In an exclusive interview, Brazilian healthy eating advocate and “Just Try One Bite” author Camila Alves McConaughey discussed her family’s three “adaptable” kids.
Hollywood couples Camila Alves McConaughey and Matthew McConaughey have shown that long-lasting, happy partnerships are possible. They’ve been married for ten years and have three kids right now.
Alves said in an exclusive interview that she and her husband shared the same desire for parenthood at roughly the same age, decades before they became acquainted.
Alves and McConaughey have given some information about their initial meeting, despite the fact that they prefer to keep the majority of their personal details private. Alves disputed the actor’s claim that it was love at first sight.
In 2006, they met in a club in Los Angeles and fell in love. McConaughey didn’t ask, “Who is that?” because he was so taken with the woman he saw at the Sunset Boulevard bar. Instead, he enquired in wonder, “What is that?”
“That” was Alves, who immigrated to the United States from Brazil at the age of 15 and began her modeling career there at the age of 19. McConaughey acknowledged that he and Alves hit it off right away.
He made fun of the fact that that evening, his Spanish and Portuguese were better than they had ever been. Alves took more time to warm up to him, primarily because he had kept his identity a secret that evening.
The author of the children’s book admitted she didn’t know McConaughey at first due of his bushy beard and large Rasta hat. After some time, he won her over, and Alves went to his house but stayed in his guest room.
The “Dallas Buyers Club” actor invited Alves to his Malibu home three days after their initial meeting and surprised her by making her dinner. They were unable to be separated after that. quoting McConaughey: “I wanted to go on a date again the next time after that. And for the past nine years, I’ve wanted to go out with her.”
Even before getting married, Alves and McConaughey started having kids, probably because they both realized how much of their lives children would take up at a young age.
The actor’s father, Jim, is to blame since he wanted to start a family when he was only eight years old. Jim taught McConaughey to address older people with “sir” and “ma’am” at all times.
McConaughey’s fastidious mentality was passed down to Levi.
The commonality McConaughey’s eight-year-old mind discovered after meeting several of Jim’s buddies and addressing each one as “sir” was that they were all fathers.
The fact that they had kids, McConaughey said, made them “sirs.” Since that time, the actor has viewed fatherhood and having children as the “ultimate example” of what it means to be a “sir” and the pinnacle of male accomplishment.
According to Alves, she confided in AmoMama that she had known she wanted children since she was a young adolescent. So, they welcomed Levi, their first son, in July 2008.
McConaughey said he was by Alves’ side throughout the birth and said he couldn’t wait to embark on their “biggest” adventure—raising Levi—together.
Levi, who is currently 13 years old, resembles his well-known father in every way. According to McConaughey, who added that his son inherited his meticulous personality, the boy is the most considerate person he’s ever encountered.
Vida was born in January 2010 and is the middle child of Alves and McConaughey. Vida, who is only 12 years old, gained notoriety for informing her father the lessons he kept picking up from her and her brothers. She clarified:
“Frequently, after correcting us, you return and tell us why you made the correction. But typically, we act like… “We understood it right away.”
Alves and McConaughey’s youngest child, Livingston, was born in January 2012. Livingston was the most difficult of her three children to raise since he was so dependent on her, the mother of three acknowledged.
He would cry and have fits so regularly, Alves acknowledged that the situation was “horrendous.” Fortunately, the boy soon outgrew that phase after reaching four.
It is important to pay attention to your child and comprehend where they are coming from.
Alves is now proud of and impressed by how adaptable her three children are. She said they had moved around too much because of her job, but her kids kept adjusting and picking up new skills in each new place.
Alves praised their kids for being brave, sensitive, and having “hearts full of generosity,” and they share their enthusiasm for the camera.
Levi, Vida, and Livingston made their parents happy by snapping McConaughey’s pictures for his magazine covers during the coronavirus lockdown.
They were “beginning to get good at it,” the actor admitted. Alves added that her kids changed their beds and folded their clothes because it made them feel good to do something.
Three children is enough for Alves, although McConaughey would love to have “eight more kids.” She did, however, share with AmoMama one of the most crucial aspects of parenting: comprehending their various stages. Says Alves
It’s about understanding your child’s perspective and listening to their opinions, even when they differ from your own, to help them be guided.
The Brazilian author said that because every child is unique, it was also crucial to consider their individuality. Once parents realize it, they won’t worry as much about little things.
Alves noted that her recently published children’s book, “Just Try One Bite,” was in fact inspired by one of the parenting advice she provided. It was released on March 22 and portrays the tale of three children attempting to persuade their parents, who partake in junk food, to consume healthier cuisine.
McConaughey’s wife collaborated with author Adam Mansbach, cartoonist Mike Bolt, and the creators of “Go the **** to Sleep” to initiate a discussion about the connection between what you eat and how your body responds to it.
The major message Alves wants to get over to her readers is that the more control children feel over their decisions, the more probable it is that they will develop positive, enduring habits.