How Celebrity Dads Teach Their Kids To Share (Video)

14/04/2014 17:55 | Updated 20 May 2015

Hank Azaria fatherhood documentary sharing

Teaching children to share can be tricky, as Hank Azaria learns in the ninth episode of his Fatherhood documentary series.

Hank is best known for his work providing voices for characters on The Simpsons, including Moe, Apu, Chief Wiggum and Comic Book Guy. But his toughest role to date has been being a father to his three-year-old son, Hal.

Hal has just started nursery and is having a tough time learning to interact and socialise with his classmates. Indulgent dad Hank acknowledges that he is partly to blame for the situation, because at home Hal is allowed to take charge,

"I pretty much let him make up a game and I play it," Hank admits in Episode 9: To share or not to share. "The problem with that is he's been overindulged on that level and he's had a hard transition at school.

"I've watched it happen, he'll walk up to another three-year-old and say no you have to do it this way – basically do the three-year-old version of f*** you pal, I'll play this game the way I feel like playing."

In the video above, Hank seeks advice from child care experts and his famous friends about how to help children learn to take turns and share.

He discovers that sometimes you have to fight your urge to intervene, or risk becoming what The West Wing actor Joshua Melina calls 'playground monster parents' - mums and dads who are 'all up in their kid's grill and mediating every moment'.

Hank also learns that it's important not to be too tough on kids if they take a while to catch on. Sharing is a difficult concept, which even some parents struggle to grasp - as Mike Myers demonstrates when he's asked what message the repetitive Take Your Turn song from children's TV show Yo Gabba Gabba is trying to convey:

"I think it's every man for himself."

More on Parentdish


Suggest a correction