Joel Madden & Nicole Richie Know How to Do Date Night

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Joel Madden and Nicole Richie
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I don't make it a habit of calling out celebrities as excellent examples of parenting, but man, Joel Madden and Nicole Richie know how to do it.

The uber-cute couple -- who hooked up in 2007 and are now engaged to wed (but aren't telling exactly when!) -- have put aside their hard-partying past to play grown-up family.

The Good Charlotte frontman and Paris Hilton's former BFF -- who've got two little ones, daughter Harlow Winter Kate, 2, and son Sparrow James Midnight, eight months -- still know how to pull out all the stops for the occasional date night, like the pre-Oscar party in the picture here (check out her fabulous cobalt frock), or hanging out at Fashion Week in New York City.

But they also know how to play it casual, taking in a Lakers game or going for a beach-side run with some pals. Whatever the case, the pair make plenty of time for themselves, as a couple. Which really rocks.

And they still know how to hang with the fam, all cozy and old-school, often bringing Uncle Benji -- Joel's twin and Good Charlotte bandmate -- along for the ride.

Plus, Joel's such a proud papa. He asks little Harlow for her take on his latest efforts. "My daughter, she says yay or nay when I record a demo," Madden -- who has a new disc with Good Charlotte, Cardiology, due next month -- told the LA Times this week. "She gives me the honest reaction."

So cute. Anyway, so yeah. Joel Madden and Nicole Richie seem cool, like the charming, surprisingly functional little families I see when I take Babycakes to the park. A couple you could hang with. And a good reminder, post-baby, that you've got to make time for yourself and your significant other, too. Which reminds me, I've got tickets to book and reservations to make. Because my husband and I are about due for a date night of our own.

What celebrity couple would you want to do a double date night with?

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