June 08, 2016 02:10 PM

Zinging one-liners at the podium, Alec Baldwin was hilarious as the emcee of the 2016 Fragrance Foundation Awards in New York City on Tuesday.

He has also, on occasion, been known to have a strong opinion. And apparently, his children — daughter Carmen Gabriela, 2½, and son Rafael Thomas, 11 months — are following in their father’s footsteps.

“Carmen is very opinionated,” Hilaria Baldwin, 32, who’s expecting the couple’s second son, told PEOPLE of their daughter.

“[She’s] very verbal,” adds ebullient dad Alec, 58. “Just interesting phrases. This morning, I said, ‘Would you like to sit down and read a book with me?’ And she said, ‘Of course.’ She’s very sophisticated.”

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“Our son is a moment away from walking,” Alec adds. “He’s tough, a tank. But happy — he’s a very happy child.”

“He’s almost walking,” interjects Hilaria of Rafael, “but he’s very interested in crawling because he likes his independence. He wants to smash everything.”

Though both kids obviously seem wise beyond their years — or in Rafael’s case, months — their penchant for conversation differs.

“Our daughter started talking at 5 months,” Hilaria says. “Compared to her, he doesn’t talk as much. His words are ‘Mama,’ ‘Dada.’ ”

But apparently when the Baldwins’ kids, including Rafael, do talk, they make their words count.

“We have very opinionated children,” Hilaria continues. “[Rafael] is very opinionated, too, but he only has five words. My kids are very smart, they say ‘Mama’ first. And ‘no,’ — he’s very good at ‘no.’ “

” ‘Come, come,’ ” adds Alec, who is also dad to 20-year-old daughter Ireland with ex Kim Basinger.

“And ‘dog,’ ” Hilaria says.

— Jeffrey Slonim

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