Adorable! Check out Mark Wahlberg, 42, on the cover of Esquire Magazine’s June/July “fatherhood issue,” with one of his sons on his shoulders.
The Transformers: Age of Extinction star looks handsome, as always, and chill in his signature look—jeans and a tee—and a cool-dad leather jacket. Son Michael, nicely dressed in casual jeans, a bright tee and those awesome boots, grasps Dad’s chest with his little hands.
Mark and his wife, Rhea Durham, have four kids—Ella, 10, Michael, 8, Brendan, 5, and Grace, 4—so he definitely has a lot to share about being a dad.
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“I think the most important thing is to always be involved in every aspect of their life,” Mark tells Esquire in an article entitled “Mark Wahlberg: The Modern Fatherhood of a Street Kid.” “To give them enough trust that they can share things with you. I don’t want them to be terrified of me, you know? But I don’t want them to think they can do whatever they want and get away with it, either, because they can’t.”
“The biggest thing for me is, you know, as quickly as I was able to turn it around, to get from there to here, from me having nothing as a kid to me here now, providing everything for my kids, it’s like, I worry that maybe they won’t appreciate things,” he says.
“I worry that maybe they’ll have a sense of entitlement,” he adds. “You don’t wanna give your kids everything without giving them the tools to be great people.”
Mark also believes setting a good example is key: So, since he wanted his kids to get an education, he went back to school and got his GED last year (he had dropped out of high school at age 14). “I can’t tell my kids to go to school and get an education if I don’t have a diploma,” he says. “They’d start thinking, ‘why do we need to go? You didn’t go and you turned out all right.’ But I’m proud to have it. If I want to go on and further my education and study film or whatever, I can do that.”
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Check out the whole story, and all the sweet pics, in the Esquire fatherhood issue, on stands May 27.
And you can read Mark’s op-ed about going back to high school, and the work he’s doing with the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation (and other organizations) to help kids across the US complete their education, here.
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