Jerry Seinfeld shared his little secret about parenting with the Naughty But Nice Rob team at Baby Buggy at Victorian Gardens at Wollman Rink – it’s video games.
How do you entertain your kids on rainy days?
-Who wants to play video games?
I know you love your kids but…
-How do you know?
You’re right! I’m assuming you do.
Okay what’s the one thing they do that makes you consider having them adopted out?
-I don’t really care what they do to be honest. It doesn’t bother me. I have a great mom.
How do you keep the kids busy during road trips?
-Who likes video games?
What are you doing this summer?
You sound like a sedentary father.
-No I’m not ever that busy. I’m asleep.
But you guys do play baseball.
-We do play a lot of baseball and now a lot of basketball. A lot of the back of the bedroom door basketball.
You must be happy with Matt Harvey?
-Thrilled, thrilled. Yeah he made my whole summer. I love that guy.
You know what you’re getting for Father’s Day already.
-I didn’t get it. I just got a picture of it and it’s like, ‘Here’s what you’re getting.’ It’s a coffee maker but I’m thrilled because prior to that every year I’ve gotten the balls that hang from the string, you pull one out and it knocks the other. I’ve gotten that every year. I have a collection of those. That’s the, ‘I-don’t-give-a-rats’-ass-present’ that most fathers get.
However, his wife – Jessica Seinfeld, has a different approach.
Are you an old school parent?
-I’m not interested in talking about my children with other parents. I don’t want to listen particularly to other people talk about their kids so I certainly assume that nobody wants to hear about mine. I just feel like my parents made me walk miles, my parents were not interested in my feelings so much so I feel that I am more, ‘This is how we’re doing it, not ‘Oh how did you feel when I said this to you?’ I can’t get into that style of parenting. I try to spend a lot of time with my kids and I feel that’s the best thing I can do.
Who’s the good cop and bad cop in the house?
-I’m bad. Jerry’s perfect.
Is he a pushover?
-Not a pushover. He’s really become an incredible father the last few years now that my kids are getting older. When the kids were babies he was definitely more hands off. He travels a lot so it’s hard to come in and out of that situation. Lately I will look at him if something is going wrong. I just have to raise an eyebrow and knows he has to also start yelling. I’m not the only yeller anymore which is nice.
I yell all the time. I’m not ashamed of it. I’m not embarrassed of it. I’m also really nice and I’m also really fair. I’m totally, totally sure about my style of parenting because everyone who knows us says our kids are amazing and adults love our kids and kids like our kids too so I feel like I know I’m doing a good job because so many people I respect like my kids. I’m not going to apologize for being a yeller or not being into feelings all the time. I’m doing the best I can. I try to fill up their lives with great and interesting things to do. We don’t buy them video games. I don’t let them sit at a table and use the iPad while we’re having a dinner.
So how do you cope with all those Upper West Side mothers?
-I can’t stand it.