Brad Paisley: I'm Teaching My Sons to Earn Things in Life
09/12/2014 AT 08:00 PM EDT
Paisley, 41, admits there's nothing everyday about his family's 87-acre spread, but says he and his wife, actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley, are focused on keeping boys Huck, 7, and Jasper, 5, grounded.
"Not once have we been in a toy store and I've said, 'Yeah, I'll get you that,'" he says. "We try to make them understand that nothing is free and they have to earn things."
The singer, who released his new album Moonshine in the Trunk last month, learned his own lessons in 2013 after his song "Accidental Racist," a duet with LL Cool J that he says was meant to "do good, to start a conversation," instead caused a firestorm of controversy. The criticism was "rough," he says. "But you can't listen to one song and say, 'That's who he is.'"
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