Sherri Shepherd Thinks Her 4-Year-Old Is a Flirt

09/29/2009 at 08:45 AM EDT

Sherri Shepherd Thinks Her 4-Year-Old Is a Flirt
Sherri Shepherd
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Sherri Shepherd has a little Lothario on her hands.

The View co-host, 42, says her 4-year-old son Jeffrey loves to charm the ladies – especially Elizabeth Hasselbeck's 4-year-old daughter Grace.

"First thing he says to Grace is, 'Give me a kiss,' " says the comedian, whose new book, Permission Slips: Every Woman's Guide to Giving Herself a Break, is to be published Oct. 5. "That's how he is with all the little girls: 'Give me a kiss!' If you don't kiss him, he's gonna friggin' hit you. Every little 4-year-old girl, he loves 'em."

Beating Herself Up

In Permission Slips, Shepherd discusses life as a single mom – and how she gives herself permission to make mistakes. The title was inspired by a moment on The View when a "very nervous" Shepherd said she didn't know whether the earth was round or flat.

"I was beating myself up until I got hundreds of emails from women going, 'You know what Sherri? I don't care if the earth is round or flat, I'm just trying to take care of my kid,' " she says. "And that's when I realized, we just have to give ourselves permission to say dumb things, we have to give ourselves permission to feel okay and not beat ourselves up 'cause we're trying so hard to be the perfect mother, perfect sister, wife."

Another permission slip she's given herself: the occasional dieting blunder. In the book, she jokingly refers to the frozen yogurt chain Pinkberry as "Satan's Franchise."

"I haven't been to Pinkberry since last July," she says, "so it's been a year and a half I've been sober!"

Reporting by AILEEN WONG

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