Hoda Kotb, Joel Schiffman ‘Divvy’ Up Holidays While Coparenting

Crushing coparenting! Practically one yr after Hoda Kotb and Joel Schiffman known as it quits following eight years collectively, their main aim is to provide their daughters a merry celebration.

“Now we have a extremely nice working relationship in terms of holidays,” the In the present day present anchor, 58, completely instructed Us Weekly on Friday, November 18, of coparenting with Schiffman, 64, whereas selling her Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade internet hosting duties. “We communicate quite a bit and we be sure that we divvy it up in order that it’s nice for him and nice for us.”

Kotb and the Colorado native — who break up in January — have continued to amicably elevate daughters Haley, 5, and Hope, 3.


Joel Schiffman, Hoda Kotb.
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“The final word aim is when your ladies are comfortable. That’s what we each say, ‘Completely satisfied ladies, that’s all we wish,’” the I Actually Wanted This In the present day creator instructed Us of her children throughout a joint interview with In the present day cohost Savannah Guthrie. “And that’s what we’ve got. So that they get pleasure from spending time with their dad they usually get pleasure from spending time with me and all people on my aspect. So it’s been actually good [and] we’ve got a pleasant combine.”

Kotb adopted her two little ones in 2017 and 2019, respectively, and has since often gushed about their household bond.

“Savannah and I each got here to motherhood late in life, however I feel one factor I actually wanna work on with my ladies, too, is them having their voice,” Kotb instructed Us, referring to her 50-year-old NBC cohost’s two kids with husband Michael Feldman. “[Teaching them about] being courageous sufficient to say what they want, what they need and to not really feel grasping or an excessive amount of or too bossy.”

She continued: “I really feel like a whole lot of us, after we have been youthful, we have been taught to be quieted. I used to be known as shy, however as I mirror on [it], I used to be in all probability quieted like, you recognize, ‘Settle down, be a very good lady.’ However, I feel I would like my ladies to be extra vocal and to say what they need and to not be afraid and to not attempt to conform to be what different individuals need.”

Kotb additionally revealed the necessary classes and traditions she desires to instill in Hope and Haley throughout the holidays.

“The one factor I actually wanna remind my children, ’trigger I feel typically we truly must power our households to get collectively to spend time — [with] my mother, my sister, my brother, the children and all that stuff — so the factor I feel I wanna simply stress to them is, like, we’re a unit collectively and this era issues,” she instructed Us. “There’s all the time this [saying] about ‘Nobody in, nobody out on a giant day,’ like, simply us for this. So, that’s type of the custom we’re attempting to move alongside.”

The Oklahoma native, nonetheless, is at present attempting to “tiptoe slowly” via the vacation season — although her ladies are already planning their Christmas wishlists.

“I used to be in FAO Schwarz by probability yesterday with my daughter and he or she noticed Barbies. I didn’t even assume she favored Barbies,” Kotb quipped on Friday. “She was like, ‘I would like the Dream Home.’ I’m going, ‘You don’t even like [the dolls]’ … after which it become this complete factor. So, perhaps [Santa will bring her] the Barbie Dream Home.”

Along with spending the vacations with Haley and Hope, Kotb will as soon as once more emcee the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade alongside Guthrie.

“The vacations are simply the most effective time of yr and I really like passing on traditions [like] adorning the Christmas tree, placing on [holiday] music, opening one current and just one current on Christmas Eve,” the Australia native instructed Us on Friday, selling her Beginning From Scratch With Savannah vacation particular with chef Marcus Samuelsson.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs on NBC on November 24 at 9:00 a.m. ET. Guthrie’s Beginning From Scratch specials airs on November 30 on TODAY All Day.

With reporting by Mandie DeCamp