For over a decade, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck were one of the most beloved couples in Hollywood. They originally met on the set of Pearl Harbour in 2001, though they didn’t start dating until mid-2004. They were married only a year later in 2005 in a beautiful ceremony in Turks and Caicos.
That same year, their daughter Violet was born. In 2009, Jennifer gave birth to their second daughter, Seraphina Rose. They finally welcomed their third child, son Samuel, in 2012.
However, it was only a few years later in 2015 that Ben and Jen announced their separation. The couple officially divorced in 2018 after several years of trying to work things out. Nowadays, the exes are committed to co-parenting their three adorable children. Continue reading to see twenty photos of Jennifer and Ben raising their kids.
20 Their Kids Don’t Have Computers (Or Social Media)
In this day and age, it seems like children are being introduced to technology at increasingly earlier ages. But don’t expect to see Jennifer’s kids online. “We just had back to school night, and I said afterwards, ‘Do they need a computer?’ They need some kind of device or computer to complete their homework,” the actress told TODAY Parents in 2016.
19 The Kids Get One “Yes Day” Per Year
Back in 2017, Jennifer revealed that she has a special annual tradition with her children – she always allows them a “Yes Day.” On this day, the actress and her ex-husband have to say ‘yes’ to basically anything their kids ask them to do (within reason, of course). She revealed the tradition via a social media post in which she also said she needs coffee pronto.
18 Jen Shared A Bed With Her Daughter Post-Divorce
It sounds like Jennifer had a hard time getting used to sleeping in a bed alone after she and her ex-husband Ben slit up. While speaking to Vanity Fair, the actress revealed she went through a time where she slept beside her daughter, Violet, and had to watch TV in order to feel sleepy.
“I used to think I would never watch television on my phone, but there I am, because I am sleeping next to my daughter. I’m happy to have her; she’s happy to have me,” she explained.
17 Their Kids Aren't Allowed Junk Food
Considering that Jennifer has launched her own organic baby food line (called Once Upon A Farm), it’s not surprising to hear that she’s strict about what sorts of foods she introduces into her household.
"I’m not worried so much about junk food, because we don’t have it in the house—although I don’t want to be a freak about it, so that they just want to get their hands on it at all costs," Jen explained to People.
16 Ben Went To Treatment For Their Kids
Just last year, it was reported that Jennifer had staged an intervention with the help of her ex-husband’s family in order to motivate him to go to treatment. Jen was even seen later driving him to the facility. "She had promised the kids that she's going to get Daddy back to the supportive family man that they all know and love,” a source told The Mirror about why Jennifer did it.
15 Jen's House Always Smells Good (For A Weird Reason)
From the sound of it, the actress always has to have a candle burning. "My mom always said that if the house is smelling good and everyone is hungry…Your kids will get their veggies that way by eating a bunch of raw broccoli and carrots and tomatoes," Jennifer explained to People. While the celebrity didn’t elaborate on the science behind her hack, it definitely seems to be working in her household.
14 The Kids Get One-On-One Time At Bedtime
While speaking to TODAY Parents, the actress revealed that she’s made it a habit to bond with her kiddos one-on-one while she’s tucking them into bed. “I try to make bedtime sacred, to have some alone time with each kid every night, when it is possible,” she told the publication. “Except for the nights when it’s not possible. I work, and I have a job that means that sometimes I have to go out at night, and sometimes I need to go out at night just for me.”
13 Jen Started Volunteering After Becoming A Mom
For Jennifer, she says she began reflecting on families that weren’t as fortunate as hers and what she could do to make a difference in their lives. "Once I had kids, I began asking myself, how do I want to spend my time? How do I want to make what little impact I can on the world?” She told TODAY.
12 It Sounds Like Their Home Is Pretty Messy
The celebrity has gotten candid about just how chaotic she keeps her home. It sounds like she doesn’t mind a little mess! “While I find it very kind, and I love that women who have kids relate to me, I find that I am by far the messiest, sloppiest, craziest!” Jen told PopSugar in 2012.
