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Reese Witherspoon Talks About ‘Getting Southern’ When Parenting Her Kids

There are some celebrities who really embrace the role of parent and others that appear to have just had kids as a career move or flat out by mistake. Reese Witherspoon seems all-in on the parenting job.

The actress stopped by Conan this week to discuss the way she parents and how she bothers the crap out of her kids using social media. She also discussed her “getting southern” type of parenting style when it comes to her two teens Ava and Deacon, and her youngest, Tennessee.

“When asked if shes a strict or easy going mother, Reese put it this way: I guess Im kind of strict about stuff, but its funny, once you start to have teenagers, and they become more adult, and you have these relationships that emerge with them. My daughter said the other day, Its like we look like Dad, but we got our weirdness from you.’

Reeses kids inherited more than just her weirdness. Despite the fact that theyre raised in California, theyve picked up on moms Southern tendencies.When I get really mad, I get really Southern, she told Conan. Ill give you a sit-to which just means you have to sit down and listen to what I have to say. If you really make me mad, then I give you what-for, which is a whole other thing you dont want to get involved inMy daughter says the other day shes born in California, but she said, And I gave that person a sit-to, and I told them what-for. Its seeping in, Im so excited!

Alright, someone pleaseclue me in — what the hell is a “what for”?

Does the “what for” explain what the “sit to” is about?

Can you have a sit to without a what for?

I’m lost.

Reese Witherspoon Discusses Parenting Her Kids


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