Jerry O'Connell Is Every Parent Torturing Their Kids With Car-Singing

by Julie Scagell
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Jerry O’Connell is peak dad singing to his girls

If you have kids of a certain age, you’ve obviously tried to get them to like the music you grew up on. You know, the good stuff like Queen, Tina Turner, Johnny Cash, the Notorious B.I.G., and of course, Prince. Actor and dad Jerry O’Connell wanted to make sure his girls got an education on the subject, so he did what any good parent would — he trapped them in a car and screamed “When Doves Cry” at them until they listened.

O’Connell posted the hilarious video on Twitter with the caption, “Teach your children,” and it’s impossible not to belly laugh while you watch. “This is real music. This is real music, listen,” he screams while belting out a version of one of Prince’s classics that would have made him proud. His twin girls, Dolly and Charlie with wife Rebecca Romijn, are tweens now, which makes them the perfect audience for a car concert of this magnitude.

O’Connell is both screaming and singing at his girls, even managing to get a bad-dad joke in there, singing the line, “Maybe I’m just like my father, too bold,” but sings “bald” instead, pointing to his head. We see what you did there, Jerry. Even if your girls may have missed it.

“Guys stop it,” O’Connell says while the girls put their heads in their hands, begging their dad to turn down the music. He, of course, just sings louder as he pulls up to their school. “Turn it down, we’re next to the high school,” one of his girls pleads, likely willing a sinkhole to open up and swallow their car whole.

O’Connell seems to be nailing the parenting thing in general. “I am excited I am having girls. I know guys are supposed to say, ‘I want a boy. I want to play baseball,’ but I think I’m going to be good raising girls,” he told PEOPLE in 2008 after learning their twins were girls. “They’re going to be tough chicks. They’re only having sex when I’m dead. If they don’t date boys at all and just want them to be infatuated with their father, that’s what I’m really going for,” he joked.

It’s our job as parents to embarrass our kids. When they get to a certain age our mere existence is horrifying enough to them, so why not pile it on? It’s one of the few highlights of parenting tweens and teens because, hormones. There’s no better way than singing, dancing, or moving our bodies around in general to get them to run screaming from the room. But the car? There’s nowhere for them to go — and that can be a wonderfully entertaining thing.

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