Michael Strahan with twin daughters Sophia (left) and Isabella (right)
08/23/2013 AT 12:15 PM EDT
Former NFL star Michael Strahan, 41, may look tough, but he’s a pushover when it comes to his little girls, Sophia and Isabella, 8.
"I always have a tiara on my head," says the LIVE! with Kelly and Michael host. "I don't even argue. The times they spend with you, they will never forget."
He gives the fraternal twins one-on-one attention ("It's amazing!" he said of a recent trip to the American Girl doll store with Isabella). But he revels in their shared triumphs, like when they won a sheep-riding contest in North Dakota, where they live part-time with mom (Strahan's ex) Jean Muggli.
Time apart makes Strahan treasure them more.
"When they're both in my arms relaxing, I think, 'Don't change, don't grow up. This is perfect.'"