During a recent interview with rolling out, Omari Hardwick shared how fatherhood had an important impact on his life. Below is an excerpt from the “Power” star’s interview.
“To be a father is to be the patriarch of your household,” Hardwick said. “Shout out to the grandfathers, and great grandfathers. I was fortunate because my pops was in my life and both of my grandfathers were in my life.
I had a great grandfather still living for the better parts of my teenage years. It’s extremely important to be the king of your household. It’s not just about being the financial provider, but it’s also about being present. What matters to my kids most at this point is time spent. Spending that time with the kids, that’s really needed. It’s important to tell the kids you love them and be affectionate.
Those things are not necessarily celebrated. I’m speaking as a kid who has a father and speaking as a father who has kids. If you’re an active father who might not feel adequate in terms of what food or money you’re putting on the table, it matters that you’re rocking with the kids and you care and you’re interested in their life and their development.
Be in your kids’ lives and do it to the fullest with zero apologies. Go crazy as a father and make that the most important thing to you and everything will fall into place.”