Kevin Hart on How He Approached the ‘Sports Bra Conversation’ with His Daughter: ‘It’s Time to Hold ‘Em Down’

06/16/2016 at 02:35 PM ET

Things have just gotten real in Kevin Hart‘s parenting world.

“I had to have the sports bra conversation with my little girl [Heaven Leigh, 11],” the actor and comedian, 36, told Kelly Ripa during a Thursday co-hosting stint on Live with Kelly. “That was tough, because I didn’t know how to articulate what I was trying to say, and it just came out.

“I know she was confused because I was confused by the end of it,” he adds. “I was like, ‘It’s time to hold ’em down.’ That’s how I went into it, and she was like, ‘What?’

“I was like, ‘You gotta strap ’em up — make sure that everything is where it’s supposed to be, because last thing you wanna do is hit a bump and [have] stuff fall out,’ you know what I mean?” he joked to laughter from the audience.

Hart finishes, “She was like, ‘What are you saying?!’ and I was like, ‘Do you want breakfast or not?’ I didn’t know where to go from there at all.”

Kevin Hart Daughter Kelly Ripa
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Another difficulty with Heaven that Hart is currently facing? She can be just a bit over the top, according to her dad.

“My daughter’s at that stage where everything is dramatic — everything is a big deal,” he says. ” ‘Ugh, Dad, today. Ugh.’

“Everything is so extreme,” he continues, ” ‘Dad, there’s no more tangerines! Who ate the tangerines?! Everybody knows I love the tangerines!’ ”

But Hart is ever the supportive dad, and as such is letting his daughter be an average preteen.

“I don’t say anything back,” he says. “The best piece of advice [I’ve gotten] is just let her do what she does.”

Hart also notes that he loves that he and Heaven have a relationship where they keep an open communication line between them. But when it comes to his 8-year-old son Hendrix, Hart has a unique (and of course, hilarious) dynamic with him.

“My son is levels behind, I don’t know what’s going on,” he says, adding jokingly, “There’s always going to be one kid that’s in question, my son is that kid.

“He’s doing weird stuff — he’s still, like licking the wall for no reason,” The Wedding Ringer star continues of his son, who will serve as best man during his upcoming August wedding to fiancée Eniko Parrish.

Disciplining his kids is another challenge for Hart. He shares that his own mother used to discipline him in ways that were effective for him, but that she might be arrested for now. So he uses a different technique.

“My voice carries the thought of what’s going to happen after [my kids misbehave]. Because I’m small, so I gotta go deep down [in my stomach] when it comes out,” he says, mimicking how he yells to his kids to get his point across.

And when Ripa asks about how big his kids are in comparison to the 5’4″ funnyman, he jokes that they’re about even in height now.

“I am in a place where when if I’m yelling at my kids, I’m like this,” Ripa replies, looking upward. “And I can’t believe it because I never grew taller than my parents.”

Jen Juneau

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jean on

No Kevin, you should not be discussing your daughter’s bra And you definitely should not make jokes in the public. See how wrong you are to open your big mouth and laugh with men about this. How inthe heck is that okay. Totally wrong Kevin.

Dads should not try invade their daughter’s private girl business. It’s just wrong!!

How would you have liked if your mother had made jokes about you wearing a jock strap to hold down your genitals, why you were still a boy?

Kitt on

Five her a littl private time with her mother. A dad should never make jokes about his daughter’s body.

Jean on

I just read where you all delete people if you don’t like what they say. This is not right. If a man makes jokes about his daughter’s bra and chest, that is not right. Someone needs to speak up.