According to Kristen Bell, she has told her young girls that their father is an addict.
Bell, a 43-year-old actress, is best known for her work on the television series Veronica Mars. Most recently, she appeared on The Good Place.
Dax Shepard, a fellow actor who has acted in movies like CHiPs and Hit and Run, is married to the Frozen actress.
He’s been quite open over the years about his drug and alcohol addiction and how he’s hit rock bottom “multiple” times
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Watch Kristen Bell discuss her parenting style below…
Although many parents would hide this from their kids, Bell and Shepard are glad to raise their two girls, Delta, 8, and Lincoln, 9, in a unique way.
Bell shares that she and her husband think being honest is essential to having a good relationship with their children in the first-ever celebrity cover issue of REAL SIMPLE’s Game Changers.
She tells the publication: “I hate the word ‘taboo’. I think it should be stricken from the dictionary.
“There should be no topic that’s off the table for people to talk about.”
Bell continues by acknowledging that her manner may come across as alarming to some, saying, “I know it’s shocking, but I talk to my kids about drugs, and the fact that their daddy is an addict and he’s in recovery, and we talk about s**.
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“There are all these ‘hard topics’ that don’t have to be if you give the person on the other end your vulnerability and a little bit of credit.”
In other parts of the conversation, Bell asserts that she and Shepard think it’s crucial to teach their daughters life lessons.
“Making amends and apologising is an important thing in our family because humans leave carnage wherever they go,” she continues.
“I really respect when someone does something wrong or hurtful and they apologise. I’m like, ‘Yeah, right on’. That’s important.”
Several people are admiring Bell and Shepard on social media for their honest and upfront parenting style.
Over on TikTok, one fan writes: “I’m convinced her and Dax are the best parents on Earth.
“Their love and transparency are what I craved as a child.”
Another person gushes: “Yep he relapsed, but their honesty is what’s going to help him keep being sober again!”
“Being honest about this stuff with your kids, even at a young age, can really set them up for success, and allows them to not be peer pressured later,” comments a third person.
Although not everyone supports this parenting approach, some believe that being honest with your children is OK as long as you are also being “age-appropriate.”
Disagreeing with Bell, one person writes: “Mmmm kids don’t need to know everything and this was one of those things lol.”
In agreement, another adds: “I don’t mind telling my kids stuff, just at an age-appropriate time.”