Boris Kodjoe on the responsibility of being a father
Actor Boris Kodjoe, 34, appears on the cover of the June issue of Ebony Magazine with his son Nicolas Neruda, 6 months. Inside, in a spread including daughter Sophie Tei-Naaki Lee, 2, Boris discusses fatherhood and what he and wife Nicole Ari Parker Kodjoe, 36, want for their children.
On parenthood: Children didn’t choose to be here. Therefore, as parents, we have theresponsibility to make their start as prosperous as possible. Give themevery opportunity to make it to the top. Every child has a right to have a mother and a father.
Language: Sophie and Nicolas are being raised trilingual — they’re learning Nicole’s English, Boris’ native German, and the family nanny’s Spanish. Boris says, ‘I read to my kids a lot. Theylove books. I’m forming little minds. I want them to be as well-roundedas possible.’ Current favorites are the German version of Where the Wild Things Are andanything about Dora the Explorer.
Can’t nurse, but does hair!: Boris jokes, ‘I can’t breastfeed, but I’m not too bad at doing hair. I’m not as ruthless as mommy is because [Sophie] cries and says ‘Owie,’so I just make a ponytail.’
Sources: Ebony; Boris Kodjoe Online
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Education: I want to expose my child toeverything from arts to sports to music. If she wants to goice-skating, I’ll take her ice-skating.