Is Kelly Ripa a Good Mom?

Kelly Ripa has been a fixture on television for almost 30 years now. She was known for playing Hayley Vaughan on All My Children in the 1990s before becoming one of the most famous talk show hosts in the 2000s.

These days, Ripa’s career is still going strong and she is a co-host on Live with Kelly and Ryan.

Fans of Ripa are most likely aware that she is also a mom at home since she has talked about her family life a lot throughout the years. However, many onlookers might be wondering about what Ripa is like as a mother. How does she raise her children with a busy career? Is she a good mom?

Kelly Ripa has three children

Kelly Ripa arrives at the Los Angeles LGBT Center's 49th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards.
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Ripa married her All My Children co-star Mark Consuelos in 1996. The couple is still married and they have three children together: Michael (b. 1997), Lola (b. 2001), and Joaquin (b. 2003).

Ripa and Consuelos’ two older kids are definitely grown up now and are establishing themselves in the real world. Michael has been getting into acting and even landed a role in Riverdale as his father’s character’s son. Meanwhile, Lola recently graduated high school and is now attending New York University.

Kelly Ripa has very strict rules for her children

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Although it’s clear that her adult kids have more independence now, back when they used to live with their parents, Ripa was clear about keeping them in line with strict rules.

For example, Ripa herself often tries to stay fit and eat healthy food, so she made sure to teach her kids the same habits. She once shared with Shape that her children rarely have access to junk food at home and are mostly just allowed to eat healthy things.

“We’ve always fed our kids that way,” Ripa said. “They don’t have a choice. We don’t keep a lot of junk in the house so they eat what’s there, which is a big bowl of fresh fruit.”

Aside from teaching them about living a healthy lifestyle, Ripa also limited their TV and phone time. She typically only allowed them to watch TV on the weekend and also banned them from using their phones during study hours. Ripa had access to their phones as well, which means that they often had little privacy. 

When her daughter Lola was younger, Ripa had a say in how her daughter dressed as well. “First thing in the morning, it’s a major discussion about what she’s going to wear,” Ripa shared with WebMD. “I’ve learned to give her limited options: ‘You can wear this or this.'”

Finally, Ripa is also strict about making sure her kids have good manners. They have been taught to write thank-you notes whenever they receive presents, and they learned not to interrupt other people during a conversation as well.

Is Kelly Ripa a good mom?

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A few of Ripa’s rules might seem a bit too much for some parents, who would argue that her children should be given more independence and not be controlled all the time. However, Ripa’s children do seem well-adjusted compared to other celebrity kids.

Instead of making headlines for partying and using drugs with their parents’ money, they lead private lives and are career-oriented. Perhaps Ripa’s strict parenting style did do wonders in keeping her kids in check and making sure that they do not fall into the trap of being spoiled children.

Moreover, Ripa has shown time and time again that, despite having a busy and demanding career, she still tries to be involved in her children’s lives. In 2014, she shared with US Weekly that they spend time together as a family as much as they can, especially before work and school.

Ripa explained: “We have breakfast together, walk to the bus stop, drop off the two older kids, walk home then I leave for work. I take my youngest to school because his school is very close to where I work, then I go to my job.”

Ultimately, over the years, Ripa found a parenting style that works for her and her family in hopes of making sure her children turn out to be the best people they could possibly be.