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Jennifer Garner Talks Sharing Parenting Duties with Ben Affleck

Jennifer Garner Talks Sharing Parenting Duties with Ben Affleck

Jennifer Garner rocks some fall colors on the cover of InStyle‘s October 2014 issue, on newsstands September 19.

Here is what the 42-year-old actress had to share with the mag:

On sharing parenting duties with Ben Affleck: “For better or worse, I tend to be the one who says, ‘This is what needs to happen.’ I know who wants what lunch, and I’ve done all the school paperwork and filled out the emergency cards. Ben doesn’t know that stuff exists. He is in charge of laughter. No matter how much I tickle them or toss them or chase them around, it’s not the same. If I’m the slow, steady drumbeat, he’s the jazz.”

On how their relationship has changed: “When we had our first [child], we had only been together a year. We were babies. It happened so fast, I hardly remember what we were like before the kids got here. Now we’re just starting to go away for a night here and there.”

On making time for courtship: “You can’t expect to be courted all the time, and I don’t want to court him right now-I don’t have the energy! But we’re definitely in a very mindful place where we’re making an effort to be together, do things at the same time, and be loving.”

FYI: Jennifer is wearing a Burberry Prorsum poncho, dress, scarf, and belt, Van Cleef & Arpels necklace and link bracelet, Elsa Peretti for Tiffany & Co. bracelets and ring, and a Tiffany & Co. chain bracelet.

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Photos: Photographed for InStyle by Giampaolo Sgura
Posted to: Jennifer Garner, Magazine

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  • Oh okay

    I felt bad for laughing at her when Ben talked about having to work on their marriage in his OSCAR SPEECH.

  • Anna Mae Wong

    Too bad that four time loser J-LOW never cared enough about her previous marriages to work on any of them.

  • Cate

    So basically she does all the work when it comes to the parenting. Ben has time to go to casinos on the regular and learn to count cards but not school paperwork or what lunch his kids like but at least he’s fun! Way to make an effort!

  • Izabel

    She’s soooo beautiful and REAL! LOVE her!

  • April

    @Izabel: You and me both. She is perfection. I love her to pieces.