12/22/2008 at 12:50 PM EST
's search for the right partner
continues – only this time with the encouragement of his mother.
"I wish he had more time to date," Connie Seacrest tells Momlogic.com
about her famous son, who also just happens to be the producer of the new NBC show, Momma's Boys
. "That would be wonderful for him – and we'd stand a better chance for him to have a relationship. "
As for any butting in – or rather, assistance – from Mom: "My rule is that you just observe and wait until they ask for your opinion," she says.
Still, a mother can hope, can't she? Ideally, she says, for her son, "This would be the package I could see – a woman that would be his best friend, lover and eventually one day the mother of his children."
Ryan, who turns 34 on Christmas Eve, also has a sister, Meredith – and, notes mother Connie, the sibling is also single.
"Neither of my children [is] married. They're going have to get a nanny for granny!" she says.
But as for adding to the family, "I believe in marriage before children. My husband [Gary Seacrest] and I have been married for 39 years this February. I think both of my children want to have this kind of relationship. Ryan realizes he's got to give more time to a relationship if he wants it to be a lasting one. I'm keeping my fingers crossed!"