“My daughter [Ava Elizabeth, 17,] said the other day, ‘It’s like we look like Dad, but we get our weirdness from you,’ ” Witherspoon, who parents her two older children with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe, continues. “But I’m goofy. I send them weird Snapchats of me doing old man voices and goofy teeth. That’s the way we communicate.”
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Witherspoon explains that her strategy is to communicate with Ava and son Deacon Reese, 13, through the media channels they’re most familiar with.
“I like to haunt [Deacon] during the day, so I’ll send him pictures of disgusting animals and be like, ‘I’m feeling like this today,’ ” she says, giving blobfish and massive snails as examples. “And I’ll put #mondayfeels’ or something like that … I just try to gross him out.”
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The Academy Award winner shares that she’s “definitely a southern mom” who “never lost the Tennessee” in her — she was raised in Nashville — and that at least one of her children is picking up on her fiery tendencies.
“If I get kinda mad, I’ll give you a ‘sit-to,’ which just means you have to sit down and listen to everything I have to say,” she explains. “And then, if you really make me mad, then I give you ‘what-for,’ which is a whole other thing you don’t wanna get involved in.”
“My daughter says the other day — she’s 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!”