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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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Ryan Gosling: I think about time more than I used to, my kids are growing up fast

Ryan Gosling just signed on as the new spokesperson for Tag Heuer watches. It’s significant because he has never been a spokesperson for anything else before. I am positive his motivation had everything to do with the money that came with the contract, however he’s taking it seriously. Ryan did a piece for GQ on his role as Tag spokesman. And by that, I mean he gave an entire interview on watches and what motivated him to lend his name to a watch brand. I’m stunned at his dedication and I wasn’t bored. Ryan has a way of elevating a subject simply by taking it seriously. Ryan claimed that what made him consider Tag was two things. The first was the brand’s legacy of reliability and excellence. The second, though, was more personal. Ryan said he’s been thinking about time in general more because of his kids. Since his daughters Esmeralda, seven, and Amada, five, are growing up so fast, he said he always has his eye on the clock.

On why he picked Tag Heuer: It was a pretty easy decision, really. Tag is such an iconic brand. I’ve been a fan for a while. On that technical level, they’ve been innovating and leaders for over 160 years. So that made it easier, too. And then on a personal level, I think about time more than I used to. I have two kids and they’re growing up fast. So I keep my eye on the clock more than I used to… For my first Father’s Day, Eva gave me a watch… The brand doesn’t matter. [Laughs] The symbol was what mattered. It meant, you’re on the clock now.

John Glenn convinced him to go Tag, sort of: It wasn’t until I did this film, First Man, where I started to see them differently, because when I would visit NASA, the term “built like a Swiss watch” was used often in relation to their spacecrafts. It felt like that was the gold standard for design and of mechanical artistry. And I just started to appreciate them in a way that I never did before.

I found out that John Glenn brought a Tag stopwatch on one of the Mercury missions because he didn’t trust any other brand. It was there just in case everything else failed. So it just started to make me look at them beyond the surface level.

He didn’t make sourdough during the pandemic: No, no sourdough. Our kids are young, so it was a tough time for them to be separated from other kids and not being able to see family and whatnot. So, we did our best to entertain them. I think Eva and I did more acting in quarantine than we have in our whole careers.

[From GQ]

There are a few moments in which Ryan’s natural humor comes through. They didn’t make for great pull quotes, unfortunately, but I find his humor so charming, I love watching his interviews. Especially when he starts giggling. Plus, again, I’m impressed with how much thought he gave this. The bit about John Glenn and the Mercury missions was interesting. Learning something like that would influence my purchases too.

As far as watching the clock because of his daughters, it’s an interesting angle. I watch the clock because of my kids. But it’s more to do with schedules and needing to be places or things being due. It’s a neat tie in to the watch sponsorship, though. For whatever reason, a parent does tend to always know what time it is. It could be because the kids must be picked up. Or the parent can’t wait for the kids’ bedtime. Or, they’re screaming at the kids to get their @$$es to the school bus because I’m not driving them! Or, more poignantly, what Ryan said, the time seems to move a little quicker and we want to make sure we remember the moments we have as they’re happening. I’m still convinced that Tag threw enough money at Ryan to get him to say yes. But Ryan almost has me convinced his girls got him to think about time enough that he decided to become a watch spokesman. Damn, he’s good.

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Denise Richards’ daughter Sami says her mom’s house was ‘abusive’

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Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen have two daughters, Sami, 17, and Lola, 16. I can’t believe Sami and Lola are teens. Either I don’t follow the Sheen girls closely or they’ve been pretty good about keeping them out of the spotlight. Sami put herself in the spotlight this week, though, by making some shocking allegations against her mom. According to two TikTok videos she has since made private, Sami claimed Denise’s home was abusive and she felt trapped there. Now living with her father, Sami said she’s had a “spiritual awakening” and dropped out of high school. A source defended Denise by saying she set up normal rules but neither Sami nor Charlie wanted to follow them.

The 17-year-old daughter of exes Denise Richards and Charlie Sheen is alleging she’s moved out of a “hell house,” making claims of an “abusive household.”

