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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 she’s a strict or easy-going mother, Reese put it this way: I guess I’m kind of strict about stuff, but it’s 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, It’s like we look like Dad, but we got our weirdness from you.’

Reese’s kids inherited more than just her weirdness. Despite the fact that they’re raised in California, they’ve picked up on mom’s Southern tendencies.

When I get really mad, I get really Southern, she told Conan.

I’ll 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 don’t want to get involved in my 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.

It’s seeping in, I’m so excited!

Alright, someone please clue 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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