They're the kind of growing pains Alan Thicke never had to deal with as a sitcom dad.
Namely, his son Robin's transition from singer-songwriter to lightning-rod-for-controversy. First there was the video for Robin's Blurred Lines - which featured him cavorting with topless models - and then, of course, his MTV VMAs performance with Miley Cyrus. And now there are rumours of infidelity to his actress-wife Paula Patton.
"He's a controversial fellow," acknowledges Alan, 66. "He's perfectly fine on a couple of levels. First of all, he and Paula are as tight as you would expect. Fifteen year olds (they met at high school) falling in love is pretty tough to drive a wedge between ... so they're perfectly comfortable with - and lived in expectation, in fact, of - the press and everything that would come."
Not that Thicke was a fan of Robin's MTV VMA performance with Cyrus.
"Personally, I could have done without him humping Miley's twerk," says Thicke, who just saw a blurred-version of a naked Cyrus in her new video, Wrecking Ball.
"I liked Miley as Hannah (Montana). I'm having trouble making the transition to Jezebel," he jokes. "Well, you know, she's saving money on wardrobe!"
He also believes all the controversy is helping his son, not hurting him.
"His first foray into the business was as the son of a sitcom dad," says Thicke from his Santa Barbara, Calif., ranch, adding he speaks to his son every few days. "You have a giant hole to crawl out of if you're suddenly trying to make it in the music business. His father should have been Barry White, not very white ... So I don't think any of the controversy is problematic for him. In fact, it just gives a little ruffling around the edges."
As close as they are, Robin won't be on hand Sept. 21 when Alan is inducted into the Canada Walk of Fame. Instead, he recorded a tribute video to his dad.
Thicke's own 85-year-old father, however, who lives in Brampton, Ont., will be among his entourage for the CWOF ceremonies both outside and inside Toronto's Elgin Theatre.
"I've followed it for years so I've kind of known the company I'd be keeping is all about," says Thicke of the CWOF honors.
"I know a bunch of those (previous inductees) from over the years, guys like David Foster and (Wayne) Gretzky, we're all compadres, so I'm glad they got around to the 'T"s in the alaphabet.
"I probably would have felt left out if many more years had gone by ... I think it's an important and terrific honor and wonderful accolade and I'm delighted with it."
Over the years, Thicke also hosted Canadian game shows, Canadian and American talk shows, produced and was the head writer for Norman Lear's cult classic Fernwood 2-night, and wrote the theme songs for such TV shows as Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life.
The Kirkland Lake, Ont. native is currently filming a new reality TV show - working title: The Thicke of Things.
He says after saying no to several offers, he reconsidered starring, along with his family, in The Thicke of Things, which will air on Slice in spring 2014.
"We weren't comfortable with the combative nature of popular reality shows," says Thicke. "Reality shows now are lighter, warmer, friendlier, sometimes. ... The Duck Dynasty people are now No. 1 in all of reality... We're really looking at this as a reality-comedy show. ... It's kind of like if The Kardashians met Larry David or Honey Boo Boo."