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How Hoda Kotb and ex Joel Schiffman “split” vacations while co-parenting

Crushing co-parenting! Almost a year later Hoda Kotb and Joel Schiffman called it quits after eight years together, their primary goal being to give their daughters a happy party.

“We have a really great working relationship when it comes to vacations,” says de Today show anchor, 58, exclusively told Us weekly on Friday, Nov. 18, from co-parenting with Schiffman, 64, as she promoted her Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade hosting duties. “We talk a lot and we make sure we split it up so it’s great for him and great for us.”

Kotb and the Colorado native — who split in January — have gone on to amicably raise daughters Haley, 5, and Hope, 3.

Joel Schiffman, Hoda Kotb. Efren Landaos/Shutterstock

“The ultimate goal is when your girls are happy. That’s what we both say, ‘Happy girls, that’s all we want,'” the I really needed this today author told U.S of her children during a joint interview with Today cohost Savanna Guthrie. “And that’s what we have. So they like spending time with their dad and they like spending time with me and everyone on my side. So it’s been really good [and] we have a nice mix.”

Kotb adopted her two little ones in 2017 and 2019 respectively and has often gambled about their family connection ever since.

“Savannah and I both became mothers late in life, but I think one thing I also really want to work on with my girls is having their voices,” Kotb shared. U.Sreferring to her 50-year-old NBC cohost’s two children with husband Michael Veldman. “[Teaching them about] being brave enough to say what they need, what they want and not feel greedy or too much or too bossy.”

She continued: “I feel like when we were younger a lot of us were taught to be quiet. I was called shy, but when I think about it [it], I was probably silenced like, you know, ‘Take it easy, be a good girl.’ But I think I want my girls to be more vocal and say what they want, not be afraid and not try to conform to what other people want.”

Kotb also revealed the important lessons and traditions she wants to teach Hope and Haley over the holidays.

“The one thing I really want to remind my kids of, because I think sometimes we have to force our families to get together to spend time – [with] my mom, my sister, my brother, the kids and all that stuff — so what I think I just want to emphasize to them is that together we are a unit and this period matters,” she shared U.S. ‘This is always there [saying] about ‘No one in, no one out on a big day’, like only us before. So that’s kind of a tradition that we try to pass on.”

However, the Oklahoma native is currently trying to walk “slowly on tiptoe” through the holiday season — even though her girls are already planning their Christmas wish lists.

“I happened to be in FAO Schwarz yesterday with my daughter and she saw Barbies. I didn’t even think she liked Barbies,” Kotb joked Friday. “She was like, ‘I want the dream house.’ I go, ‘You don’t even like [the dolls]’ … and then it turned into this whole thing. So maybe [Santa will bring her] the Barbie dream house.”

In addition to spending the holidays with Haley and Hope, Kotb will once again co-host the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with Guthrie.

“The holidays are simply the most wonderful time of the year and I love passing on traditions [like] decorate Christmas tree, put on [holiday] music, opening one present and only one present on Christmas Eve,” the Australian shared U.S on Friday to promote her Starting from scratch with Savannah holiday special with chef Marcus Samuelson.

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs on NBC on November 24 at 9:00 a.m. ET. Guthries Start at the beginning specials aired on November 30 on TODAY All day.

With reporting by Mandie DeCamp

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