11 They Grow Their Own Food (And The Kids Have To Help!)
We imagine that Jennifer hardly has time to eat dinner with her family given how busy she is with her work. But not only does the actress make time to always cook her family’s meals from scratch, it turns out she also grows a lot of her own ingredients- seriously! "I think growing your own food helps," Jen told People last year.
10 They Continued Attending Church Together Post-Divorce
Given all that Ben Affleck put his wife through during their high-profile divorce, no one would blame these exes if they had a hard time being around each other. But they’re clearly trying to put co-parenting above all else. So much so, Ben and Jen are often photographed attending church with their three kids in tow.
9 Jen Doesn’t Mind If Her Kids Have Tantrums
Jennifer isn’t fazed when her kids have a meltdown in public. “My littlest one saw something he wanted. I had just said, ‘We’re not buying anything,’ and he threw a fit,” Jen said in reference to her son, Huffington Posit reports. “The people at the store said to me, ‘Please let us just give this to you’ because he was so unhappy.”
8 They Don't Want Her Daughters Thinking They’re Too Beautiful
Jen has spoken about how she doesn’t want vanity to go to her daughter’s’ heads, especially since they’re being raised in the hustle and bustle of Hollywood. “What my mom did that I valued so much was to not place beauty high on the list of priorities,” she told TODAY. “It was a [surprise] when I got to college to hear people say I was pretty.”
7 Jen Constantly Gets Advice From Mom Friends
It sounds like Jennifer has a great group of mom friends that she goes to when she needs advice- we wonder if any of those mamas are as famous as her! “I have a couple of celebrity mom friends that I go to for certain things that only they can — only we can talk about!” the actress told Pop Sugar.
6 Their Kids Are Allowed To Have Bad Days
Jennifer has explained about how she’s teaching her children emotional intelligence by allowing them to be in bad or good moods. It’s all about expressing how they’re feeling. “Our kids need to be allowed to have a bad day. And you need to show them that it’s OK to have the whole range of emotions,” the mother-of-three shared with Vanity Fair.
5 Jen Took Up Dance After Her Divorce
Jennifer has gone on record saying she believed she would become a dancer rather than an actress, as she danced throughout her childhood. However, following her divorce, the actress says she rekindled her passion for the art form. “When the earth shakes you go to what you know from childhood,” she told Vanity Fair. “All of a sudden I’m sitting down at the piano […] I needed a dance class.”
4 Don't Expect Jen To Start Dating Anytime Soon
The star has made it clear on several occasions that she has no plans to get romantically involved with anyone. Not when she has her kids to focus on. “I would not have chosen this life for myself or for my kids,” she told Australia’s News.com.au in 2017. “I would not choose to be [solo] or be in this position.”
3 They Want Their Kids To Have “Southern Values”
The has spoken about wanting to ensure her children know that other lifestyles exist beyond the Hollywood bubble. “It’s really important for my kids to see that everyone doesn’t have the lives they see in Los Angeles,” the star told TODAY. “That doesn’t reflect the rest of the world.”
2 They Expect The Kids To Get Part-Time Jobs
Having a side job when she was a teenager helped build her character, Jennifer explained to TODAY, so it’s safe to assume she’ll expect her kids to get a side hustle. “I always had a job,” the actress explained. “In high school, I worked at a men’s clothing shop and babysat. In college, I worked at a summer stock theater for free, building sets and cleaning toilets.”
1 Jen Refuses To Judge Other Moms
Just like so many celebrity mothers, Jennifer has faced her fair share of backlash from the media, which is likely why the star is so adamantly against mom shaming. While speaking to Parade, the actress says she can’t stand reading what people have to say about fellow moms. “I will tell you what I can’t abide ― and I think the internet has really created a space for it ― women criticizing other women and mothers criticizing other mothers,” she told the publication.
Sources: PopSugar, TODAY Parents, People Magazine, Huffington Post, The Mirror, Parade Magazine, Vanity Fair.