Jerry Seinfeld Reveals the 'Poison Ps' of Parenting
In a revealing new interview with PARADE, comedian Jerry Seinfeld speaks at length about his approach to parenting Sascha, 9, Julian Kal, 6 ½, and Shepherd Kellen, 4 ½, his three children with wife Jessica Seinfeld.
At the heart of their philosophy are the “poison Ps” — three rules the couple swear by.
First on the list is praise, something Jerry feels parents dole out more often than they should. “We tell our kids, ‘Great job!’ too much,” he says. Problem solving claims the second position, with Jerry opining that society “refuse[s] to let our children have problems.” He elaborates,
As for Jerry’s final “poison P” — giving kids too much pleasure — the point was made by a mom ordering cookies for her three children not far from where the interview was being conducted. “Can you believe this?” he asks. “It’s 5:30 p.m. — when will they have dinner? At 8?”
Click below to read how Jerry thinks parents can ensure that their children become good adults.
As for why parents overindulge their children, Jerry goes on to share his “far-fetched” theory, which centers on the notion that kids today are not as innocent as they once were.
The best way to ensure that children grow up to be good adults is to set a good example for them, according to Jerry. “Kids are not going to do what you tell them to do or think like you tell them to think,” he explains. “Kids are watching how you deal with that waiter or that handyman, and they are probably more likely to imitate you.”
Imitating Sascha, Julian and Shepherd has been comedy gold for Jerry, 55, who says that his children have provided him with “a great creative corridor” when it comes to his stand-up routines. “If I was younger, I’d have six kids by now,” he confesses.