Jennifer Garner wants her kids to be polite

Jennifer Garner wants to pass on her "Southern values" to her children and thinks it's important they realise how privileged they are.

Jennifer Garner with husband Ben Affleck
Jennifer Garner with husband Ben Affleck

Jennifer Garner wants her children to have "Southern values."

The 'Dallas Buyers Club' actress, who has two daughters, Violet, nine, and Seraphina, six, and two-year-old son Samuel with husband Ben Affleck, thinks it's important that they realise how lucky they are.

The 42-year-old actress, who grew up in Charleston, West Virginia, said: "It's really important for my kids to see that everyone doesn't have the lives they see in Los Angeles. That doesn't reflect the rest of the world. I want them to grow up with the Southern values I had - to look at people when they say hello and to stop and smell the roses."

Asked what she misses most about her hometown, she said: "Community is the one thing people crave most, and it's hard to come by. I grew up with such an excess of it that now wherever I go, the first thing I do is build my group. I feel so fortunate to have grown up in a place where people look out for each other."

Meanwhile, the 'Juno' star claims she never thought about her looks until she moved to New York City in the early '90s.

She told the March issue of Southern Living magazine: "What my mom did that I valued so much was to not place beauty high on the list of priorities. It was a shock when I got to college to hear people say I was pretty."

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