Ashton Kutcher Is Learning He Shouldn't Reward Himself For Basic Parenting Stuff

“I thought I was awesome because I got up early and helped with the kids."
04/11/2017 02:06pm ET | Updated April 13, 2017

Ashton Kutcher is grateful to his family for inspiring him to be a better person every day.

On Saturday, the actor accepted the Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award at the Ron Pearson Center in his home state of Iowa. The award is given to “individuals who consistently demonstrate good character as a visible role model.”

During his acceptance speech, Kutcher dedicated the award to his family, including his wife, Mila Kunis. “I’m telling you, this morning, I woke up, and she kicked my ass on character,” he said.

Kutcher and Kunis are parents to 2-year-old Wyatt Isabelle and 4-month-old Dimitri Portwood.

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Kutcher and Kunis have a newborn son and toddler daughter.

“I thought I was awesome because I got up early and helped with the kids before she woke up, and I let her sleep a little bit,” the actor continued in his speech. “And then she’s like, ‘Well, now you’re gonna act tired? I do it every day.’ But it was a character moment, right? Because she’s right!”

Kutcher added becoming a father has taught him “the greatest lesson” about character.

Getting emotional, the actor said, “When I had these kids, my wife and I had these kids, and we got to share that amazing, amazing, amazing honor, my first response was, I wanted to call my parents and say, ‘I’m sorry, because I never knew how much you loved me.’”

Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis