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Q&A With Davis Guggenheim

Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

Read our Q&A with Davis Guggenheim, director of Waiting for “Superman” (available now on DVD), Academy Award winner, father of three, history buff, and bad cook:

  • Describe your parenting style in one word Improvisational.
  • Favorite TV family of all time (real or fictional) The Bunkers from All in the Family.
  • Last meal you made for your family Gluten-free pancakes. Two kids didn't eat. One barfed.
  • Craziest thing you've done while sleep-deprived I woke the kids for school at night. I had read the clock incorrectly.

  • Favorite subject in school American history.

  • Behavioral/physical trait you hope your children don't inherit from you General slobbishness.

  • Song that best describes your parenting experiences “Dazed and Confused” by Led Zeppelin.

  • Last lost toy/object you helped your child find Always my 4-year-old's blanket—always hidden in an impossible place.

  • Best piece of parenting advice you ever got “You don't teach them. They teach you.”

  • First word that pops into your head when we say “dad” Trying. (Double meaning intended.)