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Unusually Good Parents

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The “parenting” industry in this country is huge. There’s no limit to the number of books, movies, workshops, TV shows and “specialists” dedicated to teaching parents how to be parents. Parents today can opt to use methods, programs, psychologies, systems, programs, time outs and counting from one to three, and whatever works is fine by me.

With so many children of celebrities having gotten themselves into a variety of pickles over the years actors, rock stars and models are probably not the first people you’d go to get good advice about your kids. That’s why I was very surprised and delighted to learn that two of the best parents I’ve ever seen are Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed. Who in the world would ever expect a rock demon and Playmate centerfold to have two of the nicest kids you could imagine?

To begin with I rarely watch TV and especially reality shows. I was never a big Kiss fan because I was into Disco when they reigned. My son is almost 20 so I really don’t need parenting tips. But while channel surfing one day I caught a commercial for The Gene Simmons Family Jewels reality show. It was one that featured Nick Simmons and never mind that he’s just adorable, the 20 something seemed genuine and well…just nice.

So I tried the show and got hooked. This couple’s two children Sophie and Nickolas seem like the most well adjusted, polite, unpretentious kids ever.
Watch a clip of Gene in full Kiss costume spitting blood all over the stage and “father of the year” doesn’t exactly come to mind. But both Gene and Shannon have raised intelligent, reasonable kids with ethics. They appear to be kind, considerate and respectful, and both seem proud and unabashed to show that they love their parents.

The family exhibits consistent open communication and no one is ever judgmental. They support each others endeavors and are always there for each other.

Gene’s great work ethic and Shannon’s optimistic attitude have produced a couple of incredibly grounded kids that anyone would love to have their child bring home with them.

Many of us could learn a little something from them. Bravo Gene & Shannon.

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EmpowHER Guest

Jealous!!! You're all jealous!!! What man wouldn't want to be Gene Simmons? Sex tape? Yes, I have seen it. NOT HIM!!! As a lifelong fan of Kiss, I tell you it's NOT HIM! But, so what if it is? If I were him, I wouldn't cough up a nickle to blackmail. And, if you know him, you'd know that he is one of the most thankful, and humble people in show business. Look where the guy came from. I say, "you go, boy!! You've worked for it! You've earned it!! Do with it what you will!" Living the American Dream. Which is more than most Americans aspire to. Everyone just shut up & enjoy the show!

October 31, 2010 - 8:37am
EmpowHER Guest

All you complainers here of course you live absolute perfect lifes never did anything that would be consider wrong. I don´t believe that for a second so quit the hoolier than you attitude. The sex tape was used as to blackmail Gene Simmons he refused to pay and they put it up on the internet so get your facts straight.
Why are you watching it? Are some porn freak? Lets put up your own sextape and we gladly judge you. Think what you will of Gene Simmons he says what he thinks and thats not always political correct but I think thats more honest than hide what you really think as many people do. So he sleept with many women so what does that make him a lesser person? He never used alchol, drugs or smoked in his life how many of you complainers can say you never did that. So before you judge others take a long hard look at yourself first.

October 22, 2010 - 5:30pm

At first I didn't think I'd like Gene because he seemed so conceited but once I started watching the show I got to like him. He's intelligent and driven, he's had tremendous success and he loves his family. I imagine it must be hard to be humble. If the arrangement they have works than who are we to judge?
As for the many, many women he's been with, I don't think anyone forced them.
Nick is just adorable. If I was only about 100 years younger!

October 22, 2010 - 1:06pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to Teri Borseti)

Hi Teri

I don't think anyone would say he forced anyone although they were not the one committed to another woman. Oh and if you see the sex tape (don't, it'll make you heave!) it's clear all his bragging is a total lie, in every sense - LOL!

And I dunno, maybe Nick likes his ladies a little older?.....


October 22, 2010 - 1:29pm
EmpowHER Guest

I am pleasantly surprised that Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed have such a lovely and normal family. It takes consistant hard work from both of them to accomplish this over the years. The kids are both well rounded and just nice to watch on TV.

October 22, 2010 - 11:59am
HERWriter Guide

Hi All

Thanks Teri, for your article. The clips I have seen of the Simmons children (they are near adulthood now, I believe, if not there already) does show them to be polite, level-headed and quite funny!

Regarding the lie detector test - it was not administered correctly (not even close) and would never be considered valid by police/FBI etc. It was done to ensure he would pass it and for entertainment purposes (ie; it was done for his reality show!)
I thought that fact had been established.

I've had the misfortune to see a few minutes of the sex tape (which is legitimate) and with a woman besides his longterm girlfriend Shannon. It's alternatively funny (she refuses to kiss him and keep avoiding him as he tries to slobber all over her!) and, well, gross and is about as sexy as C-span.

But that may not make him a bad parent. It does, however, make him a horrible boyfriend! But Shannon obviously knows about the tape and his other infidelities and seems ok with it. Some couples have arrangements like that.

I don't personally like Gene Simmons (his treatment of women in general has been vile throughout his life- his interview with the great Terry Gross being a prime example) and he is unbearably arrogant and admits it freely! However, people we don't like can have good kids! I think his kids prove that - they really do seem wonderful!

BTW - Isn't is amazing how much the son looks like the Dad?!
And all in all, I vote a thumbs up for those kids!


October 22, 2010 - 11:43am

that's fine because your narrow mindedness amazes me! Have a swell day.

October 22, 2010 - 5:48am
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Anonymous (reply to Teri Borseti)

No, you!


October 22, 2010 - 6:29am

You folks need to lighten up.

October 21, 2010 - 7:04pm
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Anonymous (reply to Teri Borseti)

Right, after all, we're in it for the cheap laughs and the money, right?
Your ignorance regarding this matter amazes me.

October 22, 2010 - 4:02am
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