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Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell: Hands-on parents

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No nannies needed

When it comes to Rebecca Romijn's parenting, two's company and three is a crowd. The actress recently revealed her and her husband's old -school rearing techniques.

Romijn and O'Connell Jerry O'Connell and Rebecca Romijn aren't your average Hollywood couple. He's a former child star who successfully transitioned into adult roles, while she's a supermodel turned actress currently headlining her own show. Throw in two young children and you've got a busy schedule.

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Most celebrities employ full-time nannies to help with their kids. But the O'Connells prefer a more traditional approach. If they need help, they turn to the most trusted people they know — each other. Romijn graces the Aug. issue of Redbook Magazine where she discusses her functional family.

"We're each other's assistants. We pick up each other's slack. Whoever is less busy helps the busier one; 'Can you go pick this up for me?' or 'Can you book my flight?' That's what real life is. Once you start paying somebody else to do the grunt work, who are you?"

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It's a lot of hard work, but the good outweighs the bad. When times get tough, the couple tries to focus on the positive. They cherish every moment they have with 4-year-old daughters Charlie Tamara Tulip and Dolly Rebecca Rose.

“Sometimes I do get a little teary," Romijn says. "Jerry and I will see the girls running ahead of us and say, ‘Look at them, they’ll never be this little again — not even 10 minutes from now.’”

Lately, O'Connell's been doing the brunt of the work as Romijn shoots her new series, King & Maxwell. The production films in Canada, so the kids travel between their Los Angeles home and the Vancouver set.

Romijn's issue of Redbook Magazine hits shelves July 9.

Photo credit: WENN
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