Amy Poehler‘s recent troubles at home haven’t done any damage to her funny bone!
She’s on the talk-show circuit this week promoting the new season of Parks & Recreation, her first interviews since news broke of her divorce from husband Will Arnett. On The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, she had a puff of a cigarette and a sip of martini after joking that talk shows have changed in the last 50 years. “I liked it in theory but not in practice,” she said as she grimaced over the smoke.
Then on Ellen, she really got rolling as she talked about her life with her two sons, Archie, almost 4, and 2-year-old Abel.
“They’re brothers, and they’re boys, so they kind of play like bear cubs,” she quipped. “All day long, they just roll around and roll around, and then every once in a while they just – rrr! – they just snap at each other. They love to be physical with each other.”
The comic actress has learned a lot in the last four years about the difference between having sons and daughters. “When mothers come over with daughters and we have playdates – my house is a little crazy; everyone’s kind of running around, jumping off furniture – they’ll bring their daughters over and the daughters will be like, ‘Should we sit in the corner and cooperate?’ and my guys will be like, ‘I made chocolate soup!’ And they’ll just make dirt soup; the girls are making a birdhouse out of organic materials.”
And let’s face it – guys are guys, no matter how young.
“There’s a lot of peeing,” Amy told the nonplussed host.
“Randomly? Just in the house?” asked Ellen.
“Everyone’s marking their territory!” replied the funny mom.
“I’m not sure you’re good at motherhood,” Ellen deadpanned.
“I just let ‘em pee wherever. I think it’s natural. I don’t want to tell my children no. I’ve never told them no. I’ve never done anything wrong,” was the tongue-in-cheek reply.
But then Amy turned (slightly) serious, explaining that she’s actually pretty strict when it comes to manners and misbehavior. She enforces time-outs often, and in Archie’s case, he gets privileges like TV taken away when he acts up.
“But sometimes you just need to, straight up yell at them and put them in their room!” she adds.
TV’s Leslie Knope isn’t big on the parenting technique of offering a wide variety of choices to young children. She admits she makes decisions on food for Archie and Abel without a lot of negotiation. “I think they only think there’s, like, two ice creams….They’re going to be in therapy once they discover butter pecan!”
Could we give this woman a talk show of her own, please??
[Photo: via PacificCoastNews]
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