Jennifer Garner’s an Old-Fashioned Mom

Jennifer Garner

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updated 09/22/2009 AT 8:00 AM ET

originally published 09/22/2009 AT 3:50 PM ET

Jennifer Garner may downplay her mom abilities, but she has no shortage of ideas about encouraging her kids to think creatively, a friend says.

“Every day, you feel like you are off-balance one way or another,” Garner, at Monday’s Hollywood premiere of her comedy The Invention of Lying, told PEOPLE about the secret to juggling career and motherhood. “You just take it one day at a time. Oh gosh, let me know when you figure that out. I don’t think anyone has it.”


Looking slim and radiant in a Gucci dress and Cartier jewels, Garner, 37, attended the movie opening without husband
Ben Affleck. She gave birth in January to the couple’s second daughter, Seraphina, who joined Violet, 3½.

Old-Fashioned

Garner may know more about motherhood than she lets on, however.

“Most of the time that I did spend with her when it was off-set, Violet was cooking with her, or reading Jane Austen, or doing one of these remarkable things that Violet tends to do,” producer Lynda Obst told PEOPLE. “She encourages her kids to be independent. At the same time, kind of not television watchers. Readers. Thinkers. She is kind of old-fashioned. She is a very classic mom.”

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