In his new memoir, Dwyane, Dwyane Wade is opening up about his relationship with his youngest son.
The former NBA star writes about the challenge that comes from parenting his 8-year-old son Xavier Zechariah, whom he shares with a woman from a previous relationship.
"Xavier doesn't live with me, so we don't get to see each other every day like I do with my other kids," Wade explains in his memoir, according to PEOPLE. "It makes things challenging at times, but it's my job to make sure he never has to carry that weight."
Dwyane says it’s his duty to make his son feel loved, even if they don’t live together.
"It's up to me to make sure he knows he's being raised with love even if we don't live under the same roof," he writes. "And it's up to me to let him know that while distance may physically separate us at times, I'm always going to be the man he can depend on to love him and help lead him."
He adds: "What I've come to learn over my life is that fatherhood isn't a monolithic image that looks the same in every household. Each relationship is different. All I'm concerned about with Xavier is him always knowing he's loved."
In addition to Xavier, Wade is also father to son Zaire, 19, daughters Zaya, 14, and Kaavia James, 3, and is raising his nephew Dahveon Morris.
PEOPLE reports that Wade speaks a lot about his family in his memoir, including his parents and wife Gabrielle Union. The Miami Heat legend previously spoke with the magazine about his parenting style.
"I think kids appreciate when you try to get to know them," he said. "And you know what I've always tried to do with my kids, from Zaire all the way down to Xavier, from Kaav and Zaya, I try to meet them where they're at, and I don't try to always bring them to where I want them to be, or my world."
He added: "So if Xavier is into Fortnite, then I'm going to try to learn as much about Fortnite as I can to meet him where he's at so we can have conversations about Fortnite, right?"
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