While in Berlin on Thursday to promote the European release of their sci-fi movie “Minority Report,” star Tom Cruise and director Steven Spielberg fended off a barrage of questions from reporters that touched upon many subjects — among them the art of parenting.
Both men, despite having made their millions from a visual medium, insist that they strictly limit TV at home, and instead push reading on their children.
“My kids, I really don’t like them to watch that much television,” said Cruise, 40, who adopted Isabella and Connor (born in 1993 and 1995, respectively) while he was married to second wife Nicole Kidman. (The couple divorced last year after nearly 10 years of marriage.) “We’re focusing on reading, a lot of reading.”
“They are allowed about three and a half hours of television per week — if they do very well in their school,” he said. “I really don’t like them using computers.”
By contrast, Spielberg, 56, whose brood consists of stepdaughter Jessica, son Max (whose mother was the filmmaker’s first wife, Amy Irving), and Theo, Sasha, Sawyer, Mikaela-George and Destry Allyn (whose mom is second wife Kate Capshaw), permits his children to “watch TV one hour a day” — but only if they have met certain conditions around the house.
For starters, they can’t come home and go rushing right to the tube.
Said Spielberg: “They have to do their homework, do their chores, finish dinner, get into their cozy clothes, as we call it, after they take their bath, and after they are in their cozy clothes, they get to watch TV for an hour.”
He also said, “I don’t let them watch the news because the news is much more uncensored than it was when I was growing up and things are so frightening right now that I like the news to come from me.”