Pro-Vax Mom Kristen Bell Is an Advocate for All of Our Kids

Kristen Bell

If ever there was a celebrity who feels like a real "mom's mom," it would have to be Kristen Bell. The actress is the perfect mix of children's health advocate and keepin' it real, which makes her an ideal match for our #MomsWhoInspire series. The mother of two (daughters Lincoln, 3, and Delta, 1) has always been a positive girl crush of ours. We admire how she blazes her own trail in Hollywood --  a town full of people notorious for acting like a herd of sheep who will buy into any craze or trend, just because one of their own says it's so.

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Case in point: Kristen admits that when Lincoln was born, she was fully ready to join the anti-vax train. In fact, by the sound of it, she was ready throw on a conductor's hat and yell, "All aboard!" The idea of putting these foreign substances into her baby's body felt wrong, but unlike many other moms who feel the same way, Kristen went out and did her research. And a lot of it.

In 2015 she wrote a lengthy essay for the Huffington Post, sharing all of her homework on the issue and lending her voice to champion vaccinations for our children. It not only proved Kristen is one smart lady (seriously, we can't imagine sifting through all of the studies that she did in order to write the piece), but it also showed that she was willing to look at both sides of an issue and make herself heard for the sake of the health and welfare of not just her children, but everyone's.

Kristen wrote:

Before I started my research, I had no idea what smallpox or polio looked like, and I bet you don't either. Most people aren't aware and therefore aren’t afraid of diseases they’ve never seen -- or sometimes haven’t even heard of. We owe that peace of mind to the scientists who pioneered vaccines. Maurice Hilleman, Edward Jenner, Louis Pasteur -- they aren't household names. They're not celebrities, they don't have PR people, and they don't have enviable Twitter followers. But their discoveries have improved our lives more than Steve Jobs' and Mark Zuckerberg's have. It is the safest time ever to have a child, and only one factor has been more life-saving than vaccines -- clean water.

But Kristen didn't stop with her HuffPo essay; she continues to support the welfare of babies on an international scale, most recently joining the Global Moms Relay campaign in conjunction with UNF and Johnson & Johnson, which raises money for moms and babies all around the world. Through the project, she learned that she has a lot in common with mothers across the planet who told the Global Moms Relay that their main wish for their child is health and safety.

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In an interview with ABC News, Kristen explained:

I tend to favor health and safety first because I think without that, there are just no possibilities for kids. If a child can't receive vaccinations or be safe in his or her community, there are no possibilities for them, and I, for one, really care about the health and safety of our children and work hard to make sure they have health and safety.

And if that isn't enough to cement your love for Kristen, consider also her involvement in the Alliance of Moms organization, an auxiliary group of the Alliance for Children's Rights. Their main focus is to put a stop to the intergenerational cycle of babies born to foster teens through education and empowerment. Fund-raising efforts for the cause have included sales of the following "Like a Mother" T-shirt, which Kristen convinced her husband Dax Shepard to model for Instagram. We heart them both.

Kristen also took a major stand against the paparazzi machine when she personally visited with various entertainment news outlets to request they no longer purchase photos of celebrity children taken without parental consent. The "No Kids" campaign quickly gained steam with support from fellow celebrity parents who were tired of stressing out over the dangers their children are faced with any time they go out in public and are rushed by photographers trying to make a buck in the sleaziest way possible.

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In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, which quickly agreed to Kristen's No Kids terms in regards to photography, she said:

Picture what it would be like walking down the street with your child, whether it's trick or treating or just to school, and have 10 aggressive men taking their picture with a lens in your face, yelling, pushing other children outside of a school.

Of course, she's also a talented and hilarious actress, and we love seeing her on-screen.

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In July we'll see her star alongside Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn in the highly anticipated comedy Bad Moms, in which a group of well-meaning mamas decide they just can't take the "rules" put in place by their parental peers and decide to buck the system.

On set and #prayingforkanye #BADMOMS #MilaKunis #kathrynhahn

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In Kristen's own home she admits life isn't perfect, either, telling Ellen DeGeneres:

It's a circus. It's a circus for sure. I love it. I love them. But, you know what? You know where we could do better? Why does everyone wake up screaming? Like, why don't they tell you that? Like, 'they're going to wake up screaming for, like, four years.' You wake up -- the moment you wake up, you're in, like, a horror movie, because everyone in the house is screaming bloody murder!

Sound familiar?

At the end of the day, what we really appreciate about Kristen and what makes her an inspiring mom (aside from the fact that she has given our kids endless hours of entertainment with repetitive Frozen viewings) is that she's willing to be herself, tell it like it is about motherhood, and have fun.

Keep fighting the good fight, Kristen. Both on a global scale and, quite literally, on your own home front. And, hey, thanks again for that whole Anna-in-Frozen thing. Millions of moms have actually had the opportunity to have at least 10 minutes of peace because of it.

 

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