The late David Bowie’s son, filmmaker Duncan Jones, said fatherhood drained the fun from his life. And many found his description of parenting incredibly offensive and inaccurate.

Jones shared his thoughts on what it means to be a parent on Twitter, and his heart-to-heart “conversation” on social media caused quite a stir on Friday.

Jones tweeted:

I have 2 kids. 2 1/2 years & 9 months old respectively. I’ll tell you something I never see anyone admit… they are exhausting, frustrating & life-destabilizing.

The father of two, 47, went on to say that his children are “rarely fun.”

He continued:

They are rarely fun. Sure, smiles are great, hugs are lovely, but it’s HARD & not obviously a good choice in life.

While many parents acknowledged that raising a child can be hard work, Jones received flak for confessing his frustrations:

However, the “no fun” problem definitely resonated with some people.

Jones received sympathy from parents who said doing the work of caring for children is often insurmountably difficult:

The movie director was both praised and condemned for his honest words and followed up his post with a second tweet:

This is where people feel compelled to say ‘I wouldn’t change it for the world!’ But you know…Of course, I’d reconsider! It’s exhausting! It’s banal! It’s like looking after a dog you can’t housetrain. What it is, is that it is. & they are mine. Hopefully, they turn out ok.

The Duncan Jones film WARCRAFT is already the highest-grossing video game adaptation of all time. It has grossed over $379 million worldwide, surpassing Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

Posted by David Bowie Downunder – News Feed on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Jones and his wife, Rodene Ronquillo, welcomed their firstborn, Stenton David Jones, six months after Bowie died from cancer in 2016, reports the Daily Mail.

Do you agree or disagree with Jones’ comments?

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3 Replies to “David Bowie’s Son Says Parenting Is ‘Rarely Fun.’ Now People Are Saying He Needs a Reality Check”

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    The operative word here is ‘kids.’ I have a child, who when she was young, I totally enjoyed! She had a perspective that was different from mine, even at a very young age. I embraced that! I directed her into good behavior, she surrounded herself with excellent friends. She’s an only child. That in itself may be the key. I grew up as 1 of 4 and I didn’t like the fighting, jealously and meanness. That behavior naturally carries over into other relationships. It’s demanding to be a good parent. You have to put down the phone and make some time for one-on-one. Bedtime was always special because we read classic children books, which I never read when I was a child. We did a lot of things that I never got to do when I was growing up. So I guess it’s what you make of it, an opportunity for fun or just another chore.

  • Debbie 1 year ago

    I agree with him There isn’t much that is fun about it it alters your life and you can never get it back to the way it was before having them

  • Debbie 1 year ago

    You get out of children what you put into it. Here’s a guy (Jones) who has nothing to do with his own mother. A bit cold or emotionally limited?

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