To hear Reese Witherspoon tell it, a normal night at home with her 8 ½-year-old daughter Ava and 4-year-old son Deacon is probably a lot more ‘normal’ than you might think. The 31-year-old Academy Award winning actress says that her family just likes to spend time watching game shows "like the new ‘Crosswords’ and ‘Deal or No Deal.’" Adds Reese,
And ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?’ is very popular in my house.
Reese credits her own parents — who were both doctors — with instilling in her the belief that she "could do anything." It’s that same self-assurance that gives Reese confidence as a parent. She tells Marie Claire in its February issue,
I worry about my kids growing up and how the world might hurt them. But at the same time, I absolutely do not worry about them growing up –- because they have great values and a great sense of self.
Recently named the highest earning actress in Hollywood — commanding a salary of $15-$20 million per motion picture — Reese is certainly in demand. And the strain of trying to do it all occasionally becomes apparent, she says. Still, Reese notes that her profession affords her the flexibility she needs as a mom.
Like every working parent, I sometimes feel that there are not enough hours in the day. But overall, I’m very fortunate that my job has a lot of flexibility. I spend a lot of time with the kids, just around the house. They’re still pretty young, so I feel like what I can mostly do is listen to them and be there for them.
Ava and Deacon are Reese’s children with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe.
Source: People via Marie Claire