The moment he had a daughter, he began to change. His perspective changed and he gained a newfound respect for women.
He may play a good and real man in The Italian Job but it's Mark Wahlberg's daughters that made him a "good and real" man off-screen.
The 48-year old actor is a father to four children - Ella Rae, Grace Margaret, Michael, and Brendan Joseph. And as much he loves all his children equally, he truly believes that his daughters played a role in making him such a man. In an interview with Redbook Magazine, when he was asked about whether he wants his daughters to be tough, he replied, "They are! They are very strong, smart, and independent. Having two daughters changed my perspective on a lot of things, and I definitely have a newfound respect for women."
Continuing, he said, "And I think I finally became a good and real man when I had a daughter. Women don't get the credit they deserve. I was at my daughter's ballet class and I was on the phone making a business call and watching her on the monitor, and I realized how hard it is to work and be there for your kids. As far as I'm concerned, there's no job more important on the planet than being a mom."
But that doesn't mean he doesn't take his role as a dad to his four kids seriously. "I think, for the most part, I had a pretty good childhood. It wasn't until we got older that we realized we didn't have what a lot of other people had," he told Esquire Magazine, reported ABC News.
He wants his kids to understand the value of certain things like education seeing as he wants better for his children than he had, like getting an education. Only recently did the Ted actor receive his high school equivalency diploma online. "I can't tell my kids to go to school and get an education if I don't have a diploma," he told Esquire. "They'd start thinking, why do we need to go? You didn't go and you turned out all right. But I'm proud to have it. If I want to go on and further my education and study film or whatever, I can do that."
Additionally, he tries to instill good habits in them, to keep them from becoming spoiled, courtesy of him being famous. "I worry that maybe they won't appreciate things," he told Esquire about his children's plentiful life. "I worry that maybe they'll have a sense of entitlement. You don't wanna give your kids everything without giving them the tools to be great people."
But that's not the only thing that worried him. With his daughters, he feared the day they start going out on dates. “I’m dreading the teenage years with my daughters; it’s not going to be easy for them to go on a date,” he said to People at the time of the article's publication.
When his 14-year-old daughter started expressing interest in boys, the actor stated that he was okay with it but he wanted to know who she was hanging out with and how the boys' parents were according to the Live Kelly and Ryan show in 2014.
But Mark reveals just exactly how much this transparency is important to him especially regarding his relationship with his children. Talking to Esquire, he said, "I think the most important thing is to always be involved in every aspect of their life. To give them enough trust that they can share things with you. I don't want them to be terrified of me, you know? But I don't want them to think they can do whatever they want and get away with it, either, because they can't."
Well, it looks like the actor is doing his parenting right!