From Dealing with Diaper Duty to Trusting His Teen: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson's Guide to Fatherhood
The action star is sharing everything he's learned since becoming a dad
Lead by Example
In February 2020, the proud dad announced that his oldest Simone had signed with WWE. The milestone moment was extra special because her father was a 10-time world champion and her grandfather and great-grandfather were both inducted into the Hall of Fame.
"Carry our family name proudly, but your road will always be yours to create, earn & own," dad Johnson wrote. "So proud. Live your dream. Let’s work."
Embrace Every Moment
When it comes to celebrating dad's accomplishments, Jasmine has her own ideas.
"We told Jazzy this past weekend that daddy’s movie, JUMANJI was a big hit and she screamed 'YAY let’s celebrate,'” the Rock wrote, before adding that his daughter's version of "celebrating" means "embarrassing the 💩 out of me."
"But I’d gladly trade it all for this level of four year old joy," he sweetly noted.
Appreciate the 'Strong, Badass Women' in Your Life
“It’s just the best thing … I have a house full of just strong, badass women,” Johnson told Extra of Tia and Jasmine, his girls with girlfriend Lauren Hashian, and Simone, his only child with ex Dany Garcia. “It’s terrifying, but it’s awesome.”
“I grew up an only child,” he continued. “My dad was tough. He kicked my ass, so there was a lot of testosterone growing up. So there is this balance — having all this estrogenic energy — then also me having the opportunity to infuse ‘father’ and hopefully setting a standard of what a man should be in their lives.”
Have Fun While Staying Healthy
When it comes to Easter, super dad Johnson goes big but in his own way. That means epic Easter egg hunts but no sugar for the kiddos.
"If you look right there, you’ll find what the Easter Daddy, I mean Bunny left you," he wrote on Instagram to his baby girl Jasmine. "100 eggs for Jazzy & her cousins for their hunt - all filled with tiny toys. No candy when you come to the Rock’s house - last thing I need is wrangling a bunch whacked out kiddos who’ve become candy crack heads on the sugar come down 👼🏼👉🏾👹"
Always Have Your Family's Back
The Jumanji star wished his "strong lil' beauty" Tiana Gia a happy 1st birthday with a little added advice.
"Get used to daddy’s hands kid," he captioned this sweet photo. "They’ll always have your back."
Believe in Your Kids
"Enjoyed teaching my youngest daughter Tiana Gia her answer when asked, 'Who’s smarter and better looking... Dada or President Obama?'... And despite the fact she took a very long ego crushing pause, I remain optimistic we will shorten her response time dramatically," the papa bear wrote alongside an adorable video of him and his youngest daughter brushing up on some daddy trivia on International Women's Day.
"She kept her cool and didn’t crumble under intense pressure. A future sign of good things to come 😉💪🏾"
Always Prioritize Family
"Flew from LA to Miami so I could spend an awesome afternoon and lovely dinner with my #1 Valentine @simonegjohnson," Johnson wrote the day after Valentine's Day in 2019. "Little sleep but so well worth our invaluable and fun father/daughter time."
Mark Every Milestone Together
"When this lil’ estrogenic mini-me waits for me at the door and says, 'Daddy, have a great work today'.. I scoop her up and start to 🎣 for 🖤😂" Johnson jokingly admitted when he posted a video of him and Tiana Gia in February 2019. "Truth is, she’s exactly what I needed to see before hoppin’ in my pick up to go and shoot the biggest and most meaningful magazine cover of my career."
He might have been referencing his TIME 100: The Most Influential People magazine cover.
"I’m 97% sure I bribed Jazzy with broccoli to say nice things about me when the camera is rolling. Don’t judge. It’s how I roll," the hilarious dad added.
There's Always Room for Compromise
A typical day for the Johnson family involves a few negotiations and a lot of love.
"Me: Baby come here and give daddy a kiss, he’s gotta go to work.
Jazzy: But daddy I have to paint your toes.
Me: Nope, daddy’s got his shoes on and gotta go to work, now come give me a kiss.
Jazzy: Ok, then let me paint your face, daddy.
Me: *confidently laughs* Absolutely not, now I gotta go to work, now get over here and kiss me.
Jazzy: *while looking up at me with her mama @laurenhashianofficial’s intoxicating blue eyes... BUT DADDY, I need to paint your face for work.
