Mark Wahlberg wants his children to ''trust'' him.

The 42-year-old actor - who has kids Ella, 10, Michael, eight, Brendan, five, and Grace, four, with wife Rhea Durham - thinks it is important to have a close relationship with his family so they aren't ''terrified'' of him, but he insists that doesn't mean he won't administer discipline when needed.

He said: ''I think the most important thing is to always be involved in every aspect of their life. To give them enough trust that they can share things with you. I don't want them to be terrified of me, you know?

''But I don't want them to think they can do whatever they want and get away with it, either, because they can't.''

The 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' star - who spent time in prison when he was younger - is proud of his success but worries his wealth means his kids won't ''appreciate'' things in the way he did when he was younger and growing up in a poor area.

He told the new issue of Esquire magazine: ''The biggest thing for me is, you know, as quickly as I was able to turn it around, to get from there to here, from me having nothing as a kid to me here now, providing everything for my kids, it's like, I worry that maybe they won't appreciate things.

''I worry that maybe they'll have a sense of entitlement. You don't wanna give your kids everything without giving them the tools to be great people.''