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Kristen Bell: Parenting is like sports – you’re either winning or losing every minute

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I watched the new Kristen Bell movie Queenpins on Paramount Plus on Monday. The film itself was okay, but the cast was good. I love Kirby Howell-Baptiste and she co-stars, so that was worth it. Everyone was solid but I was surprised at Bebe Rexha. It was a small role, but she was really entertaining in it. It’s based on a true story about a rudderless woman who spent all her money trying to have a baby that she miscarried, then made extreme couponing her coping mechanism and turned it into a less-than-legal business for her and Kirby’s character. Kristen has two children and uses oversharing as her coping mechanism. Fortunately, all her businesses are on the up and up. When it comes to raising kids, Kristen said she doesn’t always get it right. She likened parenting to sports and said she’s, “either winning or losing every minute of the day.”

Kristen Bell is at a point where she has to acknowledge when she’s been bested by her own children.

The 41-year-old The Good Place alum hosts Momsplaining With Kristen Bell, the Daytime Emmy-nominated digital series available weekly on Ellen DeGeneres’ content platform Bubble. As seen in preview footage exclusive to E! News from the Wednesday, Oct. 6 episode, Kristen discussed moments when she and husband Dax Shepard have been outwitted by daughters Lincoln, 8, and Delta, 6.

“Parenting is a lot like sports—you’re either winning or losing every minute of the day,” Kristen quipped in the clip. “Mostly losing, but that’s what makes the winning so sweet, and fleeting. Being a parent is just weird, you know? And it helps to know you’re not alone. I suggest talking to someone—even if no one is there.”

[From E!]

I don’t disagree with Kristen on this. I’m not sure I would use the sports analogy, though. I feel like we’re attorneys arguing the same case. But somehow the kids are the opposing counsel, the judge and jury. Maybe when that’s because mine are teens. Kristen’s girls are still under 10 and there was a lot more running around at that age, so the sports thing works. But the losing part feels the same, regardless. And you never figure out how someone with a fraction of your age and experience bests you – every time. However, what Kristen said about winning is very true. In those moments when you feel like you got it right, it is so, so sweet. And, unfortunately, fleeting, as she said. So savor the moment while you have it.

I think Kristen was kidding about talking to yourself, but I do it all the time. I swear it keeps me sane, even though it makes me look insane. Some emotions need to come out before I address an issue with whoemver has ticked me off. My coffee maker knows how to take it without getting its feelings hurt. So joke or not, that’s actually some of the best advice Kristen has ever given.

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Kristen Bell: my kids ‘smell like vinegar,’ it’s too much work to wash them otherwise

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Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are promoting their show Family Game Fight, which I have heard is terrible and have no desire to watch. They had a 24 minute interview posted on The Today Show’s YouTube channel, and even the affable Al Roker cannot make these people tolerable. I’m so grateful that The Today Show includes transcripts with their videos. I read through it until I got to the part where these two tripled down on not washing their daughters until they smell. You may recall that Dax helped start the “white celebrities don’t bathe” debate by bonding with Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher about their lack of personal hygiene and how they’re passing those bad habits down to their children. Kristen and Dax then said that they don’t wash their children until they smell bad and that they’re not joking about that. They expanded on that with Al. I guess this is their schtick now, although I do not doubt that they’re telling the truth. Here’s that part of the conversation and it’s in the video below, starting at the nine minute mark. They then changed the conversation to shill for their Hello Bello children’s personal care line, including shampoo and soap.

Al: I think people always assume boys smell worse than girls. As the father of two boys and a girl I can tell you that’s not necessarily so. I understand there’s an issue in your house with that.


Kristen: They smell like vinegar. I can’t compare them to boys. I think you’re referring to when we bathe them. It’s a smell test, it’s a foot smell test and then you just pop them in the water. But prior to that it’s too much work. It’s every couple of days.


Dax: Especially in the summer. In summer you loosen up the bedtime you realize ‘we’re watching tv with these kids at 11 p.m.’ This went off the rails and then you’re also you’re just bathing them far less and you’re kind of leaving them in charge of it which they’re bad at it. Then yeah a whiff will hit you and you go ‘oh it’s time yeah in fact it’s probably time yesterday’


Al: Was that the impetus for your line Hello Bello for like soaps and products for kids?


Dax: We live in LA and [had access to high end organic children’s body care products]. At a certain point we’re like huh it’s kind of weird if you live in Michigan where we’re from and you are


middle class you probably can’t have all the stuff we had. We were just in a really weird position where we could approach a Walmart and start with the economy of scale that allowed us to do really premium healthy organic stuff for half the price of the other stuff.

