It’s no secret that we at SheKnows stan Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard. Aside from being always-honest, smart, nerdy-yet-still-super-chic #parentgoals, really who wouldn’t want to hang out with Crosby from Parenthood and his wife, who happens to be the real-life Gossip Girl? (Yes, I know she’s some Frozen voice too, I just only care about Gossip Girl, sorry). I would. I would want to hang with them, that’s for sure.
Plus, I was especially excited to bombard Bell with questions because she, after all, is my Celebrity Birthday Twin™ — we were both born on July 18, which according to the internet, or at least Trustedpsychicmediums.com, which sounds extremely legit, “It’s not uncommon for people born on July 18 to believe they are some sort of creative genius.” Sounds about right.
Lucky for Bell, she doesn’t just have to believe it; she is a creative genius, obv, even though she keeps it pretty well-hidden from her kids. And lucky for me, because I got to chat with my birthday-twin genius herself as well as her fellow-genius husband Shepard, to pose the burning questions that we at SheKnows have been dying to ask our dear KrisDax (K-Shep? I’m not good at this) for quite some time. Get ready.
SheKnows: We’ve heard you guys host some epic slumber parties. What’s your secret to a successful sleepover?
Kristen Bell: Acceptance mode + morning pancakes = a successful sleepover.
SK: Can’t go wrong with pancakes. Kristen, what were your pregnancy cravings? And Dax, were you sent on any late-night emergency runs for them?
Dax Shepard: I’d say the weirdest pregnancy urge that Kristen had was the time we were meeting at one of our favorite restaurants, and she called to say “order me the bison meatloaf sandwich. Delta wants a bison meatloaf sandwich.” She, up until that point, had been a vegetarian for 28 years.
SK: Impressive! Any healthy-eating hacks for battling the dreaded child species: The Picky Eater?!
KB: It’s so hard! Though I can’t really blame them. It’s hard enough for adults to eat healthy, let alone little rugrats with underdeveloped frontal lobes. What we try to do is give them options, so they understand what it feels like to have control over their decisions. We also want to be honest with our kids so they can understand why the right food is so important; it provides the building blocks for our bodies and brains and has a huge impact on the environment. That’s why we try to have colorful plates at home, full of plant-based protein options like the Lightlife burger that pass the “kid taste test.”
SK: What’s the funniest thing your kids have done lately?
KB: They love pranks. One time they set a trail of wet wipes from the living room to their bedroom that they sold to me as “stepping stones.” And when I walked on them, they had put a dollop of toothpaste on each wipe. It was a pretty good prank, I have to say. They also had an elaborate scheme to glue Dax’s butt cheeks together without him knowing. So far, they have not been able to execute that one. But I have faith that they will.
SK: That is amazing. I have all the faith in the world. What’s been your most embarrassing parenting moment (so far, glued butt cheeks TBD)?
KB: Anytime I see my child yell at another kid or treat them less than 100%, I feel so embarrassed. Turns out they are human too and make mistakes just like all of us. We think of our kids as an extension of ourselves, and it’s important to remember they are their own beings with their own motivations and their own intentions. And it’s not really fair to be embarrassed on their behalf. Nonetheless, I sometimes find myself in that position and always want to step in. Though every time I’ve intervened, I’ve regretted it because I’ve robbed them of the experience of seeing the full impact of their actions. Feeling shame for hurting another person can be a powerful lesson and when I step in, I stop that process. So I try to let those interactions play out from A to Z without my involvement.
SK: How do you decide when/how much of your kids to share on social media?
DS: It’s a hard balance, because the kids are our central focal point in our lives and we get so much joy out of them. It’s always the first thing we want to share with others in hopes to spread that joy. But we also don’t want to make decisions about their level of exposure to the world. That’s theirs to make. So, we try to balance it by incorporating them without giving away too much of their identity. We also believe there is no judgement on how anyone chooses to navigate social media — it is uncharted territory for all of us and everyone has the right to make their own decisions on the role it plays in their lives.
SK: Inquiring minds must know: Will you ever have a pet sloth at your home Y/N
KB: As much as I’d love to wake up next to a slow-moving fur ball, I would never own one. I don’t believe in the exotic animal trade. The sloth that came to my birthday party was a rescue from a rehabilitation center.
SK: Any big Halloween costume plans? We know your daughters favor a certain Elsa costume…
KB: Some ideas have been tossed around, but we haven’t decided on anything yet. The pattern seems to be that we all devise an elaborate family themed costume, we spend a month putting it all together, and then the day of, Delta decides she wants to be a pumpkin and demands Daddy dress like a pumpkin as well. So, Dax and Delta have been matching pumpkins for the past three years. I have a feeling the trend will continue.