Hard rocker Jon Bon Jovi wants his kids to be hard workers

06/17/2007 at 04:48 PM ET
After more than 20 successful years in music, Jon Bon Jovi knows the meaning and value of hard work, something he wishes to pass onto his kids, Stephanie Rose, 14, Jesse James Louis, 12, Jacob Hurley, 5, and Romeo Jon, 3, with his wife of 18 years, Dorothea. Determined to keep them grounded, the 45-year-old rocker wants to teach them a good work ethic and not to spoil them with the finer things in life just because he can – his kids have never had credit cards and only recently got cell phones.
If they see my work ethic, maybe that will instill that in them. I work hard at whatever I do, whether it’s the football team, the philanthropic work or making records.
Jon hopes Stephanie will learn that this summer during her internship at Interview magazine in New York City. The lifelong New Jersey denizen, who will soon relocate the clan to the city for "stimulation" and in support of Stephanie’s pursuit of a fashion career, surmises her experience will be much like his first gig at his cousin Tony Bongiovi’s Power Station recording studio, where he had to start from the ground up.
Believe me, it wasn’t all that romantic. It wasn’t like Mick Jagger said, ‘Come on in, sit down.’ He said, ‘Get me a f***in’ cup of coffee and get out.’ I’m intending for it to be more like that for her.
As he and Bon Jovi prepare to release their 10th studio album, Lost Highway, on Tuesday, Jon admits he has no clue what his children think of his music after all these years.
I don’t know. I do sometimes corner them in the car on the way to school and ask them what they think about a mix of a new song, but I never make them listen to a whole record. I’ve heard Richie [Sambora] and Dave [Bryan] say they played their kids a DVD of our old concerts from 20 years ago, and they were laughing. But I’ve never done that.
Should he travel back down memory lane with them, Jon believes his kids would too be in hysterics over his killer ’80s mane and get-ups.
Sure they would. I laugh at it – it’s part of growing up in public.


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tink1217 on

Bon Jovi is my all time favorite band. So, hearing Jon talk about his kids makes me smile. I am glad in this priviledged world of HOllywood there are some parents that still believe in hard work and work ethic. I bet his kids are well rounded, ambitious, hard working, and charitable. Just like he is. Its amazing in the world of rock for a couple to be together as long as they have been. Can’t wait for their new album this week!! And, of course…the tour!! I will be there front and center!

alisa on

and bon jovi has a DVD out now…Lost Highway:The Concert DVD!! holla


Terri on

I am jon’s absolute no doubt about it most devoted fan in the entire universe. If his kids turn out half as well rounded and secure as their parents, they will be an asset to this world as well. I love you Jon.