Ryan Reynolds Says He and Blake Lively Stress Importance of ‘Self-Awareness’ to Their Kids (Exclusive)

“I take a huge interest in their days and how things are going,” the actor tells PEOPLE of his four children

Updated on October 10, 2023 10:29AM EDT


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Ryan Reynolds is getting candid about parenting and his children’s mental health. 

“I think it’s more about talking to them about everything,” the actor, 46, tells PEOPLE at the Bring Change to Mind Revels & Revelations 11 event in New York City on Monday. “It’s genuine when I say I take a huge interest in their days and how things are going.”

Reynolds also opened up to PEOPLE about how he and his wife Blake Lively stress the importance of “self-awareness” to their four kids as well as sharing details of their daily routines.

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Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds married in 2012.

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“For me, the best time of my day is walking them to school and walking them back,” he says to PEOPLE at the event. “I think as parents, we are so much better equipped to handle the rigors of childhood through our kids now than when I was a kid. It’s just totally different now. People are much more self-aware. And that’s the thing we sort of hang our hat on the most is self-awareness with our kids. Not be happy, not be anything, just be self-aware and welcome everything in.”

Reynolds and actress Lively, 36, share three daughters: James, 8, Inez, 7, and Betty, 4. They welcomed their fourth baby in February.

The Deadpool star was honored with the Robin Williams’ Legacy of Laughter Award at the event. Actress Glenn Close and her family established the organization Bring Change to Mind in 2009 to fight the stigma of mental illness.

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Soon after welcoming his fourth child, Reynolds opened up about how he and Lively were settling into life as a family of six. 

“We’re very excited,” the Welcome to Wrexham star told CNBC’s Power Lunch. “Look, we wouldn’t do this four times if we didn’t love it.”

“Everybody’s doing great. Everybody’s actually doing fantastic,” he continued. “I think if we hadn’t figured it out by now, I think we’d be in deep, deep trouble.”

Reynolds went on to joke that the couple’s house resembles a “zoo” during his virtual appearance, adding, “It’s a zoo over here. This is my office here and to be honest I’ll probably spend the rest of my life in here!”

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