The couple spoke with Howard Stern on Wednesday via live stream from their home, where they talked about what life indoors has been like with their four children. They also shared how they’re maintaining some boundaries to ensure that their kids don’t take on the burden of stressing over the coronavirus.
“My wife and I, we adjourn to another room,” Alec explained about having serious conversations about the pandemic. “We don’t talk about the nuts and bolts in front of the kids. No point in contaminating them with fear and so forth.”
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The 30 Rock actor went on to say, “We want them to be kids and enjoy their lives and enjoy their day and that’s it.” However, Hilaria pointed out that the children aren’t completely naive about it all.
“Kids are smart and they pick up more than you think they are,” she said. “They’re constantly talking about ‘What the corona, what’s this corona?’ But it’s interesting because they’re not stressed about it.”
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Hilaria explained that she and Alec do talk to their children about the virus, to the extent where they’ve let the kids all know that there is an illness going around and their parents are keeping them safe. “That’s why we’re living differently,” Hilaria tells them. “That’s why we’re not having playdates, we’re not going out, we’re not doing this, we’re not doing that. And it’s gonna be like this for a while but it’s because we know that we’re gonna be OK.”
She even tries to pull some inspiration from the kids who have shed some light on the enjoyment of being home. “We spend all of our time together and they are really loving that,” Hilaria said. “So it’s interesting to try to get into their eyes.”
Alec, on the other hand, joked that he uses the children to get Hilaria to bake some of his favorites while they’re cooped up in the house.
“I try to take advantage of the situation,” Alec said. “I’ll say to Carmen, ‘Carmen, if I ask mommy to make zucchini bread, she might not make it for me. But if you tell her you want zucchini bread, she’ll make zucchini bread. We need zucchini bread to get through the virus.’”