Michelle Ward and Michael Y. Park
October 19, 2009 10:00 AM

Forget clubbing or fronting Good Charlotte – the most fun thing in Joel Madden‘s life right now is being a dad.

“I love kids, I love working with kids, I love being around kids,” he said at the Noble Awards in Beverly Hills on Sunday.

And daughter Harlow enjoys being a big sister to 1-month-old Sparrow James Midnight, who was born in September to Madden, 30, and Nicole Richie.

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“She loves it. She’s so happy, she’s just psyched,” he said. “She totally gets it. It fit in perfectly there – hasn’t been a hitch.”

In fact, it’s even easier than the first time round.

“Well, one, it’s a boy – so you’re not as precious,” he said, “so he’s going to be a little tougher.”

But Sunday night, it was all about the award Madden was receiving for his work with The Art of Elysium – though it was more important to him that it was presented to him by his children’s mother and her father, Lionel Richie, while his twin brother, Benji, watched.

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“They are just as much a part of it,” he said. “Nicole does just as much as I do with Art of Elysium and all the charities we work with. And so does Benj – Benj actually does more then I do, and he plays the guitar better then I do, so he is a little more entertaining for the kids.”

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