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Bruce Willis knows a thing or two about parenting girls. Now raising his fourth baby daughter, the 57-year-old star tells Esquire what he's learned from raising his three daughters with ex-wife Demi Moore: Rumer, 23, Scout, 20, and Tallulah, 18.
"Sometimes I have to resist the urge to speak," the Moonrise Kingdom actor says in the interview. "I learned it from dealing with my kids. That's my number-one rule."
"I'd rather hear what [my daughters] have to say," he explains. "And this stuff is just a matter of not equating drama with actions that will help them. Teach them to shun drama."
The father of four, whose late-in-life child Mabel Ray with wife Emma Heming was born April 1, continues with his parenting wisdom.
"You have to give them a code," he adds. "Beginning with things like 'Don't bite people.' That becomes something like 'It's not okay to be mean. Ever.' That was our watchword when the girls were younger."
And as for showing kids your own flaws, Willis feels that's a natural part of parenthood.
"Take responsibility for when you are wrong...They hear you own up, and they learn to own up."