News - Aug 29, 2022
The comedian Kevin Hart may tell jokes in front of an audience of up to 20,000 people, but the reason he laughs is because of his 22-month-old daughter. Hart, 43, shared a cute story about his daughter Kaori Mai on Tuesday evening when he spoke exclusively with people about his partnership with The Children's Place.
Hart shared an adorable story about his daughter who hasn't quite mastered the art of FaceTime, which he says is a big challenge for her. He says that his daughter, Ori, makes him laugh daily. "She is talking a little bit now, but she has a new thing with FaceTime... when she wants to see you, she can't figure out how to hold the phone so that you can see her... so she just walks and holds the phone."
Even though the youngest Hart does not know how to keep the phone upright, she does know she wants the undivided attention of her dad, who cannot help but indulge her whenever she asks. Adding a laugh to his remarks, Hart adds, "You've got to stay with her until she's finished talking.".
There is so much that she wants to show you. She just doesn't know that she is not showing you, but it makes me laugh. Her inability to just look at the phone genuinely makes me laugh. But she will run with it, she will try to show you stuff but won't realize that she is not showing you."
In addition to Kaori Hart, Hart and his wife Eniko Hart have a four-year-old son named Kenzo Kash. The comedian also shares a daughter, Heaven, 17 years old, and a son, Hendrix, 14 years old, with his ex Torrei Hart, who is a model.
As he says, to be a successful parent, "I think what is most important is that I spend time with my children and show them what I am doing. They are sponges, they take in everything I do." This approach echoes Hart's philanthropic work, specifically his partnership with The Children's Place.
He spoke about how he hoped the back-to-school initiative would inspire children who may not otherwise have the resources or support to inspire them to achieve their potential, during the unveiling of a newly renovated learning area at the Thomas Jefferson Recreation Center in East Harlem, New York.
"There are times when you need an extra push. You need to know that people out there want to see you succeed, and they want you to succeed. In my household, my kids are extremely fortunate to have a parent who is hands-on, who is present, and who gets them daily doses of support. Some other children do not have this," he says.
A lot of the time it is about being there and being present, and sparking a wave of 'Oh my god, you know what, people care about me, and they want to see me, and they want to see us succeed," he continues. During Children's Place's 2022 back-to-school campaign, the company will create 10 children's reading spaces across the country that will serve as a fun and engaging learning spaces.
Children's development and interpersonal interaction are important aspects of education that are often overlooked, and they have become increasingly rare since the outbreak. Hart says there has never been a better time to take on this initiative, as underprivileged communities have been severely affected by a lack of collaborative learning spaces.
The education system cannot be the only factor, he explains. There is a need to add other components to a child's development. What [The Children's Place] does is just add another tier, a new branch to the tree of possibilities, and expand a child's mind. It provides books and tools that are essential."
It is something I think should be done more of, so hopefully, other brands, corporate companies, and others, in general, will follow suit and do more of what [The Children's Place] is doing, so that more people can benefit from what can be done."