Leslie Odom Jr. Quotes on Hamilton Parenting Lessons
Leslie Odom Jr.'s Daughter Gets a Lullaby Every Night Before Bed, but It's Not From Hamilton!
Leslie Odom Jr. and Nicolette Robinson share more parenting responsibilities now than ever before, but one thing that is solely on Mommy's task list? Singing bedtime songs.
"I always do the lullabies," Robinson, who made her Broadway debut in Waitress in 2018, told POPSUGAR. "'You Are My Sunshine' is one of her favorites that I sing to her. I taught her 'We Shall Overcome' and a couple of songs from Waitress — it's very dear to my heart."
The one song they've surprisingly never sung to their 3-year-old daughter, Lucille Ruby? Hamilton's "Dear Theodosia."
Odom — who is hosting a virtual read-along party with his family in partnership with Carter's this holiday season — admitted that the renowned show's music was "a late arrival to our family unit," and the couple laughed at how their kiddo didn't know the hit songs until it began streaming on Disney+. "But we have a strong appreciation for it," Robinson said.
In fact, Odom told POPSUGAR that "there's not an occasion that you can have in your life that Hamilton doesn't speak to in some way," even parenting.
"The promise that they make to those kids to be the best version of themselves, to pave the way and make sure that the road is a kinder and righter way than they walked, that's what we cling to as parents."
"I don't think [Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr] are great parenting examples," the Broadway show's former star said. "Hamilton serves as a great warning about what not to do, but if you freeze things in time, looking at just that moment of those two young parents — with Hamilton looking over Philip's cradle and Burr looking over Theodosia's cradle — the promise that they make to those kids to be the best version of themselves, to pave the way and make sure that the road is a kinder and righter way than they walked, that's what we cling to as parents."
Just last week, when Odom announced his wife's pregnancy news on Instagram, he referenced a line from the song, noting that "we'll make it right for you," and that he was praying for all the other babies being birthed during this historic time. "Obviously I posted that because at that moment . . . that pure moment of hope as a parent is something that I know acutely now. I didn't know it then. I wasn't a parent when I was singing that song back then."