The Mentalist Star Tim Kang on Child Safety

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Modern Mom snagged an exclusive interview with one of the stars of the hit CBS show "The Mentalist." Tim Kang is a new dad who has decided to join the campaign for children's safety. Here's what this budding young actor had to say.
 
How did you get involved with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children?

I expressed some interest in getting involved and had the honor of being invited to speak at the NCMEC Hope Awards and present the Courage Award to Ben Ownby.

Why is it an important cause to you?

It's been said that our children are our greatest natural resource.  I feel like we should always be working to protect that natural resource as they are also the most vulnerable to people who want to harm them.

What is the best safety tip we can teach our children?

The old standby has become the old standby for good reason and that is to never talk to strangers or reveal any personal information.  Besides mom or dad, look for people who can help, such as a uniformed police officer or a mother with children.

What is most surprising about being a new dad?

How fast time flies when I'm with my daughter.  She is so beautiful and so much fun that, in the blink of an eye, an hour has gone by, an entire day has gone by.

What is something most people don’t know about you?

You probably don't need to know this, but some of my favorite foods include the stuff we usually throw away…gizzards, tripe, liver. Yeah, you definitely didn't need to know that. [laughs]

Describe your parenting style in one word.

Patient.

What is the best piece of parenting advice you ever got?

The only thing you can do as a parent is to raise them to the best of your ability. The rest is up to them.

What has been your favorite role to date?

Agent Kimball Cho on “The Mentalist,” of course!

How have you changed since becoming a parent?

I am much more aware of my behavior and the example I am setting for my daughter.

Is there anything else you would like to add?
It truly is an honor to be working with Ernie Allen and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.  It's a commitment that I take very seriously.  Keeping our kids safe needs to start at home between parent and child, but in a lot of ways, protecting our children is also a team effort.  I'm proud to be a part of that team.

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