Chris Pratt: Disciplining My Son Is ‘So Frustrating’

01/07/2015 at 01:00 PM ET

Chris Pratt is turning to his talkative 2½-year-old son Jack for both wisdom — and a bit of parenting therapy.

The Parks and Recreation star, appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday, said his verbal son, who was born prematurely, has dazzled with his thoughtfulness, seeming to understand a lot of complicated things.

“He really is a remarkable kid,” Pratt, 35, tells Ellen DeGeneres, noting the so-called Terrible Twos has not happened at his house.

But, he adds, Jack, his first child with wife Anna Faris, is already telling it like it is.

“From what I understand, most of the Terrible Two stuff is the toddler’s inability to express what they want. They know what they want, but they can’t tell you because they don’t know the words yet,” Pratt says. “He’s so vocal that it’s not that hard for him.”

Chris Pratt The Ellen DeGeneres Show
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However, having a precocious toddler makes discipline tough on Pratt’s part. “It’s super frustrating because you’re like, ‘Jack, I think it’s time for you to go to bed.’ And he’s like, ‘I thought about it and no thanks, Dad. Not right now,’ ” Pratt shared.

“He’s so polite, what am I supposed to do? He’ll be like, ‘Hmm, I don’t think so, I’d rather not right now.’ I’m like, ‘I did teach you to be polite … Okay, you can stay up.’ ”

Over the holidays, as the family visited with friends, Pratt said he made a little nest so Jack, who had no crib where they were staying, could sleep on the floor next to his parents’ bed. The well-mannered boy didn’t mind the situation and seemed to intuitively understand the stress of the season.

“I said, ‘You know, Jack, there’s a lot of people here and it’s very loud and you know people are gonna be having a lot of fun and there might even be some tension.’ And he just said, ‘It’s family.’ I almost started crying. I was like, ‘Thank you son, you’re right.’ He’s like my therapist,” Pratt jokes.

— Andrea Billups

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Tee on

I love listening to this couple talk about their son. They sure do seem to LOVE that little boy!

charlotte on

Great couple, great little family!

Angie on

They haven’t hit yet because it’s not the terrible 2’s. Whoever came up with that saying must have done so before they turned 3! It was the ‘terrible 3’s’ with all 3 of my kids! lol He sounds like such a sweet, good father and Jack sounds so cute!

Nicole on

Jack sounds like such a smart and sweet little boy. It sounds like he’s definitely loved. Anna and Chris are doing a good job of raising him 🙂

Jen DC on

Yeah… Don’t let him get away with it because he’s cute and smart. It is so adorable, yet it creates the idea in the kid’s mind that he can negotiate/cute/polite his way out of the rules and gives the impression that his judgment is as good as yours – and it’s not.

I get that this is very likely just a cute story he likes to tell about his son and there’s probably no discipline problem in reality. But it makes me nuts when people say things like “I just couldn’t enforce the rules!” Once in a while, it’s ok… But don’t make it a habit you’ll grow to regret. That’s how you end up with 30-year-old monsters still on mommy and daddy’s payroll, angry enough to kill when they’re asked to pay their own way.

Pam on

They seem a lovely family, so happy for them!

Dayle on

I love him! He can do no wrong!

Diana on

So sweet hearing him and Anna talk about their son. They seem like great parents.

bkable on

@Jen DC Couldn’t agree more! With that said, I don’t get the vibe this is an all-the-time situation. Both Anna and Chris seem to have good heads on their shoulders so I think Jack will turn out just fine 🙂

West on

Just wait for 3 . And 4 that was the tough time with my boys .