Kelly Ripa Tries to Tell Her Teenage Son That She’s Cool

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos

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updated 06/29/2010 AT 9:00 AM ET

originally published 06/29/2010 AT 9:30 AM ET

Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos might have their love life in order, but when it comes to raising their teenage son, they need all the help they can get.

“I read all of these books on teenagers, and they tell you all these things that are going to happen, and it all happened,” Ripa, 39, told PEOPLE at Monday night’s 10th Annual Trevor New York Summer Gala, benefiting gay youth crisis prevention. “They become surly. They lock themselves in their room. Everything [the parents] do is embarrassing.”

She adds with a laugh: “I keep telling him, ‘As far as parents go, we’re the bomb! The coolest parents ever!’ ”


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