Now the father-of-two is opening up about his mistakes, his regrets and how he is completely open with his kids about his dark past. Tiger and Elin work together to co-parent their two children, Sam and Charlie, with him admitted that it’s not always easy.
In a new interview with Time Magazine, Tiger opens up about his relationship with Elin by saying, “She talks to me about her life, I talk to her about my life. We try and help each other out on all occasions. And we work through it with the kids, the parenting program. She is one of my best friends now, and it’s all because of my kids. We’ve worked so hard, and I’ve shown her how much I love them. We’ve worked so hard at co-parenting, to make sure that their lives are fantastic. For instance, I’ve told her this, I’ve taken the initiative with the kids, and told them up front, “Guys, the reason why we’re not in the same house, why we don’t live under the same roof, Mommy and Daddy, is because Daddy made some mistakes.”
Tiger added, “I just want them to understand before they get to Internet age and they log on to something or have their friends tell them something. I want it to come from me so that when they come of age, I’ll just tell them the real story. But meanwhile, it’s just, “Hey, Daddy made some mistakes. But it’s O.K. We’re all human. We all make mistakes. But look what happened at the end of it. Look at how great you are. You have two loving parents that love you no matter what.” And I said, “You have no idea how lucky you guys are, to have two parents that love you so much. Unfortunately, we’re not in the same house, but the flip side is we love you no matter what you do. And I’m a parent, as the dad, who is always going to try to help you, guide you through life.” And so, that’s part of the initiative, hey, it was my fault too. I was to blame, and so I’m taking initiative with the kids. I’d rather have it come from me, as the source. And I can tell them absolutely everything, so they hear it from me.”
WOW! It’s great to hear so much refreshing honesty from a man who has gone through a lot in the last few years as well. And I like the fact that Tiger is being very upfront about his past two his children. I’ve always said that I don’t want to appear as a perfect mother or figure to my children and that I want them to understand and relate to my flaws and mistakes as well. It’s not easy, but this job we have called parenting isn’t, either. At the end of the day, we’re all just human, right?
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