John Stamos believes the best part of his day is when he and his 3-year-old son Billy make coffee together.
“He says, ‘Let’s go in the kitch,’ and he helps me make coffee,” Stamos, 58, shared with PEOPLE this week. “Then he likes to come into my office and go through the drawers looking for treats. I call him King Stamo because he rules!”
Stamos, who married Caitlin McHugh Stamos in 2018, says it is the tiny moments that mean the most.
“I always wanted to have kids, but I didn’t think I’d meet the right person,” Stamos recalls. “And maybe I felt like well, I have everything, I shouldn’t be greedy.”
Stamos credits Caitlin to “straightening up” the actor’s life.
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“I wasn’t deserving of it yet I think. But six years ago, I sobered up and I became a better person. And when Caitlin came around, I recognized it immediately. I said, ‘I have to be good for that to make it work.’”
“I know who I am certainly by 57 now,” Stamos shared back in June to E! News’ Daily Pop. “It’s been close to six years in June that I sobered up,” Stamos continued. “I never could have been a father during some of the more – some of it was really fun and some of it got to be very unhealthy.”
“I forget what the magic ratio is, but I think it’s about having more positive reactions over negative,” says Caitlin, 35, on the subject of date nights and reconnecting to PEOPLE. “It’s nice to connect over something else — it’s not always about the kid. We’re still trying to find the balance!”
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And when it comes to date nights, the two try to get out as much as possible.
“We surprise each other,” he says. “Last week, she took me to the Lavender Festival and I absolutely loved it. The simplest things are what we strive to get back into. We can’t imagine what life is like without the little guy, but we dip our toe in. And then we go home to a screaming child!”
And at the end of the day, the chaos, the sleepless nights, all of it “is what I always wanted,” says Stamos. “My dreams came true 100 times over.”
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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