He may have put “The Carlton” on the map, but Alfonso Ribeiro is a lot more than just an iconic dance move on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The sitcom legend is also an incredible father to four wonderful children: Sienna, Alfonso Jr., Anders and Ava.
The TV personality shares his eldest daughter, Sienna, with his ex-wife, Robin Stapler, and his three younger kids with spouse Angela Unkrich. The former couple welcomed Sienna in 2006, but after parting ways the following year, he wed Angela in 2012. The lovebirds expanded his family when son Alfonso Jr. was born in 2013, followed by Anders in 2015 and Ava in 2019.
Alfonso has made parenting his No. 1 priority since becoming a dad, but he’s raising his kids in a way that is a little different than most. Instead of confining his children to the classroom, the Catch 21 host loves teaching Sienna, Alfonso Jr., Anders and Ava about the world by traveling.
“I think travel is the greatest way to educate your family,” he exclusively told Closer in 2019. “Yes, you can read about things in books, but nothing lands and sticks with you throughout your life than personal experience.”
The America’s Funniest Home Videos star expanded on his love for traveling while chatting with Closer on a more recent occasion in July. Looking back on the last year amid the coronavirus pandemic, Alfonso said the “best decision” he made was purchasing an RV for their clan.
“I bought an RV. So even though most of the country was on lockdown, we were able to travel, because ultimately, we were in our home,” the doting dad dished. “We weren’t going to any hotels. We were staying together in our [RV] and going to national parks.”
So far, the Emmy nominee and his family have visited the Grand Canyon, Mesa Verde National Park, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone and more. Reflecting on how he “would have never thought to” embark on their adventure if it weren’t for the COVID-19 lockdown, Alfonso said he’s grateful because the time they’ve spent together has “allowed [him] to become more of a hands-on dad.”
“The idea I get to spend more time with my family, with the kids … [it] makes me that more proud of what we’re able to do — my wife and I — as a family,” he gushed. “And I know I’ll never get this time back. I’m getting to do that while spending great time with the kids.”
When it comes to his iconic dance, The Carlton, which he flaunted on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air for six seasons, Alfonso’s kids learned the dance themselves. In a July 2021 interview with Yahoo.com, the dad of four shared that his children performed The Carlton in Lake Tahoe at the American Century Golf Championship.
“Rather than be by myself, I actually brought my kids out to do the dance with me,” he said. “The weird thing is I’ve never taught them how to do the dance; they just learned it themselves. I think my oldest son, A.J., learned how to do the dance and then taught my younger son, Anders, how to do it. I just did it with Ava in my arms.”
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