Rio Ferdinand admits he is ‘strict and hands on’ as a parent to his four children

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Rio Ferdinand has admitted he can be quite a strict parent to his four children but loves to be hands-on.

The former footballer, who enjoyed a date night with wife Kate recently, said he plays a role in changing nappies and supporting his family.

Speaking to The Sun, the 42 year old said: "I’m quite hands on, I think Kate would say the same. I don’t mind changing the nappies at all, bath times and stuff are great, also a bit of cooking when I can, I don’t mind doing that as well."

When asked about his parenting style, he added: "Yeah I am quite strict. I think it’s finding the balance really.

"You’ve got to be strict, but you’ve got to allow the kids to have a good time and enjoy themselves, within reason.

"When it comes to things like snacks, it’s doing it at the right time and controlling the amounts when they’re young kids.

"My kids are good like that, we’ve got them into a good routine. When we watch football or watch a movie, that’s our snack time and we love it."

Rio is dad to children Lorenz, 14, Tate, 12, and Tia, 10, from his previous marriage to his late ex Rebecca, as well as six month old baby Cree who he shares with wife Kate Ferdinand.

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The television personality recently celebrated his spouse Kate's 30th birthday and paid tribute to her with a gushing tribute.

The former Manchester United star branded his wife "Wonder Woman" as he shared snaps of himself and Kate on Instagram.

In the gorgeous photos Rio is smiling widely while taking the selfie as his former The Only Way Is Essex star wife leans into her beloved husband.

Rio and Kate are glowing with happiness and are even in matching outfits as they are both wearing white shirts.

The second image sees Rio looking lovingly at his wife who is stood in front of him and smiling, showing they are just as loved-up as ever.

In a caption surrounded by red heart emojis he penned: "Happy 30th birthday to my Wonder Woman.

"Thank you for being you x The most love," he said.

Kate and Rio wed in a stunning ceremony on the coast of Turkey in September 2019. The blonde babe then gave birth to the couple's first child, Cree, in December.

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