Kristen Bell is very honest about being a mom and we love it!
The actress says she doesn’t have any special training or knowledge and she has learned everything the hard way. Now she knows how to deal with picky eaters, raise strong daughters and more.
Speaking of Picky Eaters
Bell says that her daughters are good eaters but can be really picky sometimes. She says she tries to make it fun, for example arrange food into faces. This way, kids eat veggies and other healthy foods without tantrums.
The actress says that she and her husband have a rule that everyone has to eat at least two bites of vegetables to make sure kids don’t eat pretzels all day. Bell says her daughters know what happens to our bodies when we don’t eat enough vegetables. She is honest with them and it helps make right food choices.
On Body Image
Bell says it’s really important to cultivate positive body image in children. She says children should know their parents love the way they look and they should love themselves as well. And if a mom complains about the way she looks, children will start doing the same.
The actress promotes positive body image. For example, she wakes up, goes to children and says that she feels good today. Even though it feels counterintuitive, she believes it helps promote better body image.
Raising Strong Girls
The actress says you can teach a child to be strong by teaching her to be vulnerable. She believes that woman’s weaknesses can be our strengths, for example our ability for empathy. She helps her children understand the importance of feelings and stresses the priority of mental health. One of her strategies is to tag-team with a husband.
For example, she can tell her husband that she needs some time off from her children. They are very honest about it and honesty helps them stay positive.
On Her Parenting Methods
Bell says she tries different tips from parenting books and thanks Shepard for good ideas. Her husband hasn’t read any books but just has a natural parenting skill. For example, her husband helps their children learn how to resolve conflicts. When the couple has a fight and kids can see it, they make sure kids can also see they apologize to each other.
Even though Bell is a symbol of a perfect mom, she has her fails as well. For example, once her little one woke up very early in the morning and the mom, dad and her elder sister pretended to be asleep. And she doesn’t feel guilty for those 45 minutes of the sleep she got.
Speaking Of the Sloth Video
Bell is famous for her sloth meltdown video, and actress says her daughters haven’t watched it. And she says they don’t even like sloths, they prefer giraffes.
She says her daughter Lincoln became obsessed with giraffes when she first saw them in the zoo. And now her daughter has a baby giraffe named after her.