The England international's career has been plagued by injuries, but he explained that he now realises that football is not everything.
The 23-year-old has not featured for the Gunners during the 2015./16 campaign, having fractured his left fibula in pre-season. It has been the latest blow that means that despite making his Premier League debut eight years ago, he has still only made 100 top-flight appearances for the club.
Despite spending another lengthy spell on the sidelines, Wilshere explained that having children has helped him to put things in perspective.
"You're working longer days when you're injured than when you're fit but when you go home, get in the door, and they tell you they've missed you it does make it all worth it," he said.
"It makes you grow up a lot. I can't remember much of my life before I had kids but what I do remember is playing football, going home, playing on the Playstation and doing anything I wanted.
"It's strange because I was out for a year when I had Archie and then when I finally came back he was running around and playing football himself. It does make you grow up and want to go out on the pitch to do them proud.
"It makes you grow up as a person and put other people first. There's nothing more important than your kids," he said.
The midfielder's positivity highlights how determined he is to prove that he still has a long-term future at the highest level.
His most recent return - which came towards the back-end of last season - saw Wilshere maintain the style of play that has helped establish him as one of the most gifted players in the England side.
However, it is that same style that has seemingly led to his injuries, as his wonderful close control forces defenders to utilise tough challenges to try and halt his runs.
While changing the way he plays the game may prevent further injury, it could also deny Wilshere finally fulfilling his potential.