January 07, 2015 01:00 PM

Chris Pratt is turning to his talkative 2½-year-old son Jack for both wisdom — and a bit of parenting therapy.

The Parks and Recreation star, appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday, said his verbal son, who was born prematurely, has dazzled with his thoughtfulness, seeming to understand a lot of complicated things.

“He really is a remarkable kid,” Pratt, 35, tells Ellen DeGeneres, noting the so-called Terrible Twos has not happened at his house.

But, he adds, Jack, his first child with wife Anna Faris, is already telling it like it is.

“From what I understand, most of the Terrible Two stuff is the toddler’s inability to express what they want. They know what they want, but they can’t tell you because they don’t know the words yet,” Pratt says. “He’s so vocal that it’s not that hard for him.”

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However, having a precocious toddler makes discipline tough on Pratt’s part. “It’s super frustrating because you’re like, ‘Jack, I think it’s time for you to go to bed.’ And he’s like, ‘I thought about it and no thanks, Dad. Not right now,’ ” Pratt shared.

“He’s so polite, what am I supposed to do? He’ll be like, ‘Hmm, I don’t think so, I’d rather not right now.’ I’m like, ‘I did teach you to be polite … Okay, you can stay up.’ “

Over the holidays, as the family visited with friends, Pratt said he made a little nest so Jack, who had no crib where they were staying, could sleep on the floor next to his parents’ bed. The well-mannered boy didn’t mind the situation and seemed to intuitively understand the stress of the season.

“I said, ‘You know, Jack, there’s a lot of people here and it’s very loud and you know people are gonna be having a lot of fun and there might even be some tension.’ And he just said, ‘It’s family.’ I almost started crying. I was like, ‘Thank you son, you’re right.’ He’s like my therapist,” Pratt jokes.

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— Andrea Billups

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