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Matthew McConaughey Opens Up about Raising Creative Kids (They Even Took People’s Cover Photo!)

Matthew McConaughey Opens Up about Raising Creative Kids (They Even Took People’s Cover Photo!)



Gwen Stefani, Matthew McConaughey, Eddie Van Halen, India Oxenberg, Matthew McConaughey posing for the camera: "Being a dad was always my only dream. ... I can’t think of anything being more important," Matthew McConaughey tells PEOPLE


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“Being a dad was always my only dream. … I can’t think of anything being more important,” Matthew McConaughey tells PEOPLE

Matthew McConaughey is no stranger to deftly juggling whatever life throws his way. But like many parents navigating pandemic life, the star has faced the unique challenge of raising his little ones in quarantine.

To McConaughey’s proud delight, Levi, 12, Vida, 10, and Livingston, 8, his with kids wife Camila, 37, have more than risen to the occasion.

“They have doubled down on their hobbies, creative things and parts of themselves I don’t think they would have leaned into if they were back in school,” the 50-year-old Oscar winner tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story, where he exclusively opens up about his life, his new memoir, Greenlights, and the “awe-inspiring” gift of fatherhood.

Matthew McConaughey on Becoming a Father: I Can’t Think of Anything More Important

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  • For more from PEOPLE’s exclusive interview with Matthew McConaughey and an exclusive excerpt from his memoir, Greenlights, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday



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“One of the assets of this COVID quarantine is they’ve been forced to be more self-reliant. They’ve been forced to create their way out of their boredom,” he says.

One particular passion and skill they’ve honed is photography. “They’re into it — all three [of the kids],” he says. “They’re becoming a production crew. It’s very cool, [and] they’re starting to get kind of good at it.”



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Is your life insurance cover adequate? Find out

Is your life insurance cover adequate? Find out

Having inadequate life insurance protection could be as devastating for your dependent family members as not having a life insurance cover at all. If you don’t have any life insurance cover, you may identify your insurance requirement and get the appropriate product. But if your life insurance size is inadequate, you may not know it until you review it correctly.



a close up of an umbrella: Insurance needs change with changes in age, income, expenses, debt, lifestyle, inflation, etc.; and you need to factor in these changes and top-up your insurance purchases.


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Insurance needs change with changes in age, income, expenses, debt, lifestyle, inflation, etc.; and you need to factor in these changes and top-up your insurance purchases.

Hence, it’s essential to understand why you may still be underinsured, how it may impact your family’s financial future and how much protection would you require for adequate coverage.

How to determine adequate cover size

One of the key purposes of a life insurance policy is to ensure financial support to the insured’s dependent family members after his or her death. There are various ways to ascertain the financial need from the insurance point of view; however, the thumb rule is to have life cover of at least 10 times your current annual income. Meaning, if your current annual income is Rs 10 lakh, you should have a life insurance cover worth at least Rs 1 crore. If your cover is less than Rs 1 crore, you are underinsured. Another method to ascertain your life insurance requirement is using the Human Life Value (HLV) method. Under the HLV method, you need to consider your current income, expenses, expected future responsibilities, and goals to determine the insurance need. You may take the help of any HLV calculator available online.

Why your life cover may be inadequate

There are several reasons why your insurance cover may prove to be inadequate. If you have taken your life insurance several years back

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Does life insurance cover death by suicide? It depends

Does life insurance cover death by suicide? It depends

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The Center for Disease Control reports that suicide rates have increased by 35% since 1999 and that suicide is the No. 10 cause of death in America.

Some people might think that life insurance policies don’t cover death is by suicide. However, most life insurance policies have what’s called a suicide clause: If the policyholder dies by suicide within the first two years of the policy, then the insurance will not give beneficiaries the death benefit. If the death occurs after the two-year period, beneficiaries receive the death benefit.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean the process is uncomplicated. If the policyholder failed to disclose mental illness on their insurance application, the death benefit might be withheld.

What is life insurance?

Life insurance is a contract between you and the life insurance company, where you pay premiums (monthly or annually) for a payout that your living relatives will receive upon your death, known as the death benefit. Should you die, the insurance company pays the death benefit to your chosen beneficiary.

There are two types of life insurance: whole (permanent) life and term life. Either can require a medical exam as part of the approval process known as underwriting.

People with certain pre-existing health conditions may be ineligible for traditional life insurance. Therefore, they get no medical exam life insurance. Although there is no medical exam, there is usually a health questionnaire. Failure to disclose certain conditions could result in your beneficiaries not receiving the death benefit. 

Mental illness addressed in the suicide clause

Insurance providers will ask if you ever had

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