The present discourse examines Arnold Schwarzenegger’s unconventional approaches and techniques specifically focusing on the practices of burning shoes and implementing scheduled showers.
Arnold Schwarzenegger discusses the unique upbringing he gave his children, saying that although he may have parented like a “drill instructor,” he is certain that his kids grew up better for it.
According to the actor, his children have “very humorous stories” from their childhood.
He has five children total: four with ex-wife Maria Shriver and one with the family’s former maid, Mildred Baena.
After an event involving his oldest daughter Katherine and her 3-year-old daughter at his home, Schwarzenegger realized that his parenting had an effect on Katherine’s connection with her kid.
“Katherine comes over with Lyla and tells her, ‘Lyla, I told you already not to put the shoes there. Keep your shoes on or put them away; either way, you shouldn’t do what Daddy did and leave them on the stand in front of the fireplace. I’ve forgotten my shoes there twice. The third time he torched them in front of me, I sobbed,'” he told People magazine in an interview promoting his new book.
Schwarzenegger insists that he “absolutely” did burn his daughter’s shoes and takes great satisfaction in the fact that she “uses the same methods that she cried over and complained about” with Lyla, her daughter with husband Chris Pratt. They also raised a little girl named Eloise.
The former governor of California recalled his own upbringing, saying, “Every pair of shoes that I had, of which there was only one pair, I washed and cleaned every day, and I put them away.” So I told them, “I want you guys to do the same thing, despite the fact that you have a lot of shoes. Simply stow them away in the foyer. A mudroom is available to us. Please leave your shoes in the mudroom; I don’t feel like cleaning them.
The actor in “The Terminator” spoke up about some of the challenges he faced as a father.
Schwarzenegger recalls the day when his son Patrick was 9 and he threw his mattress out the window because Patrick didn’t make his bed.
I flung open the balcony door and dragged the mattress, bedsheets, pillows, and everything else out onto the floor. ‘Never ask someone to come to clean your room, shower, or make your bed,’ I warned him, as he recalled. For the simple reason that I showed you how to make the bed,” I said.
Another source of contention between him and Patrick was the time spent in the shower.
“The rain stopped; the storm is finished. According to Schwarzenegger, he once told his kid, who loved taking lengthy, hot showers, that they just had five minutes and that was it before they turned off the water.
“In Munich, they have those showers where you put money into a timer. After all the money had been spent, the taps began dripping ice water. He continued, revealing that Patrick had reverted to old habits: “I said, ‘I’m going to get one like that,’ and that’s precisely what I got.
When he turned on the shower, he started humming and singing, thinking to himself, “Daddy’s not around,” and then the cold water turned on. And then, from downstairs, we heard the scream.
The Austrian-American has been quite open about his modest upbringing, including the fact that he grew up in a tiny house and that his mother had to beg for food. In his words, he “grew up without running water.”