the Quattro that should be a no-brainer!