"I think marriage has a lot of vitality," Parker told PEOPLE in 2018. "If you're fortunate, it's like this dazzling organism."
"Our lives are unpredictable, and we're not always here when we want to be," Parker said of her family. "We can't always do drop-off and pick-up. But I'm proud that our children talk to us in the way they do. I'm glad they're curious people."
Here's everything Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick have said about their children.
James Wilkie Broderick, 20
Parker and Broderick's oldest child, James Wilkie, was born on Oct. 28, 2002, at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, weighing in at 6 lbs, 8 oz. The couple named James after Broderick's late father, actor James Broderick.
After his birth, Parker's publicist told PEOPLE, "Mother and baby are doing very well. Everyone is healthy." Broderick's rep also told the Associated Press, "Everybody is totally over the moon and ready to go home."
Before retreating to their West Village abode, the family posed for photographers and fans waiting outside of the hospital. "Thanks for caring. It must be a slow news week," Parker joked.
In a 2008 interview with Parade, Parker opened up about her parenting style and raising James.
"I think that if I had been raised a child of privilege, I wouldn't be the working person I am today," she said. "I have a great appreciation for work. I think it's incumbent on my husband and me to really stress and to show James Wilkie by example what it means to owe your community something and that he is not entitled to the benefits of our hard work."
And at the time, James' wardrobe consisted of hand-me-downs and not much else.
"He only wears hand-me-downs because I've got all these older nephews," Parker revealed. "That's the God's honest truth. Plus, my mother saved all my brothers' clothes. I am not kidding. I don't think I've ever bought him any clothes. Maybe a new winter coat. I do buy him shoes, because everybody's feet are different."
Although it's rare for Parker and Broderick's children to make public appearances, James has joined his parents on the red carpet for special occasions.
In 2010, James made his red carpet debut at the New York premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 — and shared he was a "big fan" of the series. He stepped out again in 2011 for Deathly Hallows: Part 2. In 2021, James attended the premiere of And Just Like That… at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
Aside from a handful of red carpet appearances and outings with his parents, James often shows up on Parker's Instagram. Each year, Parker shares a photo of her son along with a heartfelt caption to celebrate his birthday.
In 2021, Parker shared a post for her son, who started at Brown University that year. "He is 19. Today. He doesn't wake with us. He is in his life. Away. In his studies. Among new friends. Sending home details," she wrote. "There is so much to tell. New adults making lasting impressions. Opening his still young eyes. New thoughts. New books. New and different mornings. On this one, it's bittersweet. Not to be with him. To wish him the most happiest of birthdays. Our Scorpio. Our Oct baby. Our JW. Happy Birthday. Balloons. Candles. Hoping every birthday wish to come true."
Parker marked her son's 20th birthday In October 2022 with a sweet post on Instagram. She shared throwback photos of James as a young boy, including one where he smiles in a blue striped shirt. "Oct 28th, 2022 'It was 20 years ago today…' The plates shifted," the actress wrote in the caption. "All the feelings I had ever known, deeper, magnified and in brilliant new colors. Today the kaleidoscope spins with all the memories. In all the glorious shapes, changes and perspectives you have brought to our lives."
Parker finished the post with a sweet and simple: "Happy birthday my son. I love you so.
Tabitha Hodge and Marion Loretta Elwell Broderick, 13
Dia Dipasupil/Getty Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker with their daughters
On June 22, 2009, Parker and Broderick brought home twins Tabitha Hodge and Marion Loretta Elwell. The girls were born via surrogate in Martins Ferry, Ohio. PEOPLE reported that the girls took on family names — Hodge and Elwell — from Parker.
Excitement aside, Parker said she refrained from telling son James too many details about the surrogacy. "I've been pretty candid with him," she said. "I kind of chartered my own course with him because we wanted to keep this quiet and so I wanted to be very careful about telling him so he wasn't burdened with a secret. On the other hand, I wanted him to have time to adjust to the idea of sharing his mama and his papa."
At just 2 years old, Parker said her girls insisted on being carried at the exact same time. "Well, honestly, my daughters insist on being carried at the exact same time," Parker said on the U.K. talk show This Morning in 2011. "They're like 25 pounds now each."
The actress also told PEOPLE in 2018 that her twins have "different interests." She said, "They're really devoted to each other, but they'll also say, 'I need time away from her.' Tabitha can play by herself for hours. Loretta always needs to be checking in. They go to different schools. That's Tabitha's idea."
Like their mother, both Tabitha and Marion are fashionistas.
In a 2022 episode of Vogue's Life in Looks, Parker opened up about some of her most memorable fashion moments throughout the years. One look in particular — the nude ball gown adorned with flowers that she donned for Vogue in 2021 — left her daughters mind-blown by the fact that their mom was on the cover of the fashion magazine.
"I showed my daughters … and both my daughters' hands went to their mouths and they were like, 'You're on the cover of Vogue?' I didn't know they were aware of Vogue," Parker said. "So, that was very touching to me."
Parker says her daughters also admire her 1993 film, Hocus Pocus. "They started watching this movie, I'm going to say about three years ago," Parker told PEOPLE in 2022. So when the actress reunited with costars Bette Midler, and Kathy Najimy to film the sequel, Hocus Pocus 2, her twins were delighted.
"They were so excited to meet Bette and Kathy," Parker said. "Loretta kept asking me, 'But wait, are we going to meet them as [their characters] Winnie and Mary? Or are we going to meet them as Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy?' "
The girls traveled to the set in Providence, Rhode Island where Midler and Najimy "were in full costume, but they were themselves, which was confounding in some ways," adds Parker.
When asked if she hammed it up for Loretta and Tabitha admitted, "One always hams. One hams it up as often as one possibly can. Isn't that what life is about?"