In the Baby Zone with The Guncles
The Guncles—a.k.a. Bill Horn and Scout Masterson—first caught our attention on their pal Tori Spelling’s reality show, Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. The two men proved to be adoring uncles to Tori’s growing brood and gave TV viewers the chance to witness both their commitment ceremony and journey through open adoption. Now, the proud papas of 2-year-old Simone share their parenting prefs and sweetest moments.
What’s your golden rule of parenting?
Scout: We believe in sleep. We keep Simone, our daughter, she’s 2, on a pretty structured sleep schedule. We felt like it’s not fair to the child to keep them up super late.
Bill: She’s totally different if she doesn’t get a good night’s sleep.
Scout: I think, at least in our situation, if she doesn’t get her sleep she’s more like a Gremlin.
Bill: Some parents think that their kids have behavioral problems but it may be because they’re not on a sleep schedule.
Describe the best moment of parenting so far.
Scout: When she screams, “Dad!” That’s one of my favorite moments because I wasn’t sure that anyone would ever call me dad. That’s definitely special.
Bill: She just went to preschool for the first time yesterday so that was a great moment. She walked into her class and was like, “Later!” She totally ignored us.
Scout: She’s very independent!
And the worst?
Bill: Sleep deprivation—that first three or four months and what it does to you. It’s not just that you don’t sleep— it literally changes your personality.
Best advice you ever got?
Bill: Sleeping was actually one of the things a very good friend of ours talked about.
Scout:Yes, the gift of sleep. And also just that every child is different so you have to find what works for your family. We especially believe this, there isn’t a black and white way to raise a child. Find that groove that works for you.
What’s the one thing you can’t live without?
Bill: I’m tempted to say our Origami Stroller. You know what, I have to say this, not just because we work with the company, but when she was born, the mamaRoo was the only way we could go to the bathroom or take a shower. That thing was like Baby Ambien. I have to say the mamaRoo. Even if we didn’t work with them I’d be running out to get one. And we will be getting another one when we have a second.
Finish this sentence: You know you’re in the Baby Zone when…
Scout: …you can’t remember if you ate a meal or not.
Bill: … you now go to bed when you used to go out for dinner. At 8 o’clock we’re in bed and in the old days that’s when we’d be finishing our showers.
Scout: Our reservations would be at 8 o’clock. We laugh about it. We say 5 is the new 8.
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