Alan Thicke is all about dispensing words of wisdom these days.
The Growing Pains alum will again add a little sparkle to Monday's episode of How I Met Your Mother, returning to play "the role I was born to play" — himself, the actor tells TVGuide.com. Thicke, of course, previously appeared in the third season, making a cameo as Robin Sparkles' pop in her "Sandcastles in the Sand" music video.
Off-screen, Thicke has written How to Raise Kids Who Won't Hate You, offering some humorous guidance on parenting. A proud father of three and grandfather — with another grandbaby on the way by son Robin Thicke — the 62-year-old explains how the book serves to "memorialize" his children's upbringing.