Ryan Reynolds is a father to three – one of them is on the way! — so he knows a thing or two about just trying to survive this wild journey called parenthood. He and wife Blake Lively share daughters James, 7, Inez, 5, and Betty, who turns 3 on October 4th, so things can no doubt get quite chaotic at home. He recently joked about a little trick he’d like to use on his kids that’s “universally frowned upon” and we’ve never felt like we’ve seen each other again.
“I know it’s frowned upon in general, but if I could I’d just stick an iPad in their face.” The Adam Project Stern continued during an appearance Live with Kelly and Ryan last week. “Because I really get the thrill of it. We’re trying to keep screen time down to very small chunks, but…” If only, right? It’s like the little kid’s version of wishing they could have a pacifier taped to their mouths when they were babies (it’s a fun dream, but we would never act on it, of course).
The hosts spoke about the back-to-school season, and host Kelly Ripa, the mother of Michael, 25, Lola, 21, Joaquin, 19, and husband Mark Consuelos, said: “I remember my kids were very excited to see the to get stuff. So, I have to get my pencil case.”
Reynolds replied, “Um, yeah. But that’s like good old-fashioned bribery, right? As if that were so. It’s like, oh, we’re going back to school. I’ll feed you some capitalism and we’ll buy all that shit you don’t need and we’ll never look at it again and that’ll ease the transition to school.”
“‘But aren’t you guys excited?'” host Ryan Seacrest joked.
“Exactly. We’re going to feed our little brains,” adds Reynolds. “Nothing better than that.”
He also joked that everything has a screen. “You buy a box of Cheerios, there’s like a screen on the back.”
Reynolds spent the summer with his kids, which was “actually nice.” That Dead Pool Star stayed home all summer and took a year off from filming (which is now officially over as he’s working on a new project!).
“It was just nice to be home with my family,” he said, adding, “It’s pretty wild.”
“Daylight saving times at home are very special,” Reynolds continued.
Ripa said: “They are still cute. You are in the golden age.”
“Yeah, they’re still cute,” he agrees.
Seacrest asks if his youngest throws tantrums, to which Reynolds hilariously replies, “They all have – I have the most tantrums!”
“But they’re having fun,” he adds. “I would say, I said easily, this is the best summer we’ve ever had as a family. It was just so nice to be home and somehow be present. The children do the same things as all the other children. They draw and paint, you know, they throw their dance parties, they chase Mom and Dad in the woods with a crossbow…” and make everyone laugh. “You think I’m joking. It’s at that time in your life. It just reminds me of when I was a little kid and everything was so simple.”
This isn’t the first time he’s spoken out about his “wild daughter.” At a panel in Cannes in June, he said: “I’m a father of three girls. You are wild. I think they have rabies sometimes.”
Parenting isn’t easy, but Reynolds seems to do a good job of soaking it all up and making it fun, too. And hey, if you didn’t tape some electronics to your kids today, great!
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