Amy Poehler opened up about motherhood with Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday, explaining that she can only have so much control over her two sons.
"They are boys, so they're kind of crazy," Poehler said on "Ellen" on September 20. "Mothers come over with daughters and we have play dates. My house is a little crazy - everyone's kind of running around, jumping off furniture. They'll bring their daughters over and the daughters will be like, 'Should we sit in the corner and cooperate?' My guys are like, 'I made chocolate soup.' They will just make dirt soup. And the girls are making like a birdhouse out of organic materials. It's different."
The 40-year-old actress and Will Arnett, the father of their sons - Archie, 3, and Abel, 2, announced plans to separate after 9 years of marriage on September 6, 2012.
"They love each other, they're brothers and they're boys, so they kind of play like bear cubs," Poehler joked. "There's a lot of peeing... just everyone's marking their territory."
Though the boys might not be well-behaved at home, Poehler said that she makes sure they are courteous.
"I'm pretty strict with them," Poehler said. "I'm big on manners and 'please' and 'thank you.'"
Poehler also talked about the honor of being up for two Emmys, at the 2012 Emmy Awards are set to air on ABC on Sunday, September 23.
Poehler is up for the 2012 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for her role as Leslie Knope in the NBC show "Parks and Recreation" and another nomination for her role as a writer on the series.
Poehler is a former "Saturday Night Live" cast member and has appeared with her former co-star, Tina Fey, in the 2008 comedy "Baby Mama" and the 2004 Lindsay Lohan movie "Mean Girls." Poehler has received two Emmy nods for her roles on "Saturday Night Live" was nominated the past two years for her part on "Parks and Recreation."
Poehler has also starred on shows such as the comedy series "Undeclared" and "Arrested Development," which featured Arnett.