In recent viral TikToks captured by the New York Post’s Page Six, Sami Sheen reportedly wrote that just one year ago she was “trapped in an abusive household [and] hated myself,” claiming that she “would go days without eating or sleeping, insanely depressed, hated school, etc….”

“Now,” she then added, according to the outlet, “finally moved out of the hell house, had a spiritual awakening, own 2 cats, happy single, full of self love, and dropped out of high school:)” The posts have since been made private.

“Sam is amazing. I love her and all my children unconditionally. We’re having a ball. GED here we come,” said Charlie via his publicist Jeff Ballard.

A source confirms to PEOPLE that Sami was living with Richards last year. “Denise set normal rules that any parent would be setting,” the source says. “She’s a mom and a parent and there are rules. She didn’t want to follow the rules.”

“Charlie didn’t support implementing Denise’s rules. He has a different way of parenting and Sami decided to live with her dad,” adds the source. “Denise loves her daughter very much and she’s saddened by the situation.”

[From People]

Oof. There are so many possibilities to this one. In 2019, Denise mentioned an “obstinate daughter.” At the time, she declined to name which of her three daughters was challenging her, but this clears that up some. In that story, Denise admitted her kids would call her strict. We assumed that compared to Charlie, any parent would look strict. The question is, are Denise’s rules actually abusive or does Sami just not like them? Sami’s language is distressing, though. Not sleeping or eating because she’s so depressed is a big red flag. Page Six said that in July, Sami accused her mother of trying to kick her out of her home. However, I realize I’m taking the word of a teenager who is angry at their parent. For years we knew Denise as the strong parent who protected her kids against their father’s antics. However, there have been a few cracks in Denise’s foundation of late, mainly with her new husband who claims to be able to regenerate body parts. Maybe he’s adding to the issues at home. And maybe filming the RHOC up until last year made for a toxic environment.

As for Sami living with Charlie, which is implied in his statement, I hope it’s for the best. Charlie has shown growth since his earlier days. When he was in the thick of his addiction, it was a 10-year-old Lola he called “a f***ing pig whore” and threatened to kill her mother. So it doesn’t surprise me that Lola stayed with her mom. It also doesn’t surprise me that Charlie is laxer when it comes to the rules, even with his sobriety. If I had to guess, I’d say the issue was school. Denise touched briefly on her kids getting over involved with social media, particularly given how much their family was in the news. I’ll bet Sami hated school, wanted to drop out and Denise wouldn’t let her. But Charlie did. High school can make anything feel like hell and it would be easy to redirect those feelings on the person making you stay there.

I just hope this all has a happy ending. This was Denise’s post on Sami’s 17th birthday last March:

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Nikki Reed: I work full time, but I don’t have any professional childcare

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Nikki Reed has almost completely dropped out of the acting spotlight to run her farm with husband Ian Somerhalder. In addition to that, she runs her own jewelry line, Bayou with Love. Her stuff is cute. Recently, she partnered with Wondercide who makes essential oil-based pest control products. She’s also a hands-on mom to her four-year-old daughter, Bodhi, and said she enlists no professional childcare at all. Nikki said there’s nothing wrong with having help, she just doesn’t want any. Fortunately, she also said her intuition has never led her astray, so obviously she’s made the right decision.

On being environmental friendly: It’s just a part of our everyday life. She sees that Mommy makes the extra effort… For example, I’m in a place right now where they don’t pick up your recycling. So most people would just combine trash and recycling and say, “I don’t care.” But my daughter knows that every other day Mommy’s gonna load up the recycling into the back of the car and we’re going to drive it to the recycling center because there’s no way I’m not going to do that stuff… I buy water in bulk, in glass, so that’s always a conversation; she knows that we don’t drink out of plastic. She knows that when we go anywhere in the car or travel or do anything, I keep all of our reusable silverware in the center console of the car. If we ever pick up take-out food, she knows that Mommy’s going to bring my own Tupperware to pick it up.

