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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

Yes great parenting is posting a sex tape of yourself

October 21, 2010 - 1:41pm
EmpowHER Guest

didnt know making a sex tape was good parenting
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October 21, 2010 - 1:17pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

If someone films you having sex without your knowledge and then blackmail you for money and when you refuse to pay put it up on the internet. On what planet would that be making a sextape?

October 22, 2010 - 5:46pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I'm shocked to see this. How can you have him as a testimonial?
Parenting advises from a man who isn't married goes around sleeping with other women and publicly braggs about it?

Is EmpowHER some kind of scam?
You can't be serious about this!

October 21, 2010 - 1:48pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I´m shocked that someone in the year 2010 thinks that you can´t be a good parent if you are not married? In what way shape or form does your parenting skills have to do with who you sleep with or not?

October 22, 2010 - 5:52pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

A recent lie-detector test proved he hasn't been with another woman since he met Shannon in the 80's. One doesn't need to be married to be a good parent. He's there for his kids, he loves them and their mother and provides well for them. A piece of paper won't make him a better parent, he's there.

October 21, 2010 - 2:04pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

And the leaked video is a fake, right? Do you live behind the moon?
Also i quote:
"First, they will be punished.
Second, they might find their little butts in jail, right next to someone who's been there for years and is looking for a new girl friend.We will soon be printing their names and pictures.
We will find you.You cannot hide."
Threatening people with rape! Shortly after you find some charity links on his website.
He's messed up and using you to brighten up his image.
Good way to mess up you own credibility!
I bet the extra money is worth it.

October 22, 2010 - 4:00am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

that is the statement Gene issued after his site was hacked by internet pirates. You need to get your facts straight and lighten up a bit...

October 31, 2010 - 11:55am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

lie detector test? are you stupid?

October 21, 2010 - 3:02pm
EmpowHER Guest

They did a wonderful job. Ever hear of the Nick Simmons Plagiarism Scandal?

October 20, 2010 - 6:01pm
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