Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos talk family life in a new interview with People.
Ripa and Consuelos, both 49, who celebrated 24 years of marriage this year, are parents to daughter Lola, 19, and sons Joaquin, 17, and Michael, 23.
Consuelos jokes, “Rob Lowe says that once your kids leave, you pretty much never put clothes on ever again; you’re just naked all the time.”
On a more serious note, Ripa says of parenthood: “As you get older and you learn more, that youngest kid hopefully benefits from a little bit more wisdom… and hopefully fewer nerves.”
She adds of going into parenthood, “I think I had definitive ideas about raising girls versus raising boys, even though I don’t really believe in gender stereotyping.
“My sons are just as sensitive as my daughter, and my daughter is as strong as my sons.”
“But Lola has taught me so much about being a modern-day woman, and it really gives me hope – her generation really supports each other,” Ripa shares.
“Riverdale” actor Consuelos says of his daughter, “As overprotective as I thought I would be when she was born and I was holding her in my arms, I’ve mellowed a bit. Because I’m really aware of what a good head on her shoulders she has.”
In fact, Lola is also keen to advise her mom on her social media habits. “Something my mom posts on social media that I would never is the comments back to the haters,” the teen tells People.
“But that’s why the people follow me!” Ripa exclaims.
“I understand,” Lola responds. “But I just don’t even think you should give them the time of day. I mean these people are sitting at home wishing they were you.”
Ripa, however, sees it more as a kind of “give and take because… the people that I clap back to are very clever. They’re usually very funny, I usually get a good chuckle out of it. They deserve the little pepper! They deserve it. They need it.”
However, Ripa adds, “The one thing I learned about social media from my daughter is apparently I should not clap back. But I feel like the clap back is what people want.”
“Irrelevant people should stay out of our lives,” Lola fires back.
“Alright, you’re always wiser than I am,” quips Ripa.
Lola also comments on the “thirst trap” photos of her dad that Ripa posts on social media.
“That’s disgusting,” she says. “I block that out of my mind. I forgot that you even did that. I don’t even know if I follow you on Instagram still! I’m kidding, I would never.”