Kelly Ripa Wants Her Kids to Have Manners
Ripa thinks kids should be polite all the time.
Kelly Ripa and her husband, Mark Consuelos, aren’t what you’d call avant-garde parents.
Instead, they rely on family dinnertime to talk with their kids–Michael, 13; Lola, 9, and Joaquin, 7—and make it a point to guarantee each child some uninterrupted time. Added Mark, “We have a routine. We go around the table and listen to everyone’s stories of the day, what happened in school, what we liked and didn’t like. And that means, Kelly says, “no interrupting at the dinner table. Lola and Joaquin actually like to cut each other off, so we work on letting everyone finish their thoughts respectfully.”
Kelly and her husband made the remarks while talking to a People reporter at a book signing in Manhattan.
The co-host of Live with Regis and Kelly said that manners weren’t just about not interrupting. “I am very serious about sending thank you notes — to the point where my oldest son, Michael, has asked to not have birthday presents anymore because he doesn’t want the burden of thank you letters!”
“I always tell my kids — you don’t have to be the best at sports, the smartest, the best at math, but you do have to have the best manners,” Ripa, 40, explains. “I don’t tolerate piggish behavior in kids, and mine have learned the hard way.” (celebhotdaily)
Jane Farrell is a senior editor at BettyConfidential.