January 17, 2011 05:00 PM

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There is one area of expertise that actor Taye Diggs will never add to his resume: handy man!

Fortunately Diggs’ wife Idina Menzel has a way of making the first-time father feel useful around the house — especially when it comes to the couple’s 16-month-old son Walker Nathaniel.

“My wife never throws anything at me that I can’t handle,” Diggs, 40, tells Good Housekeeping.

“I’m very proud of putting together a simple plastic slide for Walker. I feel like the king of the world.”

And although he’s admittedly “not very handy around the house,” the Private Practice star instead concentrates his efforts on pampering Menzel.

“After you’ve been together for so long and had kids, you’ve done all the stereotypical romantic stuff — chocolate and flowers,” he explains.

“It becomes what’s valuable to the other person in that moment, which for my wife is giving her a break — like, by handling bath time.”

That said, even Diggs has trouble believing his daddy duty accomplishments.

“I never thought I’d be caught doing the grunt work — stroller in one hand and diaper bag in the other,” he says. “I always thought I’d have everything worked out, but when you’re in it, you’re not thinking about looking cool.”

However, even through the toughest parts of parenthood, Diggs and Menzel still manage to find the humor in it all.

“We sing to Walker; we’re always making up songs — about poop, snot, the car seat,” he reveals. “We’re both musical people, and my mother raised [my siblings and me] with songs about brushing our teeth, so that’s definitely something that’s being handed down.”

— Anya Leon

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