“My Wife Was Very Good”: Arnold Schwarzenegger Pays Gratitude to Maria Shriver for Helping Him With a Life Task More “Difficult Than Being Mr. Universe”

Arnold Schwarzenegger has many accomplishments to his name. To the unversed, he is a seven-time Mr. Olympia champion, the action king of Hollywood, and served as the Governor of California for two terms. On the personal front, he has four kids with his ex-wife, Maria Shriver. Lately, The Austrian Oak has been promoting his new self-help book, “Be Useful: Seven Tools for Life.” And regarding that, he has been giving multiple interviews and making numerous appearances.

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The 76-year-old appeared on CBS Mornings to touch upon the various aspects he dealt with in his motivation book, which will be out soon. While speaking about raising his four kids, the Terminator actor expressed gratitude to his ex-wife.

Arnold Schwarzenegger credits Maria Shriver for her incredible parenting duties with their kids


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Arnie left his home country in 1968 for the American Dream. The 7x Mr. Olympia eventually married the Kennedy Princess, Maria Shriver, in 1986 and became father to four kids with her. Schwarzenegger and Shriver are hands-on parents and were greatly involved in their children’s upbringing. The 76-year-old recently recounted how he managed to raise his two girls and two boys with the help of his now ex-wife, Maria Shriver, in a CBS Mornings interview.

The host asked Schwarzenegger, “Another tool is sell, sell, sell, along with being useful. How do you communicate that to your kids as a parent?” Replying to the question, Arnie admitted, “Raising kids is a much tougher job than being Mr. Universe, I can tell you that. I mean, it is wild! Especially when you have two daughters and sons and you deal with the boys, deal with the girls’ issues, and all of that stuff.


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Appreciating Shriver’s role in parenting duties, Arnie said, “My wife was very good in being a great partner with raising the kids, and so together we did a good job in really giving them kind of the important messages.” “Teaching them the important messages that you got to go and educate yourself, you got to be passionate about things, you got to have a certain goal,” he added, revealing the lessons the ex-couple taught their children. Despite separating a decade ago, Shriver and Schwarzenegger co-parent their kids, for which the latter earlier demanded an Oscar.

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The Austrian Oak demanded an Oscar


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The 67-year-old journalist and the bodybuilding icon were a happy couple for 25 years before parting ways after Schwarzenegger’s ex-marital affair with a housekeeper became public in 2011. Despite separating, Shriver and Arnold maintain a cordial bond and nurture their kids together. The 76-year-old once confessed, “Even though we had this drama, we did Easter together, Mother’s Day together, the Christmases together, all birthdays—everything together.”

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The actor also demanded an Oscar for him and his ex-wife. “If there’s Oscars for how to handle divorce, Maria and I should get it for having the least amount of impact on the kids,” he said in an interview.


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Arnold Schwarzenegger arguably lived the most ambitious life and was successful in his quests. The Governator wants to share his simple mantra towards success through his new book. Have you ordered your edition yet? Let us know in the comments below.

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