Kristen Bell reveals the 'controversial' trick she uses to get her 3-year-old to sleep
It seems Kristen Bell can do no wrong. Whether she's speaking candidly about her seemingly perfect relationship with fellow actor, Dax Shepard, or starring in a slew of critically acclaimed television shows, she always authentically Kristen.
The Veronica Mars actress has opened up about parenting - and the realities of it, as opposed to the picture-perfect depictions of motherhood that we see on platforms such as Pinterest and Instagram - revealing that she isn't exempt from the occasional parental faux pas. I mean, she once disclosed on live television that she caught anal worms from her kids. And who can forget this epic Instagram post?
Now, the mother-of-two has spoken frankly about motherhood once more, but this tidbit may be considered "controversial" by many.
In an interview with Parents magazine, Bell disclosed that her 3-year-old daughter, Delta, hasn't been sleeping recently. "Look, I'll get controversial," she began. "My 3-year-old decided to stop sleeping about nine months ago. And every night, when we put her to bed, she turns the lights on, which annoys the 4-year-old, and she will move furniture, and she bangs on the door with different, hard toys."
Sounds like a nightmare, right? Well, Bell had a solution - but it's one that would prove to be contentious with other parents.
"We switched the door knob. We turned the lock on the outside," she asserted;
"I’m sorry, I know that’s controversial, but we lock it when she gets in there, and we stand outside and say, ‘We love you, we will talk to you in the morning, but now, it’s time for sleep.’ And after about 10 minutes, she’ll wind herself down. And then, before we go to bed, obviously, we unlock it."
Of course, the judgemental parents of the internet didn't hesitate to condemn the actress for how she chose to handle the situation. "Would you lock your partner or mother in their rooms? Probably not right? It is time to start treating children with the respect they deserve," one social media user wrote.
However, others didn't see the problem at all - trusting Bell and her husband, Dax, to parent their children as they see fit. "How is this controversial? Also people shouldn't tell people how to parent unless it involves abuse which this is clearly not," another individual stated.
Back in February, and in honour of Valentine's Day, the actress took to Twitter to post a list she wrote for her engaged friends about what keeps her marriage happy and healthy. And it's absolutely wonderful.
"I was writing a note 2 friends who were getting hitched. I wrote congratulations then thought 'Kristen! Aren't u old & married? Don't u have any wisdom to share?!' When i was done, I realised I'd written the A-Z of what keeps my marriage w/@daxshepard1 healthy," Bell captioned the tweet.
"Vulnerability always begets connection and intimacy. Stay vulnerable with each other," she stated.
She continued: "In 10 years, when the dopamine has waned, remember: Life is a crazy ride. It's a privilege to go through it with a partner."
"Take necessary separateness. It will make your marriage better.
"Loving someone despite their faults, failings, or character defects is the most powerful loving you can do.
"Rejoice in what makes the other person happy, and allow them their individual interests.
"Know that everyone is doing the best they can with what they got, so get a bigger emotional toolbox to fix your problems."