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TODAY's Takeaway: Willie and BatDad share parenting tips

Sep. 25, 2013 at 1:36 PM ET

Michael J. Fox talks about his new show, Willie shares parenting tips and BatDad shows us how discipline is done.
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Michael J. Fox talks about his new show, Willie shares parenting tips and BatDad shows us how discipline is done.

1. BatDad’s the absolute coolest and he doesn’t even know it. Blake Wilson, the man behind the mask, told TODAY his superhero persona — a fun approach to teaching his kids manners — makes people smile because “it’s so stupid.”

"I'm just a normal dad with four kids and a wife having fun with them," said the father of four. "We live a very normal life."

Video: Blake Wilson, the man behind the mask of viral Vine video sensation BatDad, talks to TODAY about why he decided to make videos with funny parenting quips, launching him into cyber-superstardom.

2. Michael J. Fox, star of NBC’s upcoming “Michael J. Fox Show,” has become the face of Parkinson’s since he was diagnosed at age 30. He sat down with Willie, whose father also has the disease, to talk about it — and why no one should feel sorry for him.

"Your challenge can just be a new thing that pushes you to a new place,” Fox said. “When I thought about doing this show, it's like, why not? Why can't I? Why can't I?"

Video: The legendary actor Michael J. Fox sits down with TODAY’s Willie Geist to talk about his decision to dive back into the spotlight in “The Michael J. Fox Show” and how he’s used his celebrity to become the face of Parkinson’s disease.

3. Willie has said that his father, journalist Bill Geist, was the best dad a kid could have. Still, there were a few parenting tips Geist Sr. failed to share with his son — like how much nudity to expect around the house.

“Sometimes you’ll come home from work to find small naked bodies parading through your house,” Willie wrote in a piece for TODAY.com. “I mean that literally: your young kids will be naked and marching in a parade, instruments, batons, and all. The third or fourth time, you stop even noticing.”

He’s not the only anchor offering up parenting advice today: Jenna Wolfe, mom to little Harper, wrote about her path (less traveled) to motherhood, and Matt, Al and more of the family shared their advice for new parents.

“Prepare for chaos and complete lack of control,” Al said. “There’s nothing that you have done before that can possibly prepare you for parenthood.”

Video: The TODAY anchors, along with Jenna Bush Hager, Joy Bauer and Brooke Shields, share their joys, challenges and fears of being a parent — including the tips they wish they'd gotten when preparing for parenthood.

4. Paula Deen’s son, Jamie, stopped by to prepare pastas and desserts (like his decadent salted caramel pecan pie!), and took the opportunity to say that his mom is “doing really fantastic.”

“We’ve gotten tremendous love and support,” he told Matt. “We’ve been through challenges as a family before, and we’re going to be fine.’’

Video: Jamie Deen talks with TODAY’s Matt Lauer about how his mother, Paula Deen, is doing after she lost many of her corporate sponsors in the wake of a lawsuit alleging she made racist remarks. He also shows how he makes his special eggplant rigatoni, a family-friendly favorite.

5. It was a love fest for Hoda, Blake and Blake this morning as the country star stopped by the Fourth Hour. (Blake Shelton the man and Blake the Cockapoo, that is… you follow?)

“I love him,” the singer said of his namesake. “I’ve seen so many pictures of him that I feel like I know him.”

Video: Hoda blushes up a storm when country singer Blake Shelton swings by the studio. The coach of the NBC hit reality competition “The Voice” talks about his friendly rivalry with Adam Levine, his three-season winning streak, and his high hopes for his Season Five team – all with Hoda’s pooch, also named Blake Shelton, in his lap.

And that’s TODAY’s Takeaway!

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