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He's 'America's Dad' For A Reason

Emily McWilliams 11 Jul 2019

Tom Hanks has been affectionately dubbed "America's Dad", and off-screen he has raised four children of his own: Colin, Elizabeth, Chet, and Truman.

When he's not preparing for his next role, Tom has taken the time to share some parenting wisdom with us over the years.

As a father to four children, Tom quickly learned that no father-child relationship is the exact same.

"I get along with each [of my children] completely differently, and every relationship I have is a whole and complete one. But I know absolutely for certain that they need other people in their lives to come and stir them along,” he said.

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He's also faced hardships as a father like when his son, Chet, struggled with drug abuse.

"As a parent, you love your kids unconditionally. You support them every step of the way ... You got to applaud the bravery and honesty when it actually comes out of your own house,” he said.

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Despite the tough times, it seems that Tom has also taken a lighthearted approach to parenting.

"Every excursion is an adventure,” he said on being a dad to four children.

It certainly is!

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And this quote from Tom really sums up parenting on the whole.


"It’s like being caffeine-deprived for 18 years,” he once said.

Ha, ha! I'm sure a lot of parents can relate to that one. It's true — once you have kids, it's kind of like someone hit fast-forward on your life.

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