[From The Today Show on YouTube]

Kristen did say she bathes her children “every couple of days,” but that’s doubtful given how they’re elaborating on how much they smell and how much trouble it is to bathe them. That’s a terrible way to promote their products! “We don’t wash our own kids, but we do buy expensive organic stuff for them and want other people to be able to afford that.” Buy some J&J baby shampoo and a bar of Dove or Ivory. Those products are affordable and safe for babies and children. I didn’t realize that Kristen and Dax have a whole children’s body care line along with diapers and wipes. If it’s not the height of privilege to sell children’s shampoo and body wash while bragging that you rarely wash your kids, I don’t know what is.

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Kristen Bell & Dax Shepard really don’t bathe their kids until they stink, it’s not a joke

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Last week, Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell said on The View that they don’t bathe their children until they start to smell bad. Some of you thought that Kristen and Dax were joking and were just trying to back up Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher, who said on Dax’s podcast that they don’t wash themselves or their kids much. Mila and Ashton started this whole “I don’t bathe/I don’t need to” white celebrity trend, in case you forgot. (I hope it peaked with Jake Gyllenhaal, but we’ll see.) Dax also said during that interview that he doesn’t use soap much, even when he occasionally showers. In a new interview with Daily Blast Live (via People) Kristen and Bell said it’s really not a joke that they wait until their kids stink. Kristen added that it’s better for the environment and that she’ll try to save water by showering with her girls, which is nice but I doubt that’s their primary reason for not bathing.

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard… who share daughters Lincoln, 8, and Delta, 6½ — made headlines recently when they revealed they bathed their kids less frequently as they got older, Bell even saying on The View last week that she’s “a big fan of waiting for the stink.”

On Monday, the pair further explained their philosophy, making it clear they weren’t joking around.

“It’s not so much of a joke that I wait for the stink,” Bell, 41, said during an interview with Daily Blast Live. “That tells you when they need to bathe.”

Shepard, 46, chimed in, adding that they didn’t always approach their kids’ hygiene that way.

“We had said, we did bathe them religiously for the first few years when the bedtime routine was so vital,” he said. “Once that wasn’t required to get them to go to sleep, yeah, we took our foot off the gas.”

“I’ll just say, for America, Kristen has better hygiene than me,” he said. “So I think in general, because Kristen wears makeup more often than I do, she has to take it off.”

“I’m not in that stuff that often, so I only have to when either a smell is present or I’m in that stuff,” Shepard added of his own bathing habits, later admitting that they “could be better.”

Bell then pointed out that there is also an environmental reason not to bathe every day.

“This is the other thing — is California has been in a drought for ever,” [Kristen] said. “… it’s just like, responsibility for your environment. We don’t have a ton of water, so when I shower, I’ll grab the girls and push them in there with me so we all use the same shower water.”

Last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom asked Californians to cut their water usage by 15 percent as the drought worsens. An easy way to reduce water usage is to take shorter showers.

“I don’t know, it just happens whenever it happens, I guess,” the actress added.

[From People]

Yes California is in a drought. These people have a vanity-painted tour bus in their driveway and multiple vehicles. They are so rich they could easily have a system installed where their gray waste water from showering was recycled to use for their toilet. They don’t need to flush every time they pee, that’s not gross, and they didn’t mention that. Plus their showers would be quicker and more effective if they used soap, right? This is not about environmentalism it’s about being too lazy and entitled to wash. Kristen and Dax think they don’t stink. They have several dogs who sleep with them in bed, judging by their Instagram posts. Dax is on testosterone and is working out all the time too! No wonder they’re not having sex much. Can you imagine?

Also, like so many other stories they’ve told, this is unfair to their daughters. Yes we don’t know what they look like, but we know their parents let them drink O’Douls although they’re in primary school, we know when they got pinworms and we know how long they wet the bed. All of this is public record now, including their parents very lax hygiene habits.

Here’s that segment from the interview:


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Kristen Bell says she doesn’t bathe her children until they smell bad

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Not sure why Bathing Confessionals are in vogue right now, but I’ll be happy when that topic of conversation goes away. After Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher felt compelled to share their views on personal hygiene, it seems like everyone wants in on the polarizing topic. Unfortunately, these hip celebs aren’t just putting their own take on dirt under the scope, they’re subjecting their kids to scrutiny as well. The latest famous parents offering their children’s bathing up for the public discourse are the most famous oversharers out there, Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell. While calling into The View to promote their new game show, Family Game Fight, they also admitted their kids don’t go under the tap until they stink.

After the internet went wild over Mila Kunis, 37, and Ashton Kutcher’s, 43, lax bathing policy with their kids, Dax Shepard, 46, and Kristen Bell, 41, confessed that they have also let their kids go a few days without bathing. The pair discussed how sometimes their kids take control of their own bedtime routines during a Tuesday August 3 episode of The View. With the kids acting more independently, Dax and Kristen said sometimes they lose track of whether or not the kids bathed.

