Donna Kelce Says Son Jason ‘Thought He Could Raise the Girls like Boys’ Before Realizing Otherwise (Exclusive)

"He figured out, no, it's totally different," Donna Kelce says of son Jason's parenting skills in an interview with PEOPLE

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Donna Kelce knows a thing or two about parenting.

In an interview promoting her partnership with Barefoot Wines, the NFL mom, 71, shared that her son Jason, who turns 36 on Sunday, “thought he could raise the girls like boys,” speaking of her three granddaughters Wyatt, 4, Elliotte, 2, and Bennett, 8 months.

Donna tells PEOPLE that Jason “doesn't come to her for parenting advice.” Instead, she explains that Jason’s wife Kylie is “very involved” and “gives him tips because obviously she was [from] an all girls family.”

“He thought he could raise the girls like boys and then he figured out, no, it's totally different,” says Donna. The mom of two boys explained that the the Philadelphia Eagles center and Super Bowl champ had to realize “it’s not like when he grew up” with brother Travis Kelce, 34.

<p>Kylie Kelce/Instagram</p> Jason Kelce, Kylie Kelce and their kids Elliotte, Bennett and Wyatt

Kylie Kelce/Instagram

Jason Kelce, Kylie Kelce and their kids Elliotte, Bennett and Wyatt

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Donna said that Jason is “very gentle” with his girls, telling PEOPLE, “when he's kind of roughhousing a little bit, they'll say, ‘Stop, it's too much,’ and he's like, ‘Okay, girls.’ So he's had to take a step back.”

During the interview with PEOPLE, Donna also opened up about son Travis’s love of his nieces. 

Donna said that Travis, the Kansas City Chiefs tight end who has made global headlines this fall amid his romance with Taylor Swift, “loves” being an uncle, before clarifying that “he loves kids, period.”

The NFL mom added that her younger son is "really a good uncle,” emphasizing that “he's so good and animated.”

<p>Jason Kelce/Instagram</p>

Jason Kelce/Instagram

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“He’s a kid himself," she says of Travis. "He just feels like he’s one of them. I don’t think he’s ever going to grow up.”

Travis’s adorable interactions with his nieces caught the attention of fans when Jason’s oldest daughter Wyatt recently made an appearance on the brothers' podcast New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce (Presented by Wave Sports + Entertainment).

"Wyatt asked if she could say hi," Jason said before hoisting the 4-year-old onto his lap.

Travis gasped and said, "Look at you!" as Wyatt responded, "Hi Uncle Trav!"



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"What's up girly? How are you doing?" he asked. "How was gymnastics?"

"What are you wearing? Tell Uncle Trav what you're wearing," Jason said as Wyatt interjected, “a leotard!”

Travis also chatted with another one of his nieces, Elliotte, smiling wide as the toddler appeared on screen.

When he asked her how she was doing, the little girl couldn't stop smiling. "You're smiling big," Travis said. "You're making my day."

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