There’s nothing more wonderful than two families who come together to make a beautiful blended family. And that’s exactly what happened when dad of two Alex Rodriguez started dating Jennifer Lopez, who’s a mom to her twin kids Emme and Max.
"We positioned what could be perceived as a negative into a positive by saying to the girls, 'Look, now you don't have one house, you have two houses,'" Rodriguez said in regards to his daughters Natasha and Ella on the podcast Raising the Bar.
"You don't have two parents; you have four parents. Lucky you. The more, the merrier,” he jokingly continued.
Rodriguez shares his children with his ex-wife Cynthia Scurtis, and he admits that having a blended family “takes some navigating.” But when he puts his kids first, Rodriguez realizes he starts to become a "more compassionate” and “more considerate" person.
He explained how they plan for the holidays, saying, "When I want to do things on Christmas with the girls, I may start asking for, not permission, but proactively in July, I may be talking about Christmas. Versus if I was in a different state of mind, I would drop it Dec. 15 and say, 'Hey, Cynthia, can I have the kids?'"
"So it's been a really, really nice experience for us,” A-Rod continued. “I'm very friendly with [Cynthia's husband] Angel, he's wonderful with my girls.”
Because of his relationship with his father, Rodriguez knew he wanted to be a good dad at a very young age.
"My father left me when I was 10 years old and I still have a hole in my heart because he left at that age,” the former baseball player said. “It was around the age of 11 that I made a promise to myself that I was going to be a great father whenever that moment came.”
Rodriguez kept that promise to himself and now he cherishes every moment that he gets to spend with his children.
"That is by far the most important thing in my life: my two beautiful girls, and now our four kids," he gushed about him and J.Lo’s brood.