I think she doesn't want him to overhear because that would feed his ego. He's probably talked a lot of shit about her and how she's obsessed with him, etc. and she doesn't want to add to that.
I was just thinking about Leah's time out situation with the girlses-- I have a 2 1/2 year old and I don't want to be all "agh I am the best mother ever"-- I only have one kid, she's a doll, my husband is an outstanding coparent... BUUUT I have no idea why those kids were put into time out? She told the older one "no you can't have these I'll get you a different kind" her kid whined, kids whine-- it's annoying... I don't understand why she was put into time out for it? Leah escalated the situation unnecessarily. Making a big deal that her kids were being difficult so she had an excuse to stick them in the corner. I would have said-- "hey kid sorry you don't have the patience. it sucks having to wait, i understand that. but you can either sit here and whine and wait a second or you can go do something to distract yourself for a bit. want me to get you your coloring book while you wait?" yelling at her and putting her in time out certainly isn't going to teach her anything about patience. and the other kid was put into time out because she wouldn't eat her dinner? i'm a firm believer that most kids will eat when they're hungry. if they're over tired or have snacked all day they'll refuse food. that's okay. when they're hungry later you warm up the plate from earlier. "you're not hungry right now? i understand, we had those yummy crackers earlier. you still need to sit at the table with us while we finish our meal.-- if whining continues let them go have some time to themselves with a toy on the kitchen floor. (even though from the looks of it no one was sitting at the table so why would she have been expected to be there?). I try REALLY HARD not to judge other mothers but that was just lazy. She's totally overwhelmed, over medicated and I don't understand why she won't take the HELP offered by her children's FATHERS.