By peoplestaff225
Updated March 07, 2008 10:37 PM

Speaking to MTV News earlier this week, Good Charlotte's Joel Madden, 28, admitted that although he and Nicole Richie, 26, had read the parenting books, they've found you really must just jump right in after the baby is born. With the arrival of "amazing" 8-week-old daughter Harlow Winter Kate — who "laughs and plays already!" — that's exactly what the couple did.

The turnaround for the couple, young Hollywood fixtures themselves, has been one they felt they needed to make to provide a strong family foundation for their daughter.

Click below for Joel's thoughts on Nicole as a mom, being a pushover, and how being a parent will change his songwriting for Good Charlotte.

Echoing her father Lionel's statements, Joel admits Nicole has taken him aback with her dedication to her daughter — even if sometimes he puts a kink in her routine!

Joel even finds his personal life becoming enmeshed with his work. He and identical twin brother Benji are starting to begin work on a follow-up to last year's Good Morning Revival. The last album from Good Charlotte was a much more serious and mature record than their previous efforts, and Joel expects the trend to continue.

Source: MTV

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