Russell Wilson understands that loving a woman also means loving and accepting her children, and the NFL baller has no problem proclaiming his love for wife Ciara’s first born, Future Zahir Wilburn, 4.

During a sit-down with Buzzfeed, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback shared his advice to parents of blended families, saying, “In terms of tips, I mean, you know being there for your kids, you know, tucking them down, putting them to bed, going to as many things as you can.”

He shared what becoming a step-parent has taught him about love.

“And I think ultimately—you know the thing that I’ve learned the most and I think this is real, the thing that I’ve learned the most is that being a stepdad and then also having our little daughter as well, being a stepdad, you really find out what love’s like. It’s interesting. It’s easy to love somebody that’s blood and everything else, but when you can love somebody just like it’s your own child and everything else, that’s what real love is like.”

Ciara shared her eldest with her ex, rapper Future. She and Wilson share daughter Sienna.