Jennifer Garner on how parenting during the pandemic taught her strength: ‘I’m okay when it’s just the kids and me’


Jennifer Garner opened up on how she and her the kids coped while living through the pandemic over the past year.

The “13 Going on 30” star, 48, discussed spending COVID-19 lockdown in L.A. with her three kids: Violet, 15, Seraphina, 12, and Sam, 9.

Garner’s experience meant "putting a lot of gusto in when I can and creating adventures when there are none," she told People.

"Like we started shooting silly videos, which they got tired of before I did because I love the end result and having them forever. They started saying, 'Yeah, Mom. No.'"

The family kept themselves entertained with different-themed restaurant nights.

"First I was the American hostess and then I was the French waiter," the actress recalled. "And I kept changing clothes like Mrs. Doubtfire. We did a beach shack and a deli in New York. We did one roller-rink restaurant where the kids were in the car and I bought the little trays that hooked onto the windows and made burgers. You just want to have a night of fun every now and then."

The time at home helped Garner learn more about herself.

"I've learned that I'm pretty sturdy," she added. "I'm okay when I'm in the house by myself. I'm okay when it's just the kids and me. I'm okay when they fall apart. I mean I have my moments, but pretty much, I'm really okay."

While Garner shares her kids with ex-husband Ben Affleck, she shut down online rumors of having more children and elaborated about the possibility of taking another walk down the aisle.

"I don't know. I'm so far from it. And I don't know that marriage would need to be a part... I mean I definitely don't think that I'll be single forever," she added. "But this is not the time. I don't need to complicate it; I'm good."