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