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Why Sarah Jessica Parker lets her daughters eat as much sugar as they want

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When it comes to food, Sarah Jessica Parker doesn’t want her daughters to follow in her footsteps.

The actress has been intentional about encouraging twins Tabitha and Marion to have a “better relationship” with eating than she did growing up, she told “Ruthie’s Table 4” podcast listeners Monday.

“When I had girls, I didn’t want them to have a relationship with food that was antagonistic and to see it as an enemy,” the “Sex and the City” alum, 59, explained, noting that her own childhood home did not allow “sugar … or chocolate or cookies.”

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Sarah Jessica Parker is fostering a “healthy” relationship with food in her home. Getty Images
Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick and kids
She wants her daughters to have a “better” experience than she did growing up. GC Images
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The actress was not given “sugar … or chocolate or cookies” as a kid. The Howard Stern Show/Youtube

Because of that restriction, Parker and her siblings purchased “a load of cakes and cookies” upon moving out.

“I didn’t want that for them,” the “And Just Like That” star said of her 14-year-olds. “In our house, we have cookies, we have cake, we have everything. And as a result, you have a better relationship.

“My daughters will have the figures they have, and hopefully they’ll be healthy,” she continued. “They’re athletes and they enjoy food and have different palates. I hope that they can maintain their affection for the experience and their delight in taste.”

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Her and Matthew Broderick’s twins will not consider food their “enemy.” Hoda Davaine/Dave Benett/Getty Images
Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick and kids
The couple welcomed Marion and Tabitha in 2009, with the infants joining big brother James. Sarah Jessica Parker /Instagram

The Golden Globe winner, who is also the mother of son James, 21, with husband Matthew Broderick, went on to share rare insight into their home life elsewhere in the episode.


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“Matthew cooks. We both cook every single day,” Parker said. “We eat dinner as a family every night. And always have dinner every Sunday night. It’s just what we do.”

She and Broderick, 62, have been married since May 1997 and started their family five years later when Parker gave birth to their son.

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The pair tied the knot in 1997. Getty Images
Sarah Jessica Parker
They choose to “eat dinner as a family” each night. GC Images

The couple welcomed their baby girls via surrogate in June 2009.

While James, Tabitha and Marion have been primarily raised out of the spotlight, they have all joined their parents in rare red carPet appearances over the years.

Parker also posts occasional photos of her family of five via Instagram, with the Emmy winner most recently sharing a Thanksgiving selfie in bed.

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