Life at Erin and Ben Napier’s dwelling shouldn’t be all the time fairly the blissful “Home Town” scene viewers may think as they mum or dad two busy, daring and imaginative little women. In a brand new interview, the HGTV stars opened up about a number of the sudden challenges they’ve confronted as comparatively new dad and mom, from sibling rivalry to play time. Here’s the news on what the Napiers shared…
The Napiers Say Their Toddler ‘Only’ Bites Her Big Sister
In a newly-released video interview with US Weekly correspondent Christina Garibaldi, the Napiers gave some perception into what it is like at dwelling currently with their daughters, four-year-old Helen and 16-month-old Mae.
Recorded on September 16, 2022, when the Napiers gave a makeover to their native Salvation Army shelter, the HGTV stars mentioned that they’ve adjusted fairly effectively to parenting two children, however that it may be a bit chaotic at occasions.
When requested how Helen is adjusting to her little sister getting larger, Ben mentioned, “She’s an unimaginable massive sister, however we nonetheless have some jealousy.”
“We’re attempting to share toys and that is very onerous,” Erin added. “They’re beginning to play collectively and that is thrilling as a result of Mae is nearly a yr and a half and she or he needs to say issues and do issues and take issues from her sister. So, they’re having enjoyable and taking part in collectively, however they’re additionally having a little bit jealousy over toys.”
“And mama,” Ben quipped.
“And mama,” Erin agreed. “Always.”
Ben additional defined, “If considered one of them is in mama’s lap, the opposite one is coming proper there!”
And whereas Helen can talk her frustration, the dad and mom admitted little Mae typically resorts to bodily attempting to get her manner.
“Mae bites Helen and nobody else!” Erin exclaimed.
“Yeah, she will not chunk anyone else, however she’ll chunk her sister,” Ben mentioned as Erin laughed. “Which shouldn’t be, like, an excellent factor however…”
Erin Says She’s ‘Not Good at Playing’
In their US Weekly interview, the Napiers admitted they do not miss their women being newborns. In truth, they really desire the so-called “horrible twos.”
“I do not miss the new child stage,” Erin laughed.
“Nah,” Ben agreed, “everyone talks concerning the horrible twos. We cherished two with Helen.”
With each women, they discovered the stage from 9 to 14 months was roughest.
“It was the toughest factor on the planet,” Ben admitted.
“They wish to stroll, they wish to speak they usually simply cannot do it the best way they wish to,” Erin mentioned. “They’re very annoyed on a regular basis. We’re loving…toddlerhood has been superior. I like having toddlers.”
The couple shared that they every have their very own parenting strengths; they mentioned Ben’s nice at taking part in like a giant child, whereas Erin’s higher at educating.
“He is extraordinarily good at taking part in,” she mentioned. “He’ll get on the ground and make up video games with the toy horses they usually go exterior they usually go fishing. And I like educating Helen methods to prepare dinner, displaying them methods to paint, displaying them how to attract.”
“I’m not good at taking part in,” she admitted. “And I really feel unhappy about that.”
Ben tried to elucidate why he thinks he’s extra inclined to have interaction in imaginative play with the ladies than his spouse is.
“Erin is the youngest on either side of her household,” he mentioned. “After Erin, there was not one other child born till Jim and Mallorie had Lucy,” Ben mentioned, referring to Erin’s cousin Jim and his spouse — Erin’s finest good friend Mallorie. “So, Erin did not spend loads of time with little children.”
“I have not spent loads of time with children. I actually have not,” she agreed.
Meanwhile, Ben mentioned he spent plenty of time with youthful siblings, cousins, his nephew, and with the children at his church when he was a youth minister. He finally left that job to pursue woodworking and renovation, however they each agreed he is a giant child at coronary heart.
“You’re like an knowledgeable at play,” she mentioned.