Henry Wrinkler had a difficult upbringing. He was born with dyslexia to critical parents who placed too much emphasis on school, which was the one area in which he did not thrive. They were occasionally harsh to him about it, even calling him “Dumm Hund,” which translates to “dumb dog.”
They were sure that he was not living up to his full potential and was too sluggish to do so. As a result, he was grounded for the most of his high school career. In an earlier interview, he was asked about his memories of his mother, and he claimed that he only remembers her laughing twice.
He hadn’t forgotten; it was simply the way things were. The first time he recalls her laughing was when they tickled her into a closet, and the second time was when she discovered a humorous innovation while reading an article one day.
She was the type of lady who would lash out at him at the tiniest insult. It all had a major impact on who he would become. His tragic background was dreadful, but it inspired Winkler to become a better dad.
Winkler has little or no childhood recollections in comparison to other children. When his peers talked about what they had been up to with their families, Winkler frequently had little to add.
He had no nice recollections of his parents, and he never saw his grandparents because they were all sent to concentration camps. Winkler, now a grandfather, understands how enjoyable it is to spend time with his grandchildren and has voiced sadness over growing up without his grandparents.
Given how difficult his life was, it’s no wonder that Wrinkler is parenting his children differently. He and Stacey discussed their parenting style on a podcast where they both appeared.
Stacey talked about her youth and how her family only had one rule: tell the truth if you don’t want to get in trouble. Her parents always let her explain herself with the truth; according to her, the back and forth she had with them was beneficial to her as a youngster.
Her father was well aware of what was going on in her life, and the environment in their family fostered trust and transparency. Stacey’s parents were the first to find out when she was 17 and lost her virginity to a boy who refused to call her thereafter.
They consoled her and took her to a Russian dance to cheer her up. Stacey has worked hard to bring that kind of parenting into her family, and her husband is supportive.
Their parenting style differs from that of his father, Harry Irving Winkler, owner of an international timber firm, and mom, Ilse Anna Maria. She worked at the same firm as his dad.
They intended him to work for the firm, but his dyslexia held him back and put him under a lot of strain. Winkler lauded his parents for surviving the Holocaust and providing a comfortable life for their children, yet he described them as emotionally abusive.
Wrinkler is a better dad to his children, and despite the fact that all three of them have dyslexia, he has been patient and encouraging, unlike his parents.
Wrinkler now has six grandchildren and has learnt a lot about raising children. He feels that in most child-adult relationships, the adult’s ability to listen is lacking.
Wrinkler enjoys playing with his grandchildren, yet he never defies any restrictions that their parents have previously established, and he has even gone so far as to phone to confirm the regulations before acting.
Wrinkler believes in structure yet wants to accept parents’ visions for their children. Wrinkler may have joy with his grandchildren without worrying their parents.
The elderly actor brings kids to McDonald’s, has been seen on their TikTok videos, and even sings to them. When he is not with them, he communicates with them via Facetime or sends them keepsakes from his trips. At 77, the “Happy Days” star adores being a grandfather, and everybody wants to be his grandchild.
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When he featured on Kelly Clarkson’s show, he explained how he was taken in just by spoon-feeding his newest grandchild. He even mentioned that he cries when he thinks about it, which is another reason why many individuals believe he is the ideal grandparent for any child.