Jerry Seinfeld thinks we take this parenting thing way to seriously. The funny guy and father of three sat down with new Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and told Fallon he’s “not a great believer” in the way the helicopter generation of parenting goes about things.
“We’re too into it,” he said. “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.”
That doesn’t mean he doesn’t jump on board, however.
He goes on, “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!”
Ha. My parents totally read to me and knew my name, so I guess I was one of the lucky ones. But I get it. I’m not exactly a relaxed parent myself, and tend towards hovering and constant anxiety. I’m sure I could stand to chill the eff out, and that my daughter would be better off for it in the long run. Easier said than done, probably. Excuse me, I gotta go fret over an imaginary rash on her face.
What do you think? Do you agree with Jerry Seinfeld? Are we too into parenting?