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“Kids, You Tried Your Best and You Failed Miserably. The Lesson Is Never Try”: Parenting Advice from Homer Simpson

Since 1987, Homer Simpson has been one of the most prolific images of fatherhood in American pop culture. He's a very . . . well, he's a dad. And we see that a lot during the show. He frequently bestows his wisdom to his children, Lisa, Bart, and Maggie. For Father's Day, Debby Witt rounded up Homer's best explanations of parenting and adult life, such as these:

“No, no, no, Lisa. If adults don’t like their jobs, they don’t go on strike. They just go in every day and do it really half-assed. That’s the American Way.”

“Marge, don’t discourage the boy! Weaseling out of things is important to learn. It’s what separates us from the animals! Except the weasel.”

“The key to parenting is don’t overthink it. Because overthinking leads to … what were talking about?”


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