Garner has three kids with actor Ben Affleck: 13-year-old Violet, 10-year-old Seraphina and 7-year-old Samuel. (The couple finalized their divorce late last year.) While chatting with People as host of a Mother’s Day event from Shutterfly and Baby2Baby this week, Garner said all three of her children sit on her lap to pose for a Mother’s Day photo. The “Camping” star said the tradition has become “hilarious” as her kids have gotten older.
“It used to be that [they] could fit, and now we just have to stack them and it’s a disaster,” she joked.
According to Garner, her kids have no plans on skipping out on the annual Mother’s Day pic even when they’re fully grown.
“They’re like, ‘Mom, when we’re 24, 21 and 18, we are sitting on your lap,’” she said. “And I’m like, ‘Great, I’ll keep my bone density up. That’s my part of the equation.’”
“I’m starting to get to the point where I realize this job is not going to be forever,” she said. “Not in the all-encompassing every-meal, every-moment, everyday way that I have loved for the last 13 years. It’s going to shift. But there’s beauty in how it works in episodes.”
She also noted the importance of teaching kids the importance of kindness.
“It’s so much more about modeling than anything else,” she said. “And if you can just have faith in who they are as people, it’s so beautiful when you start to see it come out. One of my daughters had written my parents a letter because they’ve been away and she just wanted them to have a letter when they got home. It’s moments like that when you think, ‘Oh, you’re kind. You’re good.’”