Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps says being a father has taught him patience.
As People reports, the 33-year-old has two boys with his wife, Nicole Johnson Phelps. They are Boomer Robert, 2, and Beckett Richard, 1. In February, the couple announced they are now expecting their third child together.
Although the couple is hoping for a girl, Phelps says he won’t be upset if it turns out to be another boy. However, he thinks things may become chaotic.
“If we get lucky enough to have a third boy, it is going to be craziness in our house.”
However, Phelps says his two boys have definitely taught him patience.
“I thought I knew the word ‘patience.’ [Kids] give you a whole new definition.”
Further, Phelps told People that Boomer is even enforcing that he follow lessons they’ve taught him.
For example, Phelps said:
“We taught Boomer this little lion-breath-type thing — when he is frustrated, he takes a lion breath. He saw me frustrated the other day so he told me to take a lion breath.”
The well-known athlete also shared that both of his sons are “fearless in the water” like himself. However, he doesn’t plan to force anything on them.
“I want them to find their own self and their own passion. If they want to be a swimmer, great, but I want them to do it for them. I never want to have them living in my footsteps because it is not fair to them.”
Following the announcement regarding the couple’s third child, Phelps said in an interview with People that he and his wife are “just getting started” with parenting.
The athlete said that they are both looking forward to the journey ahead and have a lot to learn in the years to come. He said that in the end, it all comes down to patience.