It sure seems like Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos have it all: amazing careers, a solid marriage and three beautiful children. The longtime couple’s best parenting quotes prove they adore being a mom and dad as they never get enough of kids Michael Consuelos, Lola Consuelos and Joaquin Consuelos.
The Live With Kelly and Ryan host and the Riverdale star first became the proud parents of their brood when they welcomed eldest son Michael in June 1997. The lovebirds — who tied the knot in 1996 — expanded their family when daughter Lola arrived in June 2001, followed by youngest son Joaquin in February 2003.
Over the years, Kelly and her handsome hunk have been quite vocal when it comes to raising their kiddos. Whether she’s sharing tips and tricks for shipping them off to college or celebrating a milestone accomplishment, the All My Children alum and Mark have continued to be their kids’ No. 1 fans.
However, Kelly joked now that her little ones are getting older, they aren’t super thrilled by their parents’ over-the-top tendencies. “They make fun of us constantly,” the Hope & Faith actress once told Andy Cohen. The proud mom even dished there was a time when her children wouldn’t let her post photos of them on social media — especially Lola.
“It’s so bizarre. I’m never allowed to post a photo of her — ever … why did I have these kids if not to exploit them on social media?” Kelly teased during a visit on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in 2017. “I was like, ‘You know what? She can’t get mad at an eight-year-old photo.’”
Considering Kelly is all about her brood, it’s no surprise she once considered having another baby. In fact, the Emmy Award winner revealed she’s “regretful” they “didn’t” try to have more children when they were younger.
“There [are] many different reasons. First of all, triangulation. When they are small … you always have two against one. It is just the way it is, it’s unavoidable,” Kelly explained to cohost Ryan Seacrest. “But I also just loved having them. I adore them as the grown-ups that they’ve become … but when they are tiny, they are just so adorable. And they say amazing things, and I miss all of that.”
Scroll through the gallery below to see Kelly and Mark’s best parenting quotes!
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