The Parenting Rule Matt Damon Broke (We're Trying to Forgive Him!)

First, let us just say, we love you, Matt Damon. You're a terrific actor. You seem to be a doting dad to four -- four! -- daughters. You're funny and charitable and totally easy on the eyes. But we must talk.

See, when you told People at a recent Family Reach Foundation fundraiser that your kids don't just like to eat veggies, they love to eat veggies, well, dude, you broke one of the cardinal rules of parenting: You're perfect, your kids are perfect -- now, stop gloating. 

At least the Talented Mr. Ripley star admits he's not exactly talented in the kitchen, but, still, he says, his girls (Alexia, 14, Isabella, 6, Gia, 4, and Stella, 23 months) devour his pasta and steamed broccoli concoction.

"It's all about getting enough healthy food in front of them every three hours," Damon, 41, tells the magazine. "My wife [Luciana] and I introduced it to them at a very young age and they just don't know any different. Luckily, I found out all three of my youngest girls love broccoli. There are times where I can't get them to eat protein or a little piece of fish because they are going crazy over the broccoli. Sometimes they're the ones bribing me to eat more of my vegetables."

Oh, so that's what we were doing wrong! Not. Most moms we know spent many fruitless hours whipping up cooked carrots, peas, sweet potatoes and -- yes, broccoli -- for their kids from the time they could start chewing. Sorry, that doesn't always work. Can we please just retire that "start them early" advice once and for all?

So, Matt Damon, keep on turning out awesome movies. Keep on raising those beautiful, veggie-loving girls. Keep on being so dang adorable. But keep the food bragging to yourself, okay? Showoff.

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