Matthew McConaughey, Camila Alves Cook With Their Kids at Home

Family is the most important! Camila AlvesThe husband Matthew McConaughey are cherishing every moment with their three children — especially as the little ones cross over into teenage territory.

The couple were married in 2012 and have two sons, Levi, 14, and Livingston (9 years old) and Vida, 12. After recently celebrating their eldest child’s birthday, Alves, 40, exclusively told Us WeeklyIt is so different to raise a teenager.

“You know, it’s interesting because when you have little ones, you are physically exhausted, right? And I feel like when you get to the teenagers … it’s almost like you need more energy,” the Brazil native told UsTuesday, July 12, when she promoted her Taco Sundae ice-cream creation, which she created with Whole Foods. “You need more brain power because it becomes all very about the mind, right? It’s like a teenager [is] trying to find their identity and find how they’re going to navigate their lives. So I think that … for me, it’s more challenging in a good way.”

Alves joked that her children miss the days when she was able to be there for them. “When they’re little, I’m like, ‘Oh, I can do this, like, day and night.’ You know, it’s go, go, go.”

Despite feeling “physically tired” while parenting toddlers, the tough conversations she’s had with her budding teens have provided a different type of challenge. “When it comes to more of … the ability to really guide, like, a young man or a young woman, it takes a different kind of brain to pass, you know, brain power [and]To guide [or] to navigate through that,” the model told Us. “But it’s beautiful. It’s inspiring. It makes you look at many things you do as an adult, too, once you reach that stage. … It’s a beautiful stage.”

Alves celebrated Levi’s 14th birthday with a sweet Instagram tribute on Monday, July 11. “Time flies… whatever it is that brings you joy experience fully as that exact experience will never happen again,” she captioned a family photo. “Levi just turn 14 the other day!! He changed my entire life and keeps it that way! My love, I am so grateful! Vida on this picture 12 now and look her admiration to her little brother Livingston age 9 now… time flies … 💚💛💚💛💚💛💚💛💚💛💚💛💚.”

Although their children are now grown up, the designer and her husband (52 years old) are still committed to building strong bonds with Levi, Vida, and Livingston. The kitchen is a place where the entire family of five loves to spend time together.

“They’re in charge of breakfast,” Alves told UsHer children. “My oldest does just, like, scrambled eggs with kale and turkey and, like, he really gets into it. He also adds tomatoes, onions, cilantro. He mixes it all up and it’s really good.”

McConaughey is, for his part the grill master at home. “Matthew really is in charge of, like, meats. … The grilling department I don’t mess with,” the former Shear GeniusHost teased. “That much I can tell you. … He loves the process of cooking on the grill. It’s there, so we honor that.”

Alves and the Oscar winner are also fond of turning their kitchen into a taco bar, which partially inspired Alves’ Whole Foods ice cream concoction. “I just stopped for a moment and I was like, ‘Well, what do we do at our house?’” she told Us of coming up with the “fun twist” on a traditional treat. “I was looking at my pantry and saw the taco shells. And I was like, ‘This is perfect.’ I’m like, ‘Let’s create a taco sundae.’ … It’s just a really, really nice combination.”

The launch of an Ice Cream Sundae recipe menu on Whole Foods Market and Amazon allows customers to shop the ingredients right away. National Ice Cream Day is Sunday, July 17th. Fans in Los Angeles, New York City, and Austin can get the creation free of charge at three Whole Foods Market locations.

Diana Cooper reports

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