Jennifer Garner discusses the ‘hard’ part of raising her kids she shares with Ben Affleck

doting mum to three children, all of whom she shares with her ex-husband Ben Affleck.

In a new interview, the 51-year-old reflected on some of the toughest jobs in parenting as she watches her children approach adulthood.

Jennifer Garner attends the premiere of Netflix's "Family Switch" at AMC The Grove 14 on November 29, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.© Getty Images
Jennifer Garner has opened up about parenting in a new interview

“They’re really solid right now,” she told People Magazine. “I’m just watching them in this new phase of life where they’re figuring out who they’re going to be and what they’re going to study.”

The 13 Going on 30 actress lives in Los Angeles with her children Violet, 18, Seraphina, 15, and Samuel, 12. Since their divorce in 2018, Jennifer and Ben have remained on good terms and live near each other.

Asked whether it’s difficult to let her children make their own decisions, the Hollywood actress admitted that it’s “so hard”. “I have a really hard time not saying, ‘This is what I see you as,’ and ‘I think you should,'” she added. “I really have to sit on my hands.”

Jennifer Garner poses with children Violet Affleck, Samuel Garner-Affleck and Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck during the ceremony honoring her with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame© Getty Images
The Hollywood star is a mom to Violet, Seraphina, and Samuel

In a previous interview with Allure, Jennifer humorously reflected on her early days of motherhood, admitting to being a bit of a “nightmare” as a first-time mom.

“I was such a first-time mom,” she shared. “She couldn’t have a free thought — I was all over her. I was a nightmare for everyone around me.”

Jennifer Garner opens up about parenting teenage children
Jennifer Garner makes rare comment about parenting her teenage kids

Jennifer also revealed that her children prefer watching their father’s movies over her own. “They don’t mind watching their dad, but they kind of want me to be their mom,” she said. “They don’t want to see me upset and women cry more in what we do. And they don’t really want to see me in a romantic thing.”

The actress was married to the Oscar-winning star from 2005 until 2018, with the pair confirming their split in 2015. Over the years, they have remained amicable and have been praised for their co-parenting.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 14:  Actor Ben Affleck and actress Jennifer Garner pose during the 16th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1)© Christopher Polk
Jennifer was married to Ben Affleck

Just after the split news, Jennifer told the Today show: “It has to be [a good relationship], you don’t have a choice.”

Ben’s wife Jennifer Lopez even praised the former couple’s co-parenting relationship in 2022, when speaking to Vogue. She simply stated that they “work well together.”

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