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Hoda Kotb gets candid about her daughters asking questions about their adoption

The Today star adopted two young daughters, Haley and Hope

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Hoda Kotb has spoken out about raising her two young daughters and the questions she's being asked by them regarding their adoption.

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In her popular podcast, Making Space with Hoda Kotb, the mom-of-two chatting to country star Thomas Rhett, who adopted his oldest daughter, Willa Gray, in 2017.

The conversation turned to their experiences raising their children, and the Today star asked the singer: "As you know I adopted two children and a lot of questions are already coming up that I get from Haley and that I will get from Hope too.

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"What questions is Willa Gray asking and how have you guys navigated that? I've got two kids from different countries and there are questions a pop."

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Thomas replied: "It's hard as I think when you become a parent you think 'I'm a dad I have all the answers' or 'I'm a mom and I have all the answers,' and adoption is one of the most beautiful things in the world and I don't think that you go 'Oh in six years I'm going to start answering some really intense questions.'

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Today's Hoda Kotb opened up about her daughters and their questions about adoption

"But I don't know if you felt like this at all, but what age? What age is the right age? The world is moving so fast and to have a conversation with a six-year-old about that, I might be too old school but I think 'Maybe we wait until she's ten'.

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"She [Willa] asks questions all the time, she says to Lauren 'When can we go and see my friends in Uganda?' "I love the innocence they have, they haven't been jaded by the world yet. In your parent brain you want to keep their innocence as long as possible."

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Hoda adopted her two young daughters with ex-fiancé Joel Schiffman 

Hoda opened up about her own experience, telling Thomas: "Kids are funny they ask questions. Haley holds my skin up to her skin and says 'Am I darker than you momma? What about Hopey, is she darker than me?'

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"And that is interesting, we kind of make jokes about it but you want to preserve where they are from so they remember. I feel if you don't know your identity, how are you going to live your life?

"You've got to figure out a way to navigate."

Hoda adopted her two daughters with her ex-fiancé Joel Schiffman.

They regularly appear on the star's social media account and recently made a TV appearance while their mom was presenting the Fourth Hour of Today with Jenna Bush Hager in New Orleans.

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