James Van Der Beek of 'Dawson's Creek' Fame Shares Photos with His 5 Kids & Gives Parenting Tips in Adorable Post

Actor James Van Der Beek took to Instagram recently to share delightful photographs of himself with his five children — Olivia, Joshua, Annabel, Emilia, and Gwendolyn.

James, who is most famous for his portrayal of Dawson Leery in the hit series "Dawson's Creek," also gave parenting tips in his post.

"Sometimes nervous fathers-to-be ask me for advice, and I try to be careful, because every kid is different, and so is every dad," he wrote.

James Van Der Beek attended the Birthday Celebration for Keo Motsepe on November 30, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

James Van Der Beek attended the Birthday Celebration for Keo Motsepe on November 30, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images

James added, "But one thing that feels pretty universal... is the value in trying to be present, and treating each moment as an opportunity for connection."

In his post, the actor pointed out that spending time with your children is hugely significant. 

James admitted that "No father is perfect," yet in the event that the connection is your objective, you can't generally mess up. 

James Van Der Beek and wife Kimberly Brook attended the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 22, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Photo: Getty Images

James Van Der Beek and wife Kimberly Brook attended the 2017 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 22, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. | Photo: Getty Images

As of this writing, the post already amassed over 53,000 likes on the photo and video-sharing social networking service. A lot of fans also added their thoughts via comments.

One person wrote that James is such a wonderful father and that his children are very lucky. Another fan commented that the actor has such a positive outlook and a beautiful family. 

In October 2019, James and Kimberly announced that they were expecting their sixth child.

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Thrilled beyond belief to announce that another little bundle of joy has picked us to be their family. We chose to have our first ultrasound on camera with our #DWTS crew capturing the result - something I NEVER thought we’d ever do... but @vanderkimberly and I have been through three of those first appointments to discover either no heartbeat, or no baby, and she wanted to share this moment. Miscarriage (a word that needs a replacement - nobody failed to “carry”, these things sometimes just happen) is something that people rarely talk about, and often go through in secret. But there needs to be zero shame around it, or around giving yourself the time and space to grieve. We decided to put ourselves out there - not knowing what we’d find - in an effort to chip away at any senseless stigma around this experience and to encourage people who might be going through it to open themselves up to love & support from friends and family when they need it most. Happily, for us - this time- we walked out with tears of joy. #AndThenIDancedAQuickStep. • Pic by @jilliangoulding

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James has been happily married to business consultant Kimberly Brook since 2010, as reported by People.

The actor, who is a fan of the Green Bay Packers, was previously married to actress Heather McComb from 2003 until their separation in April 2009.

James filed for divorce in the fall of that year, which was finalized and enforced in spring 2010.

In October 2019, James and Kimberly announced that they were expecting their sixth child. Unfortunately, in November 2019, it was revealed that Kimberly had suffered a miscarriage.

Meanwhile, as reported by Pop Culture, James's children are big fans of his "Dancing With the Stars" performances.

James was one of the celebrities competing in the 28th season of DWTS, according to The Oprah Magazine.

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Sometimes nervous fathers-to-be ask me for advice, and I try to be careful, because every kid is different, and so is every dad. But one thing that feels pretty universal... is the value in trying to be present, and treating each moment as an opportunity for connection. Whether you’re on vacation in an RV or changing a diaper in a public restroom, celebrating a soccer goal or trying to calm them down when they’re crying or throwing up or hungry or angry or crazy or all of the above... if you look at the situation simply as the apparatus within which you get to forge a bond with your kid... you’ve won. Because you’ve created space for your own special brand of magic to kick in. No father is perfect - we’re all human and we all get overwhelmed at times - but if connection is your goal... you can’t really screw up. Even when you screw up. And you’ll probably find yourself happier than you ever have before.

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Paired with professional dancer Emma Slater, he was eliminated in the semi-finals, finishing in 5th place.

James's other notable projects are "Varsity Blues," "Texas Rangers," "Scary Movie,""Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back," "The Plague," and "Stolen."

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