updated 10/05/2009 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/07/2009 AT 7:45 AM ET
Guys, listen up. One of music’s hardest working rockers may have the solution to a happy home … even while away from home for months at a time.
“Honestly, I think the biggest thing is to do what we say we are going to do,” Chris Daughtry tells PEOPLE. “When we say we are not going out partying, don’t let them find out that you were out partying. We don’t party. We hang out … We’re not out hanging out with random girls and all this stuff. We entertain each other and keep each other in check.”
Daughtry, 29, caught up with PEOPLE on the set of his band’s new music video, “Life After You” from Leave This Town, about how he keeps his wife of nearly nine years, Deanna, and two kids, Hannah, 13, and Griffin, 11, not missing dad … much.