It’s the holiday season and Phaedra Parks’ sons Ayden (5) and Dylan (2) are at the perfect age to enjoy all of the festivities. This year will be different for the boys; their father is currently in a New Jersey federal prison serving his 8-year sentence for bank and wire fraud. Phaedra sat down with ETonline this week to dish on how her family plans to spend the holidays, and even gets candid on how they are including Apollo.
“Of course, it”s lots of holiday parties,” Phaedra shared. “Ayden’s in the Nativity scene for his school play, so we’re rehearsing for his two lines, and he’s all excited about being the Wise Man, which, you know, he doesn’t really say much, but I’m sure he’s going to improvise, because he loves to talk. The wise, talkative man,” Phaedra finished. Ayden is too cute, I love that we get to watch him grow up on camera. I give that little boy a lot of credit; he clearly knows something is different in his family, his dad isn’t home anymore. It would be typical for Ayden to start acting out and misbehaving, given the change in his home life, yet we haven’t seen any of that behavior on RHOA this season.
Phaedra continued on their holiday plans, “But, we’ll have a huge family dinner, we’ll have game night, where I invite all my friends over, and I’m thinking about doing a big play date for all the kids at the school to come by the house, as well.” Phaedra is like super-mom, I love how well she’s keeping it together for her kids!
Then, she opened up on how to keep Apollo in the boys’ lives, even when he can’t be with them. “Well, it’s sort of hard,” Phaedra confesses. “Now we can do video chatting, so he is getting to see the children on video, so that’s pretty good. We talk about the Christmas lists — I’m not very big on a lot of toys, because I think Christmas isn’t really about receiving, it’s about giving. I don’t want to raise spoiled brats, so I’m always wanting them to learn the true meaning of Christmas: Christ.” She finished with, “That’s always hard at this age. So we’re talking about, you know, how many toys are appropriate and what’s too much.”
I had no idea you could video chat from prison; I wonder if Teresa got to do that with the girls. I’m glad the boys can “see” their dad, and talk to him about the upcoming holidays. Phaedra and Apollo’s kids are very young, and it’s a shame they have to be punished for their dad’s actions. Phaedra’s focus doesn’t seem to be on Apollo, and I don’t know how she holds it together. I’m curious if Phaedra has private break downs, or if she is really able to just put this Apollo situation in the back of her mind and go about her business. Either way, I’m totally impressed by her. Wishing Phaedra and the boys a VERY happy holidays!
What did you think of Phaedra’s interview? Are you surprised the boys are able to video chat with Apollo? Do you think Phaedra should bring Ayden and Dylan to see their dad for Christmas? Do you enjoy watching Phaedra’s sons on The Real Housewives of Atlanta?