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Everything You Need To Know About Parenting In 13 Jack Black Quotes

Your kids are probably only aware of Jack Black because he’s the voice of a panda who loves kung-fooooooo. But Black is so much more than the star of karate-themed cartoons. He fronts Tenacious D, the (self-proclaimed) greatest rock band in the world. He stole High Fidelity out from under John Cusack in one of his top 5 performances. He even made Gulliver’s Travels watchable. But most of the time Jack is being a big kid with his sons Thomas and Samuel. Here is the collected parenting wisdom from JB.

On Things That The Kids Say
“I’m fairly certain YOLO is just carpe diem for dumb people.”

On Sentimental Advertising
“The other day I was watching [a commercial] for a cereal. The father’s trying to feed the baby and it calls him mama. He keeps going, ‘It’s dada.’ I came over all sniffly because it happened to me! Sammy didn’t call me dada for ages.”

On The Number One Dad Rule
“Fatherhood is just about being present for the kids when they need you. Fatherhood is about getting them ready for when you’re gone. That’s a dark way to say it, but it’s all about teaching them to be able to take care of themselves, to survive on their own, taking off the training wheels. Also, it’s just about enjoying your kids and appreciating their gifts and their sense of humor. I get tons of satisfaction just watching them play.”

On The Downside Of Babies
“The only negative is that you spend a lot of time worrying about this delicate little life. I didn’t know I could feel so much, and was surprised by my own awesome heart.”

On Strict Parenting
“You’ve got to say: “No more sweets, you’ve had enough. No more TV, it’s time to go to sleep … it’s one in the morning!””

On His Status As A Family Movie Guy
“I’d rather be the king of kids, then the prince of fools.”

Jack Black Parenting Quotes

On Being The Rock And Roll Dad
“People would be surprised to know how strict I can be, though. It’s not just like Disneyland all the time. It’s all about boundaries. You’ve got to keep them in line to a certain degree. I’m in trouble if they are like me when I was a kid when they are older!  But I know they are probably going to be like me. I’m not the rock-and-roll dad that everyone wants me to be all the time  … I am sometimes.”

On ‘For Those About To Rock …’
“There’s nothing you can really do to prepare to rock. Do you prepare to eat a delicious meal? Are you hungry? Then you’re gonna eat it.”

On Diet Math
“I’m gonna drop 50 pounds. How many quarter-pounders with cheeses is that? I’m gonna drop 200 quarter-pounder with cheeses.”

On Being Unpredictable
“I think of myself as an entertainment arsenal. Like I have my acting bazooka and my music machete. And you don’t know what I’m going to come at you with.”

Jack Black Parenting Quotes

On Listening To What You Like
“I’ve had so many hot, cheesy, corny loves of music in my life. I had a very intense Billy Joel period. There’s some good periods of Joel; it’s not all hot cheese. But I can’t judge anyone else for their cheese. I’ve deep-sea dived in the Gouda.”

On The Danger Of Divorce
“There’s something about a divorce in that even if your parents still love you, the fact that they can’t live with each other makes you feel there’s something wrong with you.”

On The Most Powerful Body Part
“You must never underestimate the power of the eyebrow.”