Ben Affleck Says Raising Kids Is 'a Total Full-Time Job' As He Strives to Be More Involved

Ben Affleck finally revealed the reason he needs all that Dunkin’ Donuts coffee: being a parent takes a lot of work! The Artists Equity co-founder recently opened up about how raising his three kids with ex Jennifer Garner (and being a step-dad to wife Jennifer Lopez’s twins) is a “a total full-time job” — and it’s the truest words ever spoken.

In a cover interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Affleck opened up about how important it is to spend time with his kids.
“Now, my parents never came to one Little League game ever, once,” he said. “But in the modern era of raising children, with three kids, 11, 14, and 17, and three schools with their individual activities, it turns out that is in and of itself a total full-time job,” he added, referring to his kids Violet, 17, Seraphina, 14, and Samuel, 11, with Garner.

This is so true. Between school events, after-school activities, social lives, one-on-one time — it is a lot of work to take care of kids. But so worth it!

Affleck also has to attend events for Lopez’s 15-year-old twins Emme and Max. Luckily, things have seemed to be going pretty well blending the two families. Back in Jan. 2023, Affleck, Lopez, Garner, and their kids were spotted at a musical event together to support Seraphina. And last month, Affleck had a special guy’s night with son Samuel at an NBA game.

All this family togetherness is part of the reason Affleck wanted to slow down on acting and directing projects and open a new production company with Matt Damon.

“One of the reasons I did it was, I’m divorced. I share custody,” he told THR. “I don’t want to go to Austin and New Orleans and Georgia anymore and not see my kids. It just doesn’t work. These years are too important.”

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