Alan Jackson says when it comes to his family -- which includes wife Denise and daughters Mattie, Ali and Dani -- he deals with life issues just like any other guy.
One of his most pressing issues is watching his daughters grow up and gain their independence.
Twenty-year old Mattie is Alan's first born and recently got her very own place. The experience, Alan admits, is bittersweet. "She just moved into an apartment and started cooking food and we had to buy her cooking utensils, and it's like she's a little adult now," Alan boasts to Nashville's Tennessean newspaper. "It's amazing."
The family, who until recently called their sprawling 135-acre estate named Sweetbriar home, were in for a rude awakening when they first eased her out of their nest and into her college dorm a couple years ago. Buying what they felt were necessities for her home-away-from-home, the proud parents used a trailer to haul her new possessions to college, where they realized they were ill-prepared for her new surroundings.
"It was tiny and looked like a jail cell," he recalls. "She had so much stuff it wouldn't even fit in a room. We started carrying it in and the people that had lived in the dorm for a year or two were laughing, saying 'What are you going to do with all of that?' We had to take half of it home."