The 57-year-old actor, who became a father again in April this year, after his second wife Emma Heming gave birth to daughter Mabel Ray, insists that raising Rumer, 23, Scout, 20, and Tallulah, 18, has prepared him well for bringing up a fourth child.
“Sometimes I have to resist the urge to speak. I learned it from dealing with my kids. That''s my number one rule. It applies in life. But it''s more about being a father. I''d rather hear what they have to say.
You learn more by listening... (It) is just a matter of not equating drama with actions that will help them. Teach them to shun drama,” the Daily Express quoted him as telling Esquire magazine.
“You have to give them a code. Beginning with things like ‘Don’t bite people.’ That becomes something like ‘It’s not okay to be mean. Ever.’ That was our watchword when the girls were younger. “Take responsibility for when you are wrong. . .They hear you own up, and they learn to own up,” he added.