I absolutely love Stephen Colbert – and who knew he was such a parenting wiz. When it comes down to relationships and parenting – you have to have a sense of humor. You just have to laugh and I feel like they do a lot of laughing at the Colbert household.
Below are some words of wisdom from his interview with BuzzFeed. You can read the rest here.
Stephen Colbert is a superior father and he has the proof to back that up. “I have a mug that actually verifies that I’m the world’s best dad,” he told BuzzFeed. “That’s a mug. That’s not me talking. You can’t just buy those.” The Colbert Report host took time to chat via phone while promoting his new DreamWorks animated comedy, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, in which he plays a less-than-perfect father named Paul Peterson. “It’s like Midnight in Paris, but for kids,” Colbert said of the film. Outside of the realm of animation, the comedian has three children (ages 18, 15, and 12) with his wife Evelyn McGee. Colbert talks about what it’s like to be a famous dad — the good, the bad, and the most hilarious moments.
Lesson 1: Cherish your 6-year-old.
“Every year has its own special thing, but there’s something about 6 years old,” Colbert said wistfully. “They’re just old enough that they can feed themselves, clean themselves, and they still really like you. That’s when they say, ‘All right, we’re going to take them and put them in school.’ And it’s like, ‘Ugh, we just got them all perfect!’”
Lesson 2: Do not expect your teenagers to like you.
“The 12-year-old still seems to like me,” he said of his youngest son. “That’s nice! I think all three of them like me, but I’ve got two teenagers, and a 12-year-old. He’s within months of being a teenager. Then it’s all over. Then my wife and I might as well live alone.”