Me: Ok, but make sure you choose manly colors that are flattering to my complexion."
Daddy Rock had this to say about the whole ordeal: "As much as I tell her no, with my crazy busy life, this is the stuff I actually love ❤️ #ohana"
S--- Happens, Literally
"Me: Come here baby, daddy’s gonna sing to you.
Tiana Gia: Falls fast asleep by the time daddy sings the 2nd verse.
Me: Good Lord my honey coated gravel voice is effective. I’m feelin’ very good about myself right now.
Tiana Gia: Proceeds to poo 💩.. BIG.
Me: Questioning how I should interpret this entire emasculating situation."
There Is Always Time
An October 2018 morning went like this for the former Sexiest Man Alive ...
"Me: Come here baby, give daddy a kiss I gotta go to work.
Jazzy: But daddy you need your nails painted.
Me: Sorry baby, daddy’s gotta go to wor
Jazzy: No daddy you really need your nails painted - as she looks up at me with her mama’s gorgeous blue eyes.
Me: Yes, you’re absolutely right - daddy needs his nails painted.
Girls Run the World
On Women's Equality Day, the proud pop posted the sweetest tribute to Jasmine.
"She can be anything she wants. She can sit at any table. She can trailblaze a path, while humbly and gratefully recognizing those before her who paved the way. She and her big sister, Simone and her baby sister, Tiana Gia will always have a strong voice and always make a positive impact. She can also just forcefully shove a buttery, delicious croissant in daddy’s mouth when daddy is on a very strict diet."
Kids Say the Darndest Things
"Great to recharge the batteries this weekend, back home with all my girls and teaching this lil’ tornado how to swim," he wrote on Instagram in July 2018. "Took my shirt off and she said, Daddy I like it your brown boobies.. Thank you baby, but daddy has pecs, not boobies."
No One Goes Hungry
"Family dinner" looks a little different in the Johnson household! Johnson shared a photo to Instagram of him helping girlfriend Lauren Hashian multitask as she breastfed their baby girl Tiana Gia. "Mama @laurenhashianofficial has her hands full nursing/feeding Baby Tia, so I’m feedin’ mama her dinner. My pleasure," he sweetly captioned the post.
Being Surrounded By Women Is Always a Good Thing ...
… in the Jumanji star's eyes, at least. "The crazy thing is, I was raised by women, and still to this day, I’m totally and completely, 100 percent surrounded by only women!" Johnson said during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "And I love it."
Johnson and his teen daughter Simone — whom he shares with ex Dany Garcia — have an unbreakable bond, as he often talks about during interviews. As for the secret to their strong relationship, the actor revealed it all comes down to trust in a 2015 interview. "There was a time where I said, ‘Do me a favor: I want you to tell me what is the thing that you love most about our relationship,' " Johnson said. "And she said, 'Well, that I trust you.' " He continued: "And for a 13-year-old girl to say that to her dad, considering where I was at 13, the instability I had. She said, 'Well, that I trust you and that we have a very special bond,' that moved me. And so, you know, at 13, she's saying that and I couldn’t ask for anything else."
Being a Dad Is the Job of a Lifetime
"I realized being a father is the greatest job I have ever had and the greatest job I will ever have," Johnson said during an episode of Oprah's Master Class, opening up about being a father to Simone (pictured here with Fifth Harmony). "I always wanted to be a great dad. I always wanted to give Simone things that I felt I never got."
Love Is All You Need
During the same episode of Oprah's Master Class, Johnson shared his philosophy for navigating the tricky waters of fatherhood. "Throughout the years, throughout the ups and downs, I've realized that the most important thing that I could do with my daughter is lead our life with love," he added. "Not success, not fame, not anything else but, 'I'm always here for you. I love you.' "
Gratitude Is a Given
Johnson reflected on all the positivity in his and daughter Jasmine's life when the toddler celebrated her 4-month birthday. "One day you'll know just how happy, proud, lucky and blessed you, your sister and your mama make me," the proud dad wrote on Instagram. "You'll also thank me one day for your toughness and your mama's everything else."
Hey, it works for The Rock! "Being busy really helps me," he told PEOPLE of how he and longtime girlfriend Lauren Hashian divide parenting responsibilities. "Coming home and being in a rhythm of go all day and just being able to come home and do bath time and diaper duty."