August 26, 2016 03:15 PM

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When it comes to parenting tasks, Jeremiah Brent admits that things just took a natural course for himself and husband Nate Berkus.

“It’s so funny because as a parent you kind of just fall into your roles,” the designer, 31, told The Awesome News about the couple’s experiences with 17-month-old daughter Poppy. “Nate loves to change a diaper more than anybody should because he knows he’s instantly solved something.

“I’m the one that’s up all night and in the morning because I need barely any sleep,” adds Brent, who will star with Berkus, 44, in their first-ever home-design show this fall on TLC called Married to Design: Nate & Jeremiah. “I’m much more emotional and sensitive, Nate’s goofy.”

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Despite his emotional side, Brent has learned not to take his toddler’s words and actions to heart.

“I think I’ve mastered not taking anything personally,” he admits. “As a parent, you want to do everything right and make sure they’re happy, but the truth is they’re going through so many emotions, and you just want to keep them safe and show them how much beauty there is in the world.”

He’s also learned that any ideas for entertaining can sometimes go very far out the window when his independent daughter has other plans.

“There are times when I do something I think she’s going to love, and it winds up being the opposite,” Brent says. “I’m slowly understanding who she is. We planned this whole extravaganza for her birthday, and it turns out all she wanted was to be in the water and play.”

Though it’s no secret that Brent enjoys putting time and effort into planning events and designing dream spaces, the truth is he finds lots of joy in the quiet, simple times spent at home with Poppy and his husband.

“Every Saturday and Sunday morning, I go into Poppy’s nursery and bring her into our bed,” he shares. “We [lie] in bed, watch a couple of cartoons, and she tackles us, and for an hour — it’s the most peaceful thing, and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

“I never thought I would function with this type of vulnerability every day,” he adds of being a parent. “My only priority in life is to give her a safe environment to be herself in. It has changed the way I look at everything.”

Jen Juneau

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