Children are often able to play one parent off another, and Rowan Francis Henchy is a pro! During a recent visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live!, actress and author Brooke Shields, 43, revealed just one example of how her 6-year-old daughter selectively conveys information to dad Chris Henchy. Brooke had gotten Rowan set up to do some stamping, with one explicit instruction. “I said, ‘Whatever you do, just don’t [stamp] the counter,’” Brooke recalled. “She looked at me, slid [the paper] over, took a stamp and just [purposefully stamped] right on the counter.”
“I became like super human strength. I whipped her up off that chair so fast, and I didn’t know what to do with her because I wanted to throw her somewhere. I was like, ugh, I couldn’t put her in the bedroom because that’s not a good place for timeout, it’s too fun, so I put her in the bathroom and closed the door.”
Brooke then told her daughter that when she was ready to talk about what she’d done, she could come out. What she had momentarily forgotten, however, was that the bathroom was in the midst of a renovation so everything inside was covered in plastic. “It was like American Psycho, or like Dexter…It was literally like I put the baby in, like, a crime scene,” she joked. “All of a sudden she’s screaming, ‘I want to get out! I want to get out!’ and I’m saying, ‘You can’t come out until you’re ready to talk about what you did.’” Disaster then struck when Rowan accidentally locked herself in.
“I couldn’t get in, and so now she’s terrified. She’s in there, she’s locked in the plastic crazy person room, and she’s screaming. I tell her, ‘You’re not in trouble any more, whatever you just did, do it again.’ Finally she figured out how to unlock the door. She comes running out and I hug her, I said, ‘You’re not in trouble anymore, I love you, lets go through the whole house and learn about locks.’ It became like an education.”
Or so Brooke thought!
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Two or three hours later, all had seemingly returned to normal. Brooke, Rowan and 3-year-old Grier Hammond were in the kitchen preparing dinner, when Chris called. Brooke asked Rowan to answer the phone, and laughed at what happened next. “She goes ‘Hi daddy! Mommy locked me in a bathroom,’” Brooke recalled. “She looks at me and goes, ‘You’re an ‘idiant.’”
“I was like, an ‘idiant’?’ And I wanted to laugh at ‘idiant,” but of course I got even more mad. I went to pick her up again and she [quickly] goes, ‘No no, I meant you’re a princess! You’re a princess all day.”
Rowan is also showing an intense interest in Brooke’s career as she’s out promoting her new book It’s the Best Day Ever, Dad. Prior to Brooke’s recent appearance on The Today Show, she even asked mom, “What half hour are you?”
“I was like, ‘Who are you, my publicist?’ And then I was embarrassed to tell her I was the second half hour. She said, ‘Who are you following?’…[I was following] Jennifer Lopez, though, and that was okay with her.”
Source: Jimmy Kimmel Live!