As Father Day approaches, country stars are reflecting on what it means to be a parent, especially what sort of father their own children would say they are. In Alan Jackson’s household, he’s the fun parent to his three daughters with wife Denise.
“We try to be just not pushy hands on parents,” he said. “We let them live and be their own way. I’m not stern with them. I’m funny and light, and try to give them guidance and let them live and learn their own ways. That’s something my parents did. It was accidental, but that’s what they did.”
For Keith Urban, he first has to wrap his head around the fact that he’s “Dad” to young daughters Sunday Rose and Faith Margaret. “The first thing is probably just having someone call you dad,” he said. “I’m like, ‘Omigosh! I’m her dad! That’s amazing.’”
Keith appreciates being a father even more since he waited so long to become one. “I didn’t have kids ‘til later on, and being around it is not the same as having them,” he said. “I realize that it’s not something that can be explained until you actually have it, so I’m glad I got to experience that.”
As for Darius Rucker, he too wins the title of “fun” parent. He’s not afraid to step in and be the bad guy though, something his three children are well aware of. Most importantly, they know he loves them.
“I’m all fun until it’s not fun anymore and then Daddy’s not the fun guy,” he said. “I think that they’d say I was a fun Dad, I’m a loving Dad and I think they would say that. I’m gone so much that when I’m home, I just shower love upon my kids. I say ‘I love you’ probably fifty times a day. We hug, we kiss all the time. I’m always wanting them to know how much I love them. So I’d hope they’d say that I was a loving dad.”