Joe Swash speaks out on people ‘judging’ him as a parent: ‘I still doubt myself’

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As Joe Swash, 39, is set to become a father for the third time, he has a shared some poignant advice for first-time parents. The presenter is already a dad to two sons – Harry, 13, from a previous relationship and one-year-old Rex, whom he shares with fiancee Stacey Solomon.

People are always going to judge

Joe Swash

As the couple are set to welcome another bundle of joy into their growing household, Joe opened up about the challenges of parenting, giving first time mums and dads a little advice that it’s OK not to get everything right.

In a new interview, the former EastEnders star admitted there will always be judgement from strangers, which can form doubts.

And in his case, it still happens despite years of experience being a dad.

“I’d say to any new parent out there that there’s no book to follow,” Joe began.

“There’s no right or wrong answers or right or wrong way of doing it.

“As a parent, you’re always doubting yourself.

“You’re always doubting if you’re doing the right thing or not. But you’ve just got to sort of go with your gut.”

Joe went on: “People are always going to judge and people are always going to have their own opinions on parenting and how to raise a child.”

He admitted he’s still learning about parenting, explaining: “But as long as you love your kids unconditionally and as long as they know you would do anything for them, then that’s the most important thing.

“I still doubt myself, but that’s only normal. And it’s normal to feel a little overwhelmed sometimes.”

Stacey and Joe recently announced that they are having a little girl, a moment that he described as “magical” after having been surrounded by boys for the past 13 years.

He is also a proud step-dad to her two sons, Zachary, 12, and Leighton, 9.

“It was a magical moment in my life when I found out we were having a little girl,” he told The Mirror.

“Me and Stacey have both experienced having children before we met each other and to share the experience of having our first girl together is just so exciting.”

He beamed: “I don’t even have the words!”

His excitement was evident as he confessed he’d been already practicing hairstyles for when she grows up.

“We’re so used to having boys,” he laughed

“It’s going to be a total gear change from having boys and wanting to wrestle and fight you all the time!”

He added: “Our house is going to be a little bit calmer hopefully with a little girl. The boys are beyond excited about having a little sister finally.

“She’s going to be so well looked after. She’s going to have four big brothers that are going to be doting on her.”

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