During Tuesday’s View, Meghan McCain said that the podcast made her think she might be bathing her kids too much and asked if Dax and Kristen took on the same habits with their little ones Delta, 6, and Lincoln, 8. Dax said that sometimes it just slips their mind. “We bathe our children every single night. Prior to bed, it’s like the routine, and then somehow, they just started going to sleep on their own without the routine, and by George, we had to start saying, ‘Hey, when’s the last time you bathed them?’” he explained, as his wife chimed in that they “forget.”

Dax continued and said there might be something to the the letting their kids go days without bathing. “They don’t smell,” he said. Kristen hopped in to explain that they usually gauge whether or not it’s bath time in a slightly different way than the That ’70s Show stars. “I’m a big fan of waiting for the stink. Once we catch a whiff, that’s biology’s way of letting you know you need to clean it up. There’s a red flag. Honestly, it’s just bacteria. Once you get the bacteria, you gotta be like, ‘Get in the tub or the shower.’ So I don’t hate what they’re doing,” The Good Place actress said.

[From Hollywood Life]

To be fair, Dax and Kristen were asked and did not, for once, offer up information without prompting. I feel like Dax thought he needed to defend Mila and Ashton more than anything. At the same time, he was pretty ready to maintain their kids were regularly cleansed. Kristen kind of plowed ahead. Maybe she wanted the laugh or maybe she’s read some new bacteria theory. Not sure what her “smell” enthusiasm is about.

However, if I’m being fair, I remember a time when bathing got a little away from us as well. It was exactly as Dax described it: bath night had been a regular part of our routine. As the kids got older, the routine changed and bath night became something we didn’t have to supervise so closely. So did bedtime, when they could manage a few stories on their own and we only had to handle the last one. The option to zone out on the couch led to memory loss on certain things. The kids never went long, though, because it doesn’t take long for a kid to smell or show dirt. However, we saw the issue and had to assign bath night, regardless of how tempting it was to skip yet another task at the end of a very long day. And my advice – stick to that schedule while you can because when they become teens, they will stink all the time. A regular shower routine will be their – and your – best friend.

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Kristen Bell: If you live with someone ‘you will find that person annoying’

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Kristen Bell was on Ellen’s show, with Chelsea Handler hosting, to promote her “Happy Dance” CBD line. Kristen’s segment airs today and I’m not going to pretend like I’ve watched all of it. I’m just going by the four minute preview clip on E!’s site, which was plenty for me. There’s only so much Kristen I can take. Of course Kristen talked about how much she and her husband, Dax Shepard, annoy each other as that’s a talking point for both of them. Dax just told a story on Kimmel about how Kristen always gets more attention than he does. On Ellen, Kristen said that their therapist told them to do separate sessions from their usual couples therapy so they could “talk sh-t about each other.” Supposedly that worked for them. Here’s some of what she said:

On how she makes it work with Dax


At the beginning of the pandemic we were at each other’s throats, like we had to stay inside, and we were like, ‘Woof, we need to get a handle on the annoyances.’ And our therapist, Harry… suggested since we were both so annoyed with each other… because the reality is, if you are living with one human being, I don’t care if it’s your partner or your husband or your wife or your roommate, you need to brush up on your toolbox because you will find that person annoying. Relationships take work. He suggested we go to therapy separately so that we could talk sh-t about each other. And we did and it’s been great.

Every two weeks or so, I’ll see Harry via Zoom and complain about Dax. Then he’ll give me all the reasons why I’m wrong, and then Dax will do the same. Then, by the time we meet up in the evening, we love each other again because our toolboxes are bigger. When you have a third party moderating any disagreement it’s always a safer place. Because when two people are talking, defense mechanisms and cortisol and all that stuff it just messes up the situation.

[From video on E! Online

Read that last sentence. She’s saying they still have trouble discussing things after about 14 years together. They’ve admitted they have spent multiple days not talking to each other despite living together and having kids. It doesn’t sound healthy, but at least their therapist helps. I think the therapist realized that these two weren’t able to be in the same room together and discuss their issues so that’s why he split them up. Plus now he can charge for two sessions.

As for the quote in the title, about people getting annoyed with each other when they’re living together, it’s somewhat true. I think it’s just a matter of degrees. I’ve never gone a full day without talking to someone I live with.

