Jerry O’Connell on His Twin Daughters: ‘It’s Frightening How Much They Know’

09/21/2015 at 02:45 PM ET

As Jerry O’Connell‘s 6½-year-old twin daughters Dolly and Charlie continue to grow up, the former Stand By Me star continues to be shocked at their expanding knowledge.

“They’re in first grade. I already don’t understand their homework,” O’Connell, 41, told PEOPLE at Friday’s 2015 Television Industry Advocacy Awards Gala benefitting The Creative Coalition in Los Angeles, where he accepted an award on behalf of friend Anthony Anderson.

He adds of his children with wife Rebecca Romijn, 42, “Some of their homework is on the computer. They know it better than I do. I was having problems logging on to a website, but my kids knew how.”

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And this is a fact that O’Connell, a graduate of New York University himself, is having trouble wrapping his head around. “It’s frightening how much they know! They’re not babies anymore — it’s getting real now,” he shares.

In order to help (and keep tabs on) the twins, both O’Connell and Romijn are very active in their school.

“They’re doing a play, which we volunteer for,” O’Connell explains. “So we help whenever we can.”

For Romijn, that help includes volunteering at the school library — much to O’Connell’s amusement. “My wife, ironically enough, is in a show called The Librarians, and she volunteers at their library,” he says.

And what do the students think of seeing Romijn behind the book shelves at school? According to her husband, they go pretty wild.

“It’s hilarious,” says O’Connell with a laugh. “I just take pictures of it the whole time!”

— Matthew Cole Weiss

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mic on

i remember jerry from stand by me, sliders, and crossing jordon. he has grown up too. i agree, kids are computer wizards. amazing what kids can do. i can surf the net. thats all folks

charlotte on

“And what do the students think of seeing Romijn behind the book shelves at school? According to her husband, they go pretty wild.” Rreally??? Do they really??? they don’t know who she is. C list celebrity at best. and he isn’t any better IMO, which this is……MY OPINION

Anonymous on

And my opinion Charlotte is that you’re a sad and angry little person.

charlotte on

And you are certainly entitled to it @Anonymous (clever name BTW, LOL) 🙂

ZZ on

Agree, nowadays it seems kids are smarter than adults, they know computer and sometimes type faster than adults, kinda unbelievable.

Guest on

Jerry and Rebecca are two of the most real celebrity parents out there. They admit they don’t have all of the answers, and his stories about the twins are hilarious!!

life goes on on

Is he now a house man ?

megan on

He looks like a dirty hobo

Julie on

Isn’t it time he gets a big boy haircut?!

Anonymous on

Yap they look like a very down to earth family.

Ally on

Yes he is right, his daughters are smarter than him LOL.