The star of Little Fockers says that now that her headstrong 2½-year-old daughter, Honor, is talking, “I don’t feel so lost.”
Jessica Alba says dealing with a 2-year-old is much harder than memorizing a script, but that doesn’t mean she’s not head over heels in love with motherhood. “I care about her more than anything else in the world,” Jessica tells ParentDish. Maybe that’s why she’s planning on having more kids with her hubby, Cash Warren! “Yeah, at some point,” Jessica says about adding to her family. “We’ll see how it goes. I mean, we want more.”
Jessica, 29, who stars in the new Meet The Parents spinoff, Little Fockers, says now that Honor is older, it makes it a lot easier to control her tantrums. “She’s 2½ now. She’s just getting her opinions and she’s able to voice them now,” Jessica explains. “When she gets frustrated, she can talk about it. Before, it was just screaming and crying and I didn’t know how to fix it. Now we can communicate. There are rewards and time outs. There are ways to manage what’s going on. I don’t feel so lost. But you have to stick to your guns. It’s very hard.” Luckily Jessica has some TV shows she can turn to to put a smile on Honor’s face when all else fails! “The Backyardigans, Yo Gabba Gabba,” she names as her daughter’s favorite shows. “I’ve seen every Gabba episode at least 30 times.” Wow, there really is a Yo Gabba Gabba faze going on among celebrity kids!
And Honor isn’t just talking in Gabba Gabba language, the tiny tot can already speak Spanish! “We have people in our house and family members who speak Spanish to her all the time, but my Spanish is terrible,” Jessica explains. ” It’s like 1-year-old Spanish. She has a much broader vocabulary than I do already. It’s so good to open up their ears and minds to different languages. By the time they’re 3, their brains start creating prejudices about accents and tones. It’s just something that happens with brain chemistry. The more you can expose them to different sounds and languages before 3, the better. So, yeah, we’re totally trying to do that.”
For now, Jessica is waiting for her next movie role — hopefully a comedy — but she’s not worried about a finding a new gig. “I get to hang out with my kid, which is the funnest thing ever,” she says. “I’m so happy with the way things are going because I don’t have to work all the time. I work a little bit and the rest of the time I’m with my daughter. For me, that’s so much better, especially until she starts going to school. I don’t want to miss spending time with her.”