Harris Hustle: The Best Of T.I.’s Fatherly Lessons From Season Three

Father’s Day is finally here, and we’re rolling along with our celebration of the man they call King. In honor of T.I.’s Father’s Day Weekend at VH1, we’re highlighting some of the most valuable lessons he’s taught his children on T.I. And Tiny: The Family Hustle.

As kids grow older, they’ll inevitably begin to ask more questions about different topics that can make even the coolest parent sweat. Tip handles everything from girlfriends to gangsters in stride, helping his gaggle of little ones lives their best life. Check out some of his top teaching moments from Season Three, below.

1. Don’t Mess With The Little One

Major might be the youngest in the Harris family, but T.I. doesn’t want his children to take advantage of their younger brother. So when a vulnerable, wet Major becomes a target to Domani and Messiah during a friendly snowball fight, Tip must intervene. “Code of the Streets, Number One: We protect our own by any means necessary,” Tip proclaims. “I’m just gonna kick some asses on these little kids who think they can jump on my little baby.” Funny thing is, we wouldn’t be surprised if Major grew up to be the strongest, tallest, fastest of the bunch.

2. Tell Your Story

When King expresses an extreme interest in the “gangster” lifestyle, Tip jumps in to explain that his children shouldn’t glorify a world of crime and violence–especially one they’ve never known. To break it down even further: they’re not ’bout that life. “Those guns are gonna get you in trouble, I’ll tell you that right now,” he says. Rather than simply discourage them from pursuing their dreams, Tip encourages his children to tell their own story, and learn what they can offer the world. “Don’t let your life imitate art, let art imitate your life,” he says.

3. You Can’t Fall In Love With Everything You See

Over three seasons, we’ve seen that King has a definite way with women. But when he comes home talking about a girlfriend (who has a tendency to write threatening love letters) Tip worries he’s putting all of his eggs in one basket. As a Harris man he’ll have his “picks and choosies” of many women, and he’s much too young to get tied down to something so serious just yet.

4. Video Games Are Good, But People Are Better

Major’s fascination with movies and video games has Tip worried he’s a little behind in the socialization game. “Life is to be lived in three dimensions, not just in the height and width of your computer screen,” Tip instructs. In effort to make sure he’s getting enough Vitamin D and human interaction, T.I. organizes a play date at Monkey Joe’s with family pal Melo. “It’s important to cultivate relationships at an early age,” he says. Mission accomplished.

5. Family First

If you dream it, you’ll achieve–that’s what Tip hopes to impart of his family during the filming of his music video for “Hello.” From soliciting their suggestions for video concepts to casting everyone from Tiny to Major in the clip, he shows his family that there is nothing they can’t do, and even less they can’t do together: “If you include God and family, you’ll be aight.” We certainly have enough evidence of that.

Check back with VH1 Blog, VH1 Celebrity and VH1 Tuner this weekend as we salute King Tip and his fatherly wisdom by unveiling a slew of exclusive interviews, video content, never-before-seen photos, and T.I. performances. It all culminates in a 7-hour on-air marathon of The Family Hustle on Sunday at 12 pm ET/PT.

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