Molly Shannon's Children Pick Up on Mom's Fear

10/10/2008 at 10:30 AM ET

Children can often surprise their parents, both in terms of what they understand and when they understand it. Molly Shannon‘s daughter Stella, 5, and son Nolan, 3 ½, are no exception. During a Wednesday appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the 44-year-old actress said that she has recently begun to realize just how much of her actions and words are being soaked up by her kids.

The family’s previous apartment in New York City had a "terrible mice problem," and Molly said that although she didn’t want to make Stella and Nolan nervous she was "very skittish" around the house nonetheless. Constantly afraid of stumbling upon a mouse, Molly’s kids were picking up on her fear — so much so, in fact, that she one day discovered Stella putting tin foil over Nolan’s eyes. "I asked ‘What are you doing?’" Molly recalled with a laugh. "She said, ‘I’m protecting his eyes because I don’t want the mice to eat them.’"

In all seriousness, however, Molly revealed during a Thursday appearance on Live with Regis and Kelly that she feels "so lucky" and "so happy" to be a mom because she knows how close she came to having never been one, at all.

"I was very busy with show business, and I feel like I could have easily missed out on [motherhood] … I am so glad I didn’t."

Stella and Nolan are Molly’s children with husband Fritz Chestnut. Molly’s new sitcom, Kath and Kim, airs on Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.

Sources: Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Live with Regis and Kelly

FILED UNDER: News , Parenting

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Brandi on

That is so funny about the tinfoil! Kids pick up on more than you realize!

Jaycee on

Her kids look like they were born in a different era, it’s hilarious! I don’t mean in terms of dress. They just look like they belong in some old Victorian photo, it’s fantastic! BEAUTIFUL family🙂

carla on

Wow – her children are adorable and are probably lucky to have her sense of humor too.

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