September 17, 2011 05:00 PM

Dave Allocca/Startraks

How does the busy mother of three and star of I Don’t Know How She Does It cope when life gets crazy?

“I talk to myself. Constantly,” Sarah Jessica Parker tells PEOPLE Monday at the film’s premiere in New York.

“Both my babysitter and I talk to ourselves, and we’re constantly apologizing for it.”

Like her character in the film, the unassuming actress doesn’t really stop to consider how she manages it all: “There are millions and millions of women in this country that do it far better than I do with far less resources and far less support.”

“Frankly, I think women are accustomed to doing a lot,” Parker, 46, continues. “We can talk on the phone and tie a shoe and pack a lunch and change a diaper.”

As a mother, Parker notes that the biggest things she’s learned contradict each other.

“One is that I now know how much time it really takes to get the kids up in the morning,” she says. “But I still do it at the last minute, so there you go. I’ve learned nothing!”

One way that the hands-on mom maintains normalcy is by driving her kids around in a minivan, as she told Katie Couric. Since then, she’s been getting a big response from other mommy mobile owners.

“I’ve been getting a lot of support,” Parker says. “I’m very proud of my minivan.”

She’s also got a lot of support in her husband of 14 years, Matthew Broderick.

“It seems like [my wife] is responsible for a lot of organizational stuff, but I do as much as I can,” the actor, 49, explains. “I’m just good at different things.”

Broderick said he’s good at taking children James Wilkie, 8½, and twins Loretta and Tabitha, 2, where they want to go.

“I can hang out with a kid forever and do very well,” says Broderick. “I’ll be spontaneous; I’ll go to a movie, zoo, or museum. It’s simple.”

Since his recent back surgery, though, Broderick hasn’t been able to carry their daughters, and the girls have been constantly asking about how he’s doing.

“‘How’s your back, Papa?’ They’re concerned,” he laughs. “They like to ask.”

— Asher Fogle

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