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Tim McGraw opens up about how a tough childhood made him stronger Getty Images/Christopher Polk
Getty Images/Christopher Polk

Tim McGraw stars in the family-friendly film, “The Shack,” which just opened in theaters. Since he’s got three daughters of his own with wife Faith Hill, Tim enjoys appearing in projects the entire family can enjoy.

“I have always been very family-oriented,” Tim tells “The Washington Times.” “I came from a dysfunctional, broken family growing up, and it’s probably instilled in me the need and the want to have a strong family and a great foundation. So, I think that is something that I naturally gravitate toward.”

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Tim and Faith have obviously done a great job raising their three daughters. Only their youngest girl, Audrey, is still living at home as she finishes up high school. Their older two girls are off living their lives, but they still count on their dad to help when life gets tough.

For his part, Tim says he’s never finished growing on a personal level.

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He explains, “The older you get, you always learn more. Sometimes it’s a process of learning about yourself and what your journey is. Sometimes the process moves forward at a rapid pace in a short amount of time — or moves backward. And you’re like, ‘Man, I thought I had made so much progress, and now all of a sudden, I’m 10 steps further behind than when I started.'”

Tim thinks you do the most growing when the going gets tough, though.

“I don’t think you learn as much about yourself when you are moving forwards as when you have fallen backwards,” he adds. “That’s when you really learn who you are. And reach for the things that have propelled you forward and made you a better person.”

With a dad who thinks like that, it’s no wonder the McGraw girls are turning out to be such fine young women.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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