Jaleel White is one proud papa! The actor recently took to Instagram to share that his daughter, Samaya White, is headed to Middle School.  While sharing the news, the Family Matters star also dished on the lessons that he has learned as a father.

He began, “I always tell other new fathers to drive your child to school in the mornings every chance you get. Something about that morning drive marks time like nothing else. From the first day of school to the last day of school, every year, since the first grade, I started snapping pics. I knew this day would come #sixthgradegraduation.


He continued, “Back before CoVID, she wanted no one else behind the wheel but me and today marked our final drive. As soon as she crossed that leg in the back seat of my car, I knew something had changed for good. She was officially a young lady in that moment. She still lets me tuck her in bed at night but I know that too will come to an end soon. Middle school has arrived. My baby will always be my baby but as you can see, she’s not a baby anymore. Leap into your future, Samaya, be mindful and fearless. Thank you for choosing me to be your father.”

Samaya celebrated her 11th birthday in September of 2020.  “To count how many of my coolest memories revolve around this young queen is the understatement of my existence,” Jaleel wrote in a birthday post. “I cried uncontrollably when you entered this world 11 years ago, Samaya, and I made a couple of promises to you then,” White said.

“One, I would not feed you the lies society begins teaching our children at a very young age,” the celebrity father said. “Your future is not your parents’ past,” White continued. “Two, I would make sure you were better than me in every way imaginable. Sharper, smarter, and faster. I thank your spirit for choosing me to be your Dad. #girldad. A big sparkling cider cheers to your 11th Birthday.”

Photos: Instagram

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