Matthew McConaughey is a doting dad to son Levi and 15-month-old daughter Vida. But that doesn’t mean it’s all fun and games – the Lincoln Lawyer star says he and partner Camila Alves aren’t afraid to show some tough love.
“Discipline is very cool. We run a tight and fun ship,” he said. “I’m very playful but parents have the advantage of being around for so much longer. If we’re going to sit there and teach our kids that life has consequences, they’re going to turn 18 and go out in their own world.”
Matthew believes in showing kids that they have a responsibility to show respect to those around them. “They’re going to find it the hard way. You do it early so they understand how the world works and what is expected of them, not only as a citizen, but as their family name, as a McConaughey, things like that,” he said.
But the actor thinks that not enough parents put an emphasis on discipline. “I’ve known too many kids – and some of them have been my friends – that did not turn out to be worth [anything] because the parents let them do whatever they wanted to do. They’ve turned out to be junk.”