I read this snippet in yesterday’s Daily Dish about the Kiss rockstar’s take on parenting. I was floored. There are actually some celebrities who absolutely get it.
When a friend of mine said comically, “Beat your kids early and often,” I laughed because I agree.
I’m an extreme disciplinarian. I frown when I see kids running amok, kicking their parents. Then the parents smile, “Oh he’ll grow out of it.” Grow out of it, my ass. Those children need to be turned upside down and whacked on the behind—hard! Kids crave discipline. You don’t debate with your kids and try to come to an agreement. You lay out the law of the land. You are the parent.
Read below. I agree with everything he says. Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Gene Simmons is adamant his children will never “go off the rails” because they wouldn’t dare to disobey his super-strict parenting rules.
The Kiss star has two kids, Nick, 21, and Sophie, 18, with his longtime partner Shannon Tweed and has brought them up to be extremely well-behaved.
Simmons admits he is a formidable force as a father, and prides himself on keeping his kids grounded.
He tells Britain’s Daily Record, “My kids are both wonderful human beings. Nicholas is 21, Sophie is 18, they are both straight-A students, charming, well behaved because they are not allowed not to be. It is as simple as that.
“They are not allowed to go off the rails. … The phrase ‘wait until your father gets home’ is good. Parents should never act like a friend to their children.
“I am not their friend, I am their parent and they are going to do as I say. There is no running to their room and slamming the door. That’s my room. That’s my door. Even the poop they poop out is the food I bought them. The air they breathe is my air. They’re allowed to rebel once I kick them out of the house and they earn their own living.”