Every so often, a character on a TV show comes along that almost instantly earns pop culture icon status, and Ron Swanson of Parks and Recreation (played to perfection by Nick Offerman) is definitely one of them. With his stoic demeanor and perpetually furrowed brow (oh, and that rad mustache), Ron Swanson remains a powerful presence in the collective unconscious years after Parks and Rec's final season. There's so much to learn about life from this anti-government government employee, even when it comes to raising kids. But can you really use parenting hacks from Ron Swanson on your own children?
Of course! Of course you can borrow a page (or several) from the Ron Swanson playbook when faced with everyday parenting challenges. True, he didn't become a father himself until almost the end of the series, but Ron's trademark wit and wisdom (not to mention his unparalleled practicality) applies to so many situations moms and dads need to navigate. And you can be sure that any kid raised the Ron Swanson way will grow up to be super independent, self-sufficient, and possibly extremely (secretly) wealthy. Make no mistake: Ron Swanson is not what you'd call a helicopter parent. Nor would he ever say he was part of the "free range" movement, mostly because to Ron Swanson, "free range" would sound suspiciously like something hippies made up. No, Ron Swanson's parenting style is more of a "childhood as bootcamp" approach, with just enough humor and warmth to make it work (like, without causing emotional damage).
Whether you're a Parks and Recs fan or not (but isn't everybody?), these Ron Swanson hacks just might make your life as a parent a whole lot easier. Or at least funnier.