Jerry Seinfeld dropped a truth bomb on American parents this week, and if I could, I’d kiss him on the mouth for it.
We’re all too into this parenting thing, and it’s ruining us and our kids!
My children are three and five, and the longest period of time I’ve ever been away from them was once last year when I went on a work trip to New York City for two nights.
It’s only now that I’m realizing just how completely mental my parenting approach has been. All this time spent with my children, obsessing over the bedtime story count, how many hours they’re watching TV, whether or not they’re eating gluten, isn’t making me a better parent — it’s making me a worse parent! Parents need breaks. Parents need vacations. Parents need lots and lots of kid-free time.
This relentless, helicopter-style of parenting that seems to dominate nowadays is as exhausting as all the clever DIY projects on Pinterest. What’s happened to our generation? Why are we all trying to be the valedictorians of parenting?
Come on, man! Can’t we all just agree to chill out together?
Seinfeld is spot-on when he says, “We’re too into this thing. I don’t know how we got so into it. When we were kids our parents didn’t give a damn about us. They didn’t even know our names.”
We’re all so busy flagellating ourselves for not reading five bedtime stories after flossing our kids’ teeth for them that we’re missing out on enjoying our time as parents.
Seinfeld’s family is no different, apparently. As he told Jimmy Fallon, “The bedtime routine for my kids is like this royal coronation jubilee centennial of rinsing and plaque and dental appliances and the stuffed animal semi-circle of emotional support and I gotta read eight different moron books. You know what my bedtime story was as a kid? Darkness!
Watch the full video here, and immerse yourself in some classic Jerry Seinfeld truthiness.
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