Jodie Foster talks more about raising sons

03/13/2008 at 06:39 AM ET

Whether its developing the ability to take a punch in the heat of a massive meltdown (without melting down, yourself!) or the ability to run down fly balls in the backyard for hours on end, being a mom to two boys is not for the faint of heart.  But those occupational hazards of motherhood are nothing new to Jodie Foster, herself mom to sons Charles, 9 ½, and Kit, 6.  The 45-year-old actress tells Parade that despite the seemingly endless parade of boo-boos and hurt feelings during toddlerhood, a sense of normalcy did eventually return to her house as her boys matured — leading her to even proclaim that "boys are easy."

I mean, there are just a lot of bruises when they’re young. With boys, you get a lot of accidental jabs in the eye and stepping on your feet, and those tantrums they cause when they don’t want to leave the toy store.

But my boys are getting older now. They go to school all day, and then one wants to do T-ball and the other wants to do karate, so they’re actually gone until four-thirty. I want them to have curiosity about things they don’t know, and a desire to see places bigger than where they grew up.

To read the remainder of Jodie’s interview, pick up the March 16 issue of Parade.

Source:  Parade

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Shelli Akers on

Boys ARE easy! Little drama queens can be very stubborn, especially when the big brother picks on them.

You can negotiate with boys. Ever tried to reason with a drama princess/queen? Ain’t gonna happen.

Boys are blessed with a whatever attitude. Girls, not so much.

Shelli Akers on

Boys ARE easy! Little drama queens can be very stubborn, especially when the big brother picks on them.

You can negotiate with boys. Ever tried to reason with a drama princess/queen? Ain’t gonna happen.

Boys are blessed with a whatever attitude. Girls, not so much.

Shelli Akers on

Boys ARE easy! Little drama queens can be very stubborn, especially when the big brother picks on them.

You can negotiate with boys. Ever tried to reason with a drama princess/queen? Ain’t gonna happen.

Boys are blessed with a whatever attitude. Girls, not so much.

Shelli Akers on

Boys ARE easy! Little drama queens can be very stubborn, especially when the big brother picks on them.

You can negotiate with boys. Ever tried to reason with a drama princess/queen? Ain’t gonna happen.

Boys are blessed with a whatever attitude. Girls, not so much.

gabriella on

Shelli akers both my mother and grandmother had a daughter and a son, both said boys are easier especially as they get older, so they would agree with you.. I’ve heard other people say that too. Girls are so cute to dress up and do their hair, but their a little bit more of drama queens especially when their teens lol. Also jodie seems to be a good private mom, she proves you can still be a movie star but keep your kids private if you really want too. You rarely see her kids in magazines, she didn’t sell her baby pictures, through the years you really haven’t seen her kids much. But overall jodie herself seems private, so I’m sure she wanted the same for her kids.

Allison on

I love Jodie Foster and have grown up watching all her films.

Does anyone know if her son, Kit’s, name is his birth name or a nickname?

I’m asking because Jodie’s birth name is Alicia Christian Foster, and Kit is a nickname of the name “Christian.”

So, I guess I’m asking if Kit’s birth name is Christian or Christopher. That would make sense to me.

I have a “Christopher (age 7)” myself, but he goes by his full name!

LolaCola on

Little girls become drama queens/teens when their parents raise them to be that way. Parents are usually more lenient with boys anyway, so they have less to rebel on.

I’m sorry I just don’t have the ability to take a punch.

Jake on

LolaCola, I agree with you 100%. Don’t apologize for being unsettled with something insulting like the accusation that little girls “just happen” to be more trouble.

LolaCola on

Thank You Jake, that comment really rubbed me the wrong way and why shouldn’t someone get mad when their big brother is picking on them?

Shelli on

Why would a comment that was meant to be lighthearted and funny rub anyone the wrong way?

Why is everyone so uptight? I think it’s great that my daughter is strong willed. I’ve been in this world 35 years and never saw a big brother that didn’t like to get his sister’s dander up.

TO CBB STAFF:

Geez, I hate the “message board,” feel of these comments. I was just making fun little comments, poking fun at my sweet and spunky kids.

I really am concerned that the post which contains the words, “rubbed me the wrong way” were allowed. That is kind of a lash out at me.

I don’t think I will be visiting CBB anymore. That LolaCola’s post kinda took the fun out of it. I still can’t believe you posted her post, I was just being silly about my kids.

Sarah’s note: Sorry you were offended. I guess it wasn’t clear that you were speaking of your children and it looks like Lola took your comments differently than you intended them to be taken…

I did edit out the second part of her comment because I found that to be rude. That wasn’t one I had approved, another staff member may have, and I’m sorry you had to read it.

LolaCola on

I’m not going to apologize for my comments because to me there was nothing light hearted about Sherri’s post. I don’t know you Sherri and I didn’t mean to insult you, but your post pretty much came down to “boys rule and girls drool”. As my mother used to tell me sometimes it’s not what you say but how you say it. “Stubborn” does not sound as positive as “strong willed” and neither does “drama queen” compared to “spunky.” Maybe next time you should indicate that you are talking about your kids and not all girls in general, because that exactly how it came across.

Shelli on

So sorry Lo has issues. As an only child I treasure their sibling rivalry. They love one another very much, if someone else picked on them they would defend each other to no end.

I might continue to come back here but CBB needs to encourage the comments to be written towards the post content and author from CBB and not turn into a chatty forum thing. This IS a blog, which means the focus is the authors and their writings, not bickering or emotional baggage.

Shelli on

Son of a gun! I totally didn’t read the entire post the other day. Now I get thing “punch” thing. If a parent hasn’t been kicked, spit on, punched, bit screamed at by their child they are being dishonest! Fact of life people! My kids are the best kids in the world but they did/do it and every child on Earth does it. I am proud to admit my kids are human!!!

Sorry about this whole ordeal, I try to focus my writings towards the author of the posts. I hate chat forums! I do love CBB, sorry I dissed ya a bit, I’ll be back everyday!

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