“Jeopardy!” contestant Ken Jennings may be one of the stars of the game show industry. But when he’s at home, he’s just dad. In a hilarious post, Jennings revealed how his two children reacted to watching their father guest-host the game show.
Jennings responded to a young fan, who was sad and almost broke into tears that Jennings was no longer hosting “Jeopardy!.” In a hilarious reversal, Jennings revealed his children acted the same way. Only they acted that because they had to watch their dad on the show. The game show contestant is often sarcastic and frequently jokes around on his social media.
Jennings wrote, “Ironically, this is how my own kids behaved when they DID have to watch me on Jeopardy.”
Ironically, this is how my own kids behaved when they DID have to watch me on Jeopardy.— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) March 30, 2021
Ken Jennings and His Two Kids
Jennings and his wife Mindy share two children together. The couple met when they were in college and have been sweethearts ever since. The two have a son, Dylan, who is 19, and a daughter, Caitlin, who is 15. Both of Jennings’ children are getting older and are teenagers close to flying the coop. But the game show contestant reflected over the past few years as a parent.
One piece of advice he has for parents is to read to their children every night. As someone who values knowledge, Jennings wanted to share that passion with his children. It’s a ritual he himself practiced when they were growing up.
“The kids were planned,” Jennings told Life Hacker. “(Well, the conceptions were planned. Everything since then has been a total free-for-all.) My career change has been the biggest surprise. I was a perfectly happy suburban dad and computer programmer back in 2004, the year I turned thirty. I was not expecting to win on ‘Jeopardy!’ for six months straight and start a new career as a writer and professional know-it-all.”
Like when he went up against a computer in “Jeopardy!,” Jennings had to adapt to a digital world as a parent. It can be tough when has two children who don’t text him back in a timely manner. Jennings revealed he turned to using apps to help him be a better parent.
“There are gadgets and apps that will parent my kids for me?” Jennings continued. “This sounds fantastic. We do use a ‘find my friends’ app to track the kids at all times since they seem congenitally incapable of answering phone calls or texts in a timely manner.”