StartracksWhether you've loved this star from her Veronica Mars days or became enchanted with her while watching Frozen with your kids, there's no denying Kristen Bell is one celebrity mama who'd make a super-cool BFF. CafeMom had a chance to sit down with the mom of daughters Lincoln, 4, and Delta, 2, and chat with her about the joys and challenges of motherhood.
The super-busy Bell will reprise her role in the good-moms-who-try-to-go-bad comedy Bad Moms 2 (due out in November). As funny as the first film was, it touched on a sore subject for many -- moms judging other moms. We had a chance to ask Kristen how closely this subject matter hit home, along with some other universal mom questions.
1. Have you ever experienced mom-shaming in real life?
"I haven't, but I'm not positive that it's never been done to me because I really, really try hard to live by the Eleanor Roosevelt quote that 'no one can make you feel inferior without your consent.' And I wish I could whisper that into the ear of every mom ever. 'No one can make you feel inferior without your consent!'
"So if someone is shaming you, you are allowing them to do it. Do not just blame it on them. Take responsibility and go like ... 'No, I feel confident with what I'm doing. No, thank you for that advice.' That's a choice. That's a way -- perhaps the optimal way -- to handle a situation. I just think you cannot look for external self-esteem. You have to look internally. If you're confident with what you're doing even if that's some weird, bizarre parenting technique that you know works for your kid or you feel happy about, do it! Don't let anyone tell you you shouldn't be doing that."
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While the first film, which also stars Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn, looked at the all-encompassing demands of the school system (and a hilariously intimidating PTO), the sequel will focus on the stressors that go hand-in-hand with the holiday season.
So we also asked Kristen, who is notoriously private when it comes to her kids, to share a little bit about getting through those every-day-of-the-year less-than-perfect parenting moments.
2. What is one piece of advice for moms on their worst days?
"Be patient with yourself. Put on your gas mask first, because you're useless to everyone else if you're too stressed out. Know when to take a break."
The actress said she and actor/writer hubby Dax Shepard tag team each other, and when one of them needs to step out of the room, they call in the other to take over.
3. What would you say is the best part of being a mom?
"It right-sizes all your problems."
4. Breastfeeding, yay or nay?
"It's boobs. It's another part of your body that has skin. Boobs don't provide the shock and awe to me that they do for some people. It's comical that people are against feeding in public. Like, 'Are you against feeding children?' It's not even an issue, or the fact that it is an issue is comical to me. If you're aroused by that, I think it's safe to say that's your problem and not mine. If it makes you uncomfortable, it's your responsibility to move away, not mine to cover up.
"I don't care where I'm breastfeeding. It never crossed my mind. What crossed my mind is 'was my child hungry?'"
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5. What is the one thing you wish motherhood didn't include?
"Super-early mornings. I'll gladly take puke on my shirt or any amount of intestinal issues over those early wake-up calls."
Kristen joked that she and Shepard darken their daughters' windows with tin foil and painters' tape to keep the girls snoozing as late into the morning as possible.
Still, stating that you'd willingly be covered in bodily fluids rather than get out of bed early makes sense considering the actress's laundry game is strong! She recently joined forces with Tide Purclean (a 65 percent plant-based detergent that has the exact same cleaning power of regular Tide) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to help convert as many homes as possible to energy-saving laundry habits.
Kristen offered us her tips for doing laundry as sustainably as possible. She recommends washing your fabrics in cold water, which, according to Tide, if done for one year, saves enough energy to power your phone for a lifetime. Pretty significant! Using a high-efficiency washer also boasts eco-friendly benefits, as it uses three times less water than other models and delivers a 65 percent savings in energy.
Those interested in taking Tide's #CleanPledge along with Kristen can visit Tide.com or tweet #CleanPledge, and for every pledge, Tide Purclean will donate $5 to support WWF's global conservation efforts. The initiative launched March 22, exactly one month ahead of Earth Day.
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Sounds like the Bad Mom has some pretty great -- and relatable -- thoughts when it comes to motherhood and sustainability.
To see more of Kristen, watch our live chat with her.