Fans of Kerry Washington likely won’t be seeing photos of her kids on social media anytime soon, but it’s harder not to share their cuteness with the world than one might think.
In PEOPLE’s exclusive sneak peek at her sit-down with Sunday Today‘s Willie Geist, airing Sunday at 8 a.m. ET, the American Son actress opens up about the temptation she feels to post images of her three kids publicly — and how she combats it.
“I have moments where I take pictures or videos of one of my three amazing kids and I wanna post it online, and I tend to just send it to my parents or my shrink instead,” says Washington, 42.
“I’m like, ‘My kids are so cute and I don’t wanna post about them, so look at how cute they are!’ ” she adds.
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“I have a private Instagram for my shrink and he loves it!” Washington says, joking, “It’s not great when I get parenting feedback, incidentally, based on something he heard me [say] in the background of the video.”
Washington previously corrected Craig Melvin when he referred to her as “a mother of two” on the Today show a year ago, telling him, “I am a mother of three” — no doubt referring to her two biological children as well as her stepdaughter with actor/producer and former NFL cornerback Asomugha, 38.
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While the Django Unchained star is relatively private regarding her personal life, she has been candid about the realities of motherhood in the past, telling PEOPLE in April 2017, “I feel empowered when I’m making time to take care of myself.”
“I think of it as kind of like my weekly scavenger hunt, figuring out where’s the me time,” the working mom explained. “I put it on my list of priorities.”
She also makes sure her children understand one big lesson about beauty — namely “that inner beauty is always more important than what’s on the outside,” Washington added.
Geist’s full interview with Washington airs Sunday at 8 a.m. ET on NBC.