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Are We Overdoing it? And Some Other Gems


Jerry Seinfeld On the three poison ‘P’s of parenting.

The first is Praise – "We tell our kids, 'Great job!' too much," he says.

The second is Problem-solving – "We refuse to let our children have problems. Problem-solving is the most important skill to develop for success in life, and we for some reason can't stand it if our kids have a situation that they need to 'fix.' Let them struggle – it's a gift."

Just as he's explaining the third P – "Giving your child too much Pleasure" – a woman comes in the deli with her three young daughters and buys them all huge cookies. 

"Can you believe this?" Seinfeld says, gesturing like his TV counterpart used to. "It's 5:30 p.m. – when will they have dinner? At 8?"

And Jerry’s humour!

“If a book about failures doesn't sell, is it a success?”

“Somebody just gave me a shower radio. Thanks a lot. Do you really want music in the shower? I guess there's no better place to dance than a slick surface next to a glass door.”

“Dogs are the leaders of the planet. If you see two life forms, one of them's making a poop, the other one's carrying it for him, who would you assume is in charge.”

“There is no such thing as fun for the whole family.”

“A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.”

“What I don't understand is how women can pour hot wax on their bodies, let it dry, then rip out every single hair by its root and still be scared of spiders.”

– Jerry Seinfeld