As if Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard couldn't be any more eligible for the Cutest Parents in Hollywood award, now, Kristen is opening up about how thankful she is to have Dax by her side while raising their daughters Lincoln, 4, and Delta, 2. Chatting with Us Weekly at an event held by the Alliance of Moms (AOM) -- an organizing supporting young parents and their children, while aiming to combat the intergenerational effects of foster care -- this past weekend, the mom of two shared, "We tag team. We switch kids all the time. If I’m talking to the 2-and-a-half-year-old, and I’m done, I’ll just be like, ‘We’ve got to switch. I don’t want to talk to this kid anymore.’ It’s not about perfection, but it is about being thoughtful and not reactive. So, in order to not be reactive, we switch kids a lot.”
Kristen, who's been with Dax for 9 years, then addressed the idea that there's some magical "trick" to making a long-term relationship work -- especially when you have LOs. “There’s no trick...other than having really good communication with your partner and being able to say, ‘I’m reaching capacity. So I need to go take a hike today,’ or ‘I need to have lunch with a girlfriend,” she shared.
In addition to prioritizing communication, Kristen emphasized the importance of getting enough sleep -- which is super-challenging and sets her up to be a bit hair-trigger, she admits. “I think that fuels everything,” she revealed. “If I had a full night’s rest, I would be more patient.”
Kristen went on to reveal that when she's aggravated by her daughters' behavior, she does a bit of self-talk. “It feels awful when your kids ruin your house," she noted. "It feels really, really awful. In those moments I go, ‘Am I going to like myself more after calming cleaning this up and making them help me? Or am I going to like myself more after I blow at them because they dumped — or accidentally dumped — a big bucket of beads? Which outcome am I going to be happier with?’”
Gotta love the actress for her real talk and pretty amazing words of wisdom. Just about every mom can use the reminder that it's OK to ask for help -- and it's completely normal to risk losing your cool! But ultimately, like Kristen Bell, you've got this.