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Trace Adkins, Man of the House

Trace Adkins photo courtesy of Show Dog-Universal Music.

Trace Adkins is definitely the man of the house. In the latest issue of Good Housekeeping, Trace tells the magazine a little bit about what it’s like to be the only man among five daughters, plus his wife, Rhonda. “I could not make boys,” Trace told the magazine. “After the last one I said ‘Okay, God, I get it.”  While he loves his daughters, being the only man isn’t easy. “It goes against who I am to be interested in ballet,” he said.

One of Trace’s favorite family traditions was started by his 10-year-old daughter when she was little. “During a family meal, we go around the table and everybody talks about the best and worst parts of their day,” Trace said. Talking with his children isn’t something that comes naturally to Trace though. “I didn’t grow up with that,” he said. “My old man was pretty quiet. I have to remind myself to ask them about their lives. It’s not something that comes naturally, but I do try!”

He loves his family, but sometimes, Trace just has to get away. When he needs to escape, he hops on his tractor and disappears. “It’s the most therapeutic machine ever invented,” he said. “Some men get the same benefit from riding a lawn mower, but for me, it’s the tractor.”

Trace has a lot of great traits – he’s so tall he doesn’t need a ladder to change a light bulb! – but he tells Good Housekeeping there is one trait his wife calls his best. He always remembers to put the toilet seat down. “In our house, that’s a pretty big deal,” he said.

For more on Trace and his household of women, pick up the latest issue of Good Housekeeping with Paula Deen on the cover. Fans of Paula can now catch her on GAC in episodes of Paula’s Home Cooking. The next episode airs tonight, January 5, at 8:30 p.m. Eastern. Paula will be cooking up an authentic Southern BBQ with the king of Southern BBQ, Hank “Bucket Head” McTeers, so tune in to learn their secrets! Check schedule for more airtimes >>

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