On Thursday, the actress, 43, explained in a post on Instagram that she has resorted to using Snapchat in order to communicate with her three children: daughter Ava, 19, and sons Deacon, 15, and Tennessee, 6.
What Witherspoon didn’t expect during their conversations was for one of her kids to share an important piece of information about school supplies with her — at the very last minute.
In the shot, which was taken on Snapchat and featured Witherspoon with a filter on that added a pair of glasses to her face and buns with starry bows in her hair, the mom of three stared into the camera with a shocked look on her face.
“Are you seriously telling me TODAY about all the school supplies you need tomorrow?” she wrote beneath the photo.
Witherspoon also added in the caption of the Instagram shot, “How to talk to your kids on snapchat… the filter adds a much more serious tone, don’t you think? #momlife #backtoschool.”
Witherspoon also explained that her strategy is to communicate with Ava and Deacon through the media channels they’re most familiar with.
“I like to haunt during the day, so I’ll send him pictures of disgusting animals and be like, ‘I’m feeling like this today,’ ” she said, giving blobfish and massive snails as examples. “And I’ll put #mondayfeels’ or something like that … I just try to gross him out.”
“All day, nonstop,” added the mother of three. “Just so they remember who’s the weird one.”