Jennifer Garner Has the Same 'One Ask' Every Mother's Day 'Even Though It's Ridiculous at This Point' (Exclusive)

The actress is mom to kids Violet, Seraphina and Samuel

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Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner only wants one thing for Mother's Day.

When the holiday rolls around every May, the actress, who is mom to kids Violet, 18, Seraphina, 15, and Samuel, 12, whom she shares with ex Ben Affleck, tells PEOPLE she doesn't want much.

"I have one ask, and it is that when my kids were really little, on some Mother's Day, they all sat on my lap one after the other all at once for a picture," Garner, 52, recalls while chatting with PEOPLE about the release of the new KitchenAid Espresso Collection.

"And I want that picture every year, even though it's ridiculous at this point. They're so big. But I make them take it and they are just like, 'Mom.' But that's my ask."

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Earlier this month, the 13 Going on 30 alum appeared on an episode of the Dear Felicity podcast, which revisits the 1998 TV series 25 years after its premiere, and shared that her kids hadn't yet watched the series.

"Nope. Not yet," Garner replied when asked if her kids had seen Felicity yet. "They're that age. They just have to discover it on their own. They have their own cues. They have their own ideas of what they want to see."

"They would love it," the proud mom added. "They would love it."

Nathan Howard/Getty Jennifer Garner and daughter Violet
Nathan Howard/Getty Jennifer Garner and daughter Violet

In March, Garner shared with PEOPLE that her kids are giving her the most joy as she got ready to celebrate her 52nd birthday. "They're really solid right now," said the star and Neutrogena brand ambassador.

"I'm just watching them in this new phase of life where they're figuring out who they're going to be and what they're going to study. And I'm so interested in them. All the time, I'm interested in everything about them."

Asked if it's difficult to let her kids make their own decisions, Garner admitted it's "so hard."

"I mean, my parents did too, and I'm so amazed by that. I have a really hard time not saying, 'This is what I see you as,' and 'I think you should,' " she said. "I really have to sit on my hands."

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