Tim McGraw and Faith Hill may be Nashville royalty but they are also parents. The two are raising their three daughters, Gracie, Maggie, and Audrey. The three girls are now in their early 20s and late teens, respectively. So, Tim and Faith have certainly had some time to learn serious parenting lessons. So how do two of the most famous country singers in the world make sure their kids are raised right? We have the answers.
5. Quality Time
When Faith Hill and Tim McGraw appeared on Ellen Degeneres in 2017, they were parents of teenagers. Gracie was almost 20, Maggie was 18, and Audrey was 15. The eldest was already in college and her sister Maggie was heading that way, soon. Tim and Faith admitted that it was hard having them leave home. Time goes so fast, even for the most rich and famous. So one thing they do is to have quality time with their daughters.
For example, Faith shared about a road trip she took with Maggie. The two drove from Nashville to California, stopping to rescue turtles on the road along the way. Ellen asked Faith if she took a Winnebago, but Faith was clear that she is not someone who needs to drive such a rig. “I was nervous enough with just the car,” joked her husband.
Bonus Insight: Tim McGraw also admitted in that interview that he makes sure boys treat his girls right. He admitted to greeting some of the dates at the door while intentionally holding a sledgehammer.
You can watch the full interview in the video above.
4. Cursing Acceptable, But No Stupid Here
On an appearance on the Ty, Kelly, and Chuck radio show, Ty decided to ask for some parenting advice from the seasoned Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. Apparently his 4-year old overheard his mother saying some choice words, which he repeated the next morning at breakfast. Apparently, the kiddo was adding the f-bomb to his requests, and Ty wanted to know how to handle the rather hilarious situation.
Tim and Faith were first of all impressed with the toddler’s usage. Laughing, McGraw said, “Here’s the good news, his syntax is great! And he’s using it correctly.” Faith agreed, adding, “It is a great word.” Ty pressed them for advice, and Faith, first remarking that they weren’t really qualified to do that, suggested that they just sit down and have a talk.
But what was really interesting is that Tim and Faith admitted that they were more comfortable with cursing than other words, such as “stupid.” That one is not allowed in their home, nor is “shut up.” So if you’re a McGraw kid, curse if you need to. But don’t call your sister “stupid.”
You can see them give their parenting advice in the video above.
3. Know When to Let Go
When eldest daughter Gracie was in her teens, she started a band and even booked a few shows. Behind her parents’ backs. “I can’t even guess who is going to do what,” she said of how the girls always surprise her. And she discussed that it is difficult to not step in in those situations because you want to protect your kid. And she knows firsthand how hard it is to make it in the music industry.
“As a parent, you don’t want to stand in the way of their dreams. It’s been one of the most difficult things for me as a mom — especially as a mom of all girls,” she shared. “You want to protect them; you want to make sure they aren’t disappointed.”
Faith remembered how it was for her as a young girl trying to get to the top.
She added, “Sometimes, it’s better to let your children go through things on their own and let them experience it instead of saying, ‘Don’t do it this way, or you must do it this way.'”
2. Make It Normal
So in all fairness, this insight is really specific to celebrities. Because it’s all about how to raise kids under the spotlight of your own celebrity and success. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill know that raising their daughters right means giving them a normal childhood and making sure that they stay “Humble and Kind.” So how do they do it?
People Country reported the story.
“Our kids know it’s there,” McGraw said at a Q&A in response to how they handle their fame as parents. “They’ve always been around it. It’s just not anything that we’ve ever really discussed or dealt with. We haven’t talked to our kids about us being famous, even when they were little. That’s what we try to make it – not an issue.”
He went on to say, “We certainly don’t feel like [fame] has been a hindrance to our kids.” Then he added with a laugh, “If they grow up and write a book, we might find out differently.”
1. Empower Them
One of the couple’s most recent hits, “Speak To A Girl,” really resonates with them. This is because they are raising girls. “As parents of three daughters, as a husband, as a son, and a brother that grew up in a house full of women, what it said impacted me,” Tim said of the song. “You want to set your girls out to have a high bar of what they expect and how they expect to be treated. I think this song really lays that out in a really positive way.”
You want some affirmation,” he continued. “You want some understanding. You want some equality, all those things you want your daughters to take with them when they go out into the world and expect not only from… their partner in life, but from their business associates. You want them to set a high bar for what they expect from those people and how they expect to be treated.”
So there you have it. Parenting advice from two parents who are raising their daughters right.