Kelly Ripa is opening up about her youngest son Joaquin’s learning struggles with dyslexia and dysgraphia in school.
The 47-year-old “Live With Kelly and Ryan” host gets emotional on Wednesday’s episode as she tells her co-host, Ryan Seacrest, about an emotional parent-teacher conference she had for her 14-year-old son, who started at a new school and is now getting A’s.
“School has always been a big challenge for us in our household,” Ripa explains, adding that when she went to speak with her son’s teachers at his new school, she “broke down crying” after hearing he is doing great. She continued, “He’s such a hard worker. He’s like a hard worker kid.”
When asked about her son’s reaction to seeing Ripa break down over his good grades in the classroom, she recalls, “He was laughing so hard at me crying because I really think he was so uncomfortable,” adding, “And I just said, ‘I’m so proud of you.'”
Looking back on her son’s first grade book fair, where the students were asked to present their own books, Ripa explains, “He was showing us everybody else’s book. He did not want us to see his book.”
In response, Seacrest begins to get teary-eyed and says, “I see the way that you handle [your] career and, most importantly, family and a husband and kids. And it is so impressive.” Getting emotional, he adds, “When my mom cries, it makes me cry. So when you’re crying, this is making me cry.”
Ripa also shares a son Michael, 20, and a daughter Lola, 16, with her husband, “Riverdale” actor Mark Consuelos.