Keri Russell Says Son ‘Not Excited’ About Clean Up

10/09/2010 at 01:00 PM ET
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Life with son River, 3, is often an exercise in futility for Keri Russell.

“I feel like the moment I put him to sleep I can clean the kitchen the way I like it,” she explains to ParentDish. “Then when he’s awake, and he has every toy out, you have to walk away.”

The former Felicity star, 34, admits that while she encourages her toddler — with songs — to pitch in with clean-up duty “he’s not as exited about … [it] as I am.”

“He says, ‘You, Mama, you,'” she shares.

As for balancing the demands of her new show Running Wilde with the demands of motherhood, Russell says she takes it “day by day” while keeping her focus on the positive.

“I had this week off so we got to register for preschools,” she reveals. “I got to put him to sleep at night and have breakfast in the morning. That’s, I guess, sort of the good thing about being a working parent. When you are at home, you really appreciate those mundane every day little things.”

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Shawna on

She doesn’t normally put him to bed at night or get to eat breakfast with him? When does she see him? I understand being a working parent but most working parents are at least around for those types of things. I also was confused by her comment that at 3 years old he would say, “You, Mama, You,” because he didn’t want to clean. That sounds very delayed in speech for a 3 year old. At that age my kids would have been saying, “No, I don’t want to clean! I want to play, or go to the park, or watch a movie! You clean Mommy, okay?” That is if I actually let them get away with telling me what they were going to do and not do. Weird article all around.

noam on

Shawna, because of the hours of tv shows, it’s likely she wouldn’t put her son to bed or be there for breakfast. maybe one, but probably not both. the average day on set is eighteen hours, and twenty is not uncommon. even if the actor isn’t in every scene, because of lighting, sound, make-up, etc, they have to be there for the whole day….and, children learn to speak at their own rate. i spoke early (eleven months) while my twin brother didn’t speak until he was nearly four (other than simple sentences). we’re both intelligent, functioning adults. he just waited until he was ready.

Heidi on

Wow – over analyze the article much Shawna?
Nothing weird about the article, Keri or her son.

Jennifer on

Wow Shawna, you completely overanalyzed that article. Why are you being so judgemental of a person based on blurb? The only odd thing about the article was your freakish comment!

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