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Why Matt Damon Won’t Let His Daughters Keep Anything People Send Them

The beloved actor opens up about his fear of raising his daughters to be entitled adults.

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Matt Damon is one of the biggest movie stars in the world and in a recent interview with TODAY, Damon talked about how the fame and fortune that come with his storied career have also presented unexpected challenges in raising four daughters. Damon admitted, for instance, that it would be easy for him and his wife Luciana Barroso to just spoil his daughters Alexia, 19, Isabella, 11, Gia, 9, and Stella, 7, and let them have whatever they want.

Having been a household name for almost 20 years now, Damon explained the perplexing fact that the more rich and famous a person is, the more stuff they get for free. Yep, people send Damon and his family cool stuff for the hell of it. The actor explained that he’s generally unmoved by the freebies considering his previous life as a struggling actor and writer taught him the value of a dollar. But he does worry that letting his daughters have more than they could possibly want could leave them lacking a healthy perspective on the importance of hard work and what really matters in life. Fortunately, Damon and his wife came up with a simple solution by not letting their daughters keep the extravagant and unnecessary schwag.

“They don’t need anything, so we send everything on to people who need it,” Damon told TODAY. “When people send stuff to my kids, my kids have everything they need so we pass it right on. This is the life we’re giving them. It’s hard to figure out how to try to give them perspective. It’s a source of tension in the family at times.”

While Damon’s daughters might not agree with his strict stance right now, we’re sure that they’ll eventually appreciate their dad caring enough about them to try and keep them from becoming spoiled brats. And hopefully, they inherit their dad’s generous spirit and use it to help make the world a better place.

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