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Adam Sandler is Surprisingly Wise on Fatherhood

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Adam Sandler is a favorite of those of us who lived through his glory days on SNL and in films like “Happy Gilmore.” Sure, he’s done and said some questionable things, but Sandler, now 50, is the doting father of two daughters. That’s why I rounded up some of my favorite quotes of Sandler’s about being a dad, just in time for Father’s Day.

On balancing time for his kids:

My kids give me the most joy, but there are life adjustments. I don’t go out to meet anyone after 9:30 at night. I eat dinner at 6 or 7. If someone makes me stay out until 10:30 at night, I’m angry the entire next day because I’m exhausted.”

On worrying:

I’m a worrier. I’ve learned in life now that when your kid is upset you’re rocked until they’re not upset anymore. Even when they’re not upset, you’re rocked. You’re always nervous because you want your kid to be happy. Now, I understand why my folks were always saying, ‘Be nice and be safe. Make sure everyone in the family is OK. That’s the most important thing.’ Making sure everyone in the family is OK is the most important thing. If the family hurts then you hurt.”

The idea of my kids being spoiled, I go to sleep thinking about it and I wake up thinking about it.”

On being the cool dad:

The kids love me and flock around me. It doesn’t make me cool. I’m just a guy with a lot of kids around him.”

On his kids watching his films:

“‘Every time, about 20 minutes in, I see them tuning out. Then I hear them, they’re nervous to say but, “Can we watch something else?”

On fatherhood:

So, it took 10 minutes to become a good dad. For the first 10 minutes, I was just lost.”

You know what was funny? When my kid was born, I was so nervous, I didn’t know what I felt. Five minutes later, maybe 10 minutes later, it was me and the kid and a nurse. We walked down alone to just check the vital signs and all that stuff, and I had a chemical reaction in my body, where I loved the kid so much, and I was so nervous for her, and that’s when I lost my mind for the kid.”

Watch him talk about his dad talking him out of the military:

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