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Mark Wahlberg Says Parenting Isn't Easy: 'If I Fail At This, I Fail At Everything!'

Fri, January 28, 2011 12:02pm EDT by Add first Comment

As a father of four, Mark now knows how hard it is to raise kids! As a child he didn’t listen to his parents, but hopes that his own offspring will be better than he was!

Mark Wahlberg was a huge troublemaker growing up, but now that he has four kids of his own—Ella, 7, Michael, 4, Brendan, 2, and Grace, 1—he knows how important it is to help them stay on the right track! “For a long time I thought, like most kids, that my parents didn’t know what they were talking about and were completely out of touch,” the former rapper turned The Fighter actor tells Boston Common. “If I’d heeded everything they tried to instill in me, I might have avoided a lot of trouble.” Yes Mark, but maybe then you wouldn’t have turned out to be such an amazing, edgy actor!

Rhea Durham put up with Mark Wahlberg’s antics while filming ‘The Fighter!’

Though he didn’t realize as a kid how tough it is to raise kids, now Markie Mark and his wife Rhea Durham, 32, do their best to make sure that their kids turn out alright. “I want to give my kids the world, but I also want them to appreciate everything, to succeed, to be good people, to enjoy life,” Mark says. “This is my most important role. If I fail at this, I fail at everything.”

Mark Wahlberg will never let his kids get tattoos.

As a parent, all you can do is try your hardest to make sure that your kids turn out right and hope for the best. HollyMoms, can you relate?

– Lindsey DiMattina