Cheryl lays down the law to strug­gling dad Liam

As 24-year-old Liam Payne ad­mits he strug­gled to find his place in fam­ily life af­ter baby Bear’s birth, Cheryl lays out her par­ent­ing ‘com­mand­ments’ – and she is strict!

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Last week, Liam Payne can­didly opened up about the feel­ings many men go through as new fa­thers – say­ing he strug­gled to find his place in the fam­ily af­ter Cheryl gave birth to baby Bear.

‘A mother and child is the most beau­ti­ful thing to watch, but they’re the clos­est thing ever – and you’ll never be as close,’ he said. ‘A lot of dads feel put out in that sense. I didn’t re­ally feel put out, but I was like, “Where’s my place?”’

He went on to ad­mit he was ‘des­per­ate to find out what

I was meant to do’ and that he set­tled on cook­ing for Cheryl, while she fed Bear, who turned one in March.

As Liam grap­ples with the stresses of fa­ther­hood, Cheryl, 34, has com­pletely taken charge – and has given her part­ner ‘com­mand­ments’ for Bear’s up­bring­ing.

‘De­spite Liam’s strug­gles, Cheryl has a very fixed idea on bring­ing up Bear to­gether, so that he grows up in a sta­ble en­vi­ron­ment,’ says a source close to the cou­ple. ‘She doesn’t want him to go off the rails.’

Cheryl has laid down a strict set of rules for Liam to fol­low.

‘Liam joked they were the 10 com­mand­ments,’ says the in­sider.

Cheryl’s list of par­ent­ing dos and don’ts in­cludes no dum­mies, no junk food, no fizzy drinks, no OTT gifts, no plas­tic bot­tles and re­stricted TV time. She is also de­ter­mined to de­velop Bear’s aca­demic and emo­tional in­tel­li­gence, and has told Liam to work on his so­cial skills, hand-eye co­or­di­na­tion and to al­ways read to him at bed­time.

She wants Bear to have good man­ners and says she will start potty train­ing soon and have him dry by the age of two.

‘Cheryl wants to keep Bear grounded and nor­mal, and for him to grow up with an open mind to to­day’s world,’ says the source. ‘She is also de­ter­mined he will never see any ten­sion be­tween her and

Liam, say­ing there is to be no an­gry be­hav­iour in front of their boy.’

Yet the for­mer Girls Aloud singer’s rules have caused ten­sion in the TweedyPayne house­hold, be­cause Liam is much more laid back.

‘Liam wants his lit­tle Bear to be a bit of a rule-breaker,’ says the source. ‘He doesn’t be­lieve in wrap­ping a kid up in cot­ton wool. He is will­ing to meet Cheryl half­way, but says when he is in charge, it is “Daddy time”, and it won’t be all car­rot sticks and count­ing.

‘He wants Bear to grow up well-bal­anced and not a spoilt brat, but he thinks Cheryl’s rules are over the top – he says the Beck­hams’ kids seem lovely and they grew up with priv­i­lege.’

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