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Michael J. Fox: ‘Always Be Available to Your Kids’

04/15/2010 at 08:00 AM ET
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In a new interview with Reader’s Digest, dad-of-four Michael J. Fox quips that “it feels like five sometimes.”

The actor, 48, turns serious, however, when asked to provide parenting advice that begins with the word “always.”

“Always be available to your kids,” the author of Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist, suggests.

“Because if you say, ‘Give me five minutes, give me 10 minutes,’ it’ll be 15, it’ll be 20. And then when you get there, the shine will have worn off whatever it is they wanted to share with you.”

The extra effort almost always pays off.

“I’ve never gotten up to see something one of my kids wanted to show me and not been rewarded,” Fox adds.

Esmé Annabelle, 8, twins Aquinnah Kathleen and Schuyler Frances, 15, and Sam Michael, 20, are Fox’s children with wife Tracy Pollan.

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Elki on

What wise words! He is sooo right. I try to remember his words especially while surfing the net or reading the newspaper…

lily on

What simple, great advice. I love that!

Melissa on

Wow, what humbling words. I really admire Michael J Fox…he seems like an amazing father, husband, and an inspiring human being.

Jessica on

Well said!! Love it!

Anna on

I don’t agree with him. Sometimes there are more important things than doing what you child wants right away. It’s also good to teach them that sometimes you need to be patient.

Elki on

Anna, of course you are right and I think that his children have to wait in certain situations, too.
I assume he does not mean situations like “Oh mom, I want you to come and dance/read/color/eat… with me NOW” it is more like situations they want your attention because they found/saw/created something worth showing & sharing. That is when you should take some time.

CelebBabyLover on

At the risk of sounding weird, I love the fact that all of his children are with the same woman and that they are still married after 20+ years (going by their eldest child’s age). With that being such a rarity in Hollywood these days, it’s refreshing to see. :)

Alicia on

He’s such a nice guy!

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