Candid Quotes About Fatherhood From Tyler Perry

“When I think about my father, I’m trying to look at it now through the lens of this beautiful person that I’m raising, but it makes it harder because I wonder how could you be so cruel to something so pure, right? And [Aman] looks just like me, so I’m looking at myself in younger pictures.”

On Perspective

“Just because he was born into privilege doesn’t mean he won’t have to work. He was born broke; he’s got to go to work. He’s got to find his own way. I’ll be there to help guide him, but he’s not going to have everything handed to him.”

On The Magic Of Parenting

“Just having an opportunity to mold a great human being is a wonderful thing. To help nurture and cultivate his life, in whatever wonderful thing he is going to be, is really awesome.”

On Bedtime Stories

“I don’t do characters with the books, but he’s into ‘Paw Patrol’ right now, so every night he gets three books [because] I tell him, ‘I’m only reading three tonight.’ And what he’ll do is bring 10, but we only get three, so we’ll read the three, and then I say, ‘OK, you have to go to bed now.’ And he’ll say, ‘Read them again. You said three, so just keep reading these three.’ Pretty smart already!”

On How His Son Changed Him

“He really has changed my life. He’s so beautiful and strong and amazing. And he’s a … healer for me, ’cause I look at him and see myself as a little boy. And I’m able to give him all the love and all the things that I never had. It’s really amazing. It’s amazing.”

On Disciplining His Son

“I was in the other room writing, and he had just given the nanny fits. He didn’t know I was there listening to him. He’s just going at her. … I get down to this level, eye to eye. We’re talking; we’re having a conversation. I’m saying how disappointed I was, how he shouldn’t behave that way. And I watched this child, who’s very smart, get it and apologize — apologize to the nanny, apologize to Mom, apologize to me. I watched this child get it, and I had to rush out of the room because I lost it. Gelila comes, and she’s, [like], ‘Are you OK?’ I’m in tears because nobody had ever spoken to me that way as a child. Nobody had ever spoken to me as a person.”

On Special Moments

“We were on the beach over the holidays, and we’re walking up the beach. … Behind me, he’s jumping up and down. I said, ‘What are you doing?’ He said, ‘I’m walking in your footsteps, Papa.’”