All it takes is a little Chinese food and you’ll have Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ 3 kids eating out of the palm of your hand. Good to know…you know, in case they ever ask me to come over and babysit for them or something.
If you offer my kids free chopsticks, they will do anything. They will
clean their room-they will clean your room if you say, ‘I have a
fortune cookie for you.’
As for Mark and Kelly, they try their hardest to be hands on parents and Kelly enjoys the soccer practice/piano lesson/everything else under the sun shuffle.
"My day is my own. It’s a great life. I want to take my kids to their things. I want to see that."
Mark definitely does his share.
“He’s very involved,” says Kelly. “I’d say we’re 50/50, more so than most couples. He’s good with consistency. He has far more patience than I have. If
the kids look at me and say, ‘I don’t want to make my bed today, help
me,’ I’ll help them. Whereas he’s like, ‘That’s your responsibility,
your room, and you have to pick it up.’ ”
When asked if she has help, Kelly says,
“Oh yeah, of course!” she says. “Oh my god, you need it, especially
with three kids. I am amazed that my mom never had a babysitter, ever.”
But she doesn’t have an army of nannies like some A-listers.
It’s just one person pitching in every day, running errands like
bringing a forgotten lunch to school. “I don’t expect anyone to do my
parenting for me,” she says adamantly.