LL Cool J: "I'm Not Going to Raise Spoiled Kids"

Season 6 Episode 604
Aired on 09/09/2017 | CC tv-pg
Parents who possess abundant wealth and privilege are often at risk of spoiling their children, giving them every indulgence and advantage the world has to offer. LL Cool J is keenly aware of that dynamic, and the hip-hop legend and TV star has worked carefully to avoid it for his own kids.

As a father of four, LL's parenting approach has been to encourage and nurture his children without handing them everything or glossing over the importance of a strong work ethic. "This is the real world," he says. "They are real people. And I'm a blue-collar guy at the end of the day. ... I'm not going to raise spoiled kids that just don't know what the real world is like, who think they don't have to do anything to contribute."

Watch as LL describes how he keeps his children grounded and why he believes spoiling a child is like "stealing someone's soul."

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