Hugh Jackman’s Old-Fashioned Parenting Policy

Hugh Jackman and his kids, Oscar and Ava

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updated 09/26/2011 AT 2:35 PM ET

originally published 10/05/2011 AT 12:10 PM ET

Hugh Jackman may make his living on the big screen, but on weekdays, the actor’s home is a screen-free zone.

Jackman, 42, says he got the idea from a friend and implemented it for his kids Oscar, 11, and Ava, 6.

“A buddy of mine has a rule that I installed: No screens during the week. No TV, or computer, or anything like that,” says the actor.

For Jackman, who stars as a reluctant father and washed-up boxer in the movie Real Steel, opening Oct. 7, the screen ban is less about avoiding the pitfalls of the media age then giving his kids a little downtime.


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