Date: 26th August 2001
Hollywood actor TOM HANKS is determined to give his children something he never had - a normal childhood with stable parents. The CAST AWAY (2000) star, 45, who's married to actress RITA WILSON, had an unhappy childhood - but rather than let the cycle repeat itself, he's used to the experience to build his own happy family.
He says, "In the 13 years I've been married, I've discovered there's no substitute for that. There's such an advantage to being involved in the day-to-day details of each other's lives. I have a woman who teaches me what love is every day. "
After his parents divorced when he was five, Hanks went to live with his father. But his dad was always moving and Hanks attended 10 different schools before he was 10 years old. Now, the actor is trying to make things as traditional as he can for his kids.
He adds, "There are principles they have to adhere to that are normal, like choosing between right and wrong. " (RGS/TG/KW)