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Dax Shepard complains about Kristen Bell getting more attention than he does



Dax Shepard and his podcast co-producer, Monica Padman, were on Jimmy Kimmel Live in person last week. I was interested in learning more about their interview with Prince Harry. Except for saying how hot and down-to-earth Harry was in person, they didn’t give much new information. They thought it was hilarious that they showed Harry the calendar of male body parts that Monica made for Dax, which was the cringiest part of the interview in my opinion.

For the first part of the interview, Dax was on with Jimmy solo. He talked about his 25 pound weight gain, which is something he decided to do as he’s always wanted to be in a Marvel movie. He hasn’t landed a part or anything, it was just a goal of his to get big. He said he wanted to be Elastic Man, which Jimmy pointed out is a DC character. After that Dax went on an extended rant about how his wife of eight years, Kristen Bell, always gets more attention than he does. It was supposed to be a bit but it came across as somewhat bitter. Here’s more, and I’m including some of what Monica said too.

Dax on how Kristen is more successful and famous than him


Dax: My wife is more successful than me. So the pattern of our life, this has happened numerous times, I find out that I was a Jeopardy clue and she goes ‘oh yeah isn’t it fun?’ I realized, not only you already did it but it wasn’t exciting enough to tell me so now I feel stupid.

Another classic one is I have 16 years of sobriety, which I lost, let’s not get into that. I posted something about it, no one gave a sh-t because they shouldn’t. Then my wife wrote this beautiful thing about congratulating me. That became a whole new cycle. America was celebrating Kristen for being so kind to me on my anniversary. I was like ‘did you get 16 years today?’

I thought that I finally had her. I go ‘on Friday Obama is going to read a question I asked him, he’s going to talk about me a little bit.’ She for the first time ever was like ‘wow, that’s amazing, I’m jealous.’ Cut to Friday, can’t wait for Obama to read my question and answer it. [Obama went on about how much his whole family loves The Good Place and Kristen]. So I got to interview him after that, he’s going to be our first guest on Spotify.

Monica on Prince Harry


Monica: He was so normal, I was so blown away. He was already handsome and then adding his normalcy to it, full tingles.

Dax on talking to Prince Harry about his body


Dax: This is the best part of the interview. When I started talking about [Prince Harry’s] body, Monica is like ‘Dax is obsessed with male bodies, I make him this calendar.’ Monica got this [calendar] out. [shows calendar].

Monica on whether she’s the ‘third wheel in Dax and Kristen’s tricycle of love’


Monica: Absolutely, we’re in a threeway marriage. We refer to it.

‘You don’t mean that in a sexual way?’


Dax: Unfortunately not, it’s all the responsibilities of two wives and none of the sex.


Monica: yet

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Monica: I told everyone yeah.


Dax: We say we want her to find love and our marriage would fall apart without her. She came and lived with us in quarantine.


Monica: It hit critical mass a month in because Kristen ‘got covid’ and was quarantining. At the same time Dax broke his hand, couldn’t make food, couldn’t help with anything. Then I was there, like ‘I have to take care of all these children while they’re on vacation. OK bye.’ I left. Like many marriages in quarantine ours ended in divorce.

[From Jimmy Kimmel Live on YouTube]

Last summer when Dax was struggling with addiction, before he opened up about it and kicked opiates again, he said in an interview about Kristen that “America’s sweetheart has some character defects.” It just came across as nasty. Plus these two have admitted that they’ve gone days without talking to each other – multiple times. I think this is their dynamic and that they’re going to stay together, but it doesn’t sound healthy! It seems like Dax has a major chip on his shoulder and finds it emasculating that Kristen gets more attention and accolades.

Also, I hope that Monica is able to break out on her own someday. It sounds like she’s enforcing her boundaries at least. Plus she has her own podcast now.

Here’s that interview:


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Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis & Kathryn Hahn Are Worried About Kanye West

It’s good to see celebrities coming together for important causes and using their star power to really support those in need. That’s certainly what Kathryn Hahn, Mila Kunis, and Kristen Bell did this week when the ladies — who are working together on a movie called Bad Moms — came together to hold a vigil for Kanye West, who’s clearly in the midst of some pretty hard times. Kristen posted the photo to her Twitter page last weekend (yes, we were sleeping on it!) with the hashtag #prayforkanye. Yes, girl. We all need to.

I’m sorta torn here since this is hilarious, but also kind of tasteless given that Kanye is having some serious mental breakdown, which is becoming clearer by the day. Of course, when this photo was posted, we hadn’t yet heard the SNL meltdown which kinda solidified to the world the idea that he needs some real help. I’m going to give them the benefit of the doubt on this one because I can.

In other news, I’m interested to see what this movie is all about. The three of them are intermittently brilliant, so coming together for what I assume is a comedy film could either be disastrous or totally genius. I’m going to cross my fingers that this is the latter.