On motherly intuition: I’ve learned a lot about intuition for sure. I’ve always had really solid intuition, but I’ve learned now, since becoming a mom, that I don’t question it at all; I don’t even give it one second of overthinking. If I know something in my gut, I know it and I go with it… You just know in your gut what the right move is for your child, you know?

On finding a life balance: And so I learned to slow down in some ways. Yes, I’m still operating my company and I’m involved in every aspect of the business, from operations to the creative, to web copy, to design photography, all of it. So I’m very involved in my company, and that is totally consuming at times. And then I also sit on the board of a couple of other companies as the strategic marketing adviser and I have a couple of other jobs too. So there’s a lot happening in my world, but … the greatest gift is that I’ve learned that it’s OK to say no to people around me, but also to myself.

On not employing any help: I’m a very hands-on parent. I work full-time, but I also don’t have any professional childcare — not that there’s anything wrong with that at all; I think it’s wonderful if that’s what suits your family. But I really want to be as present as possible with my daughter. I like being there for every bath time and every meal time, so I kind of work around that. I set my alarm and I work really early, from 5 in the morning until 8:30, when she’s up, and then I take a break for her breakfast, and then I go back to work in the in-between times. She has been in preschool and stuff like that, so those are my moments of break and work. And then I work late into the evenings.

[From Yahoo!]

How? How does a person run every aspect of their own company, sit on the board of other companies, and not employ any help with their child? I’m trying to remember preschool hours, do they have full day options? I guess if Nikki’s daughter is out of the house from 9-5 she could run her business during that time. Of course, Nikki specifies she doesn’t have professional childcare, not that she doesn’t employ assistants and housekeepers. If someone else is helping tend to the house and do the shopping and run errands, that would make it doable. I mean, good for her, it just sounds exhausting. But she’s right, she needs to do what she thinks is best. And if sacrificing sleep is what she’s willing to do to forego childcare, then she’s found her system. Can we assume Ian is helping? At one point, Nikki referred to Bodhi as her “first” child. So I guess they’re still planning on more. One thing is clear, Nikki adores being Bodhi’s mom so thank goodness she’s been able to arrange her world around that.

I’m also jealous of her intuition. I don’t know if there was ever a time I didn’t question something I’d decided or done. That must be a wonderful feeling to be so sure of your choices.

This is less important, but I was really curious about Nikki’s Tupperware comments. Will take-out places let you bring your own? It seems like there would be some legalities involved. Maybe it’s places they know the owners or something, farmers tend to be a tight knit community.

*In that top photo, that’s are biodegradable straw. She’s promoting them





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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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Tiffani Thiessen doesn’t allow electronics at the dinner table: ‘not even phones’

Yahoo! started a new parenting series called So Mini Ways . Their latest guest was Tiffani Thiessan. Tiffani is still acting but focuses more on her food and lifestyle brand these days. She also landed a hostess bit on MTV’s Deliciousness, which sounds like the perfect hybrid of her two worlds. Tiffani and husband Brady Smith have two kids, Harper, 11, and Holt, six. Tiffani and Yahoo! are partnering with Nutri-Grain on their Getaway from Negotiation sweepstakes, so most of the questions are about bribing kids to eat right. But I actually found Tiffani’s other answers interesting, like the fact that she’s seen as strict because she doesn’t allow her kids to bring electronics to the dinner table.

Her kids would call her strict: My kids will probably say that we’re strict. We’re strict about electronics; they only get a certain amount of time. In the summer, they get it a little bit longer, but it’s not a lot compared to probably a lot of people. We’re “outside” people. We love getting the kids outside and I think it’s important.

We’re definitely strict about just sitting down as a family and eating. That’s really important, especially when it’s the school year. We’re much more strict about every night sitting home and having dinner together as a family, no electronics, not even our phones. We’re a little looser in the summer, because we’re running around a little bit more depending on work schedules and stuff, and the kids have camp. They’ll have a popsicle when they get home because it’s summer. So I feel like we give a little bit. I think we’re, hopefully, a good balance of strict and fun.

Traveling by RV: My husband and I used to do RV trips a lot before we had children. We always said once we had children, we can’t stop doing these, because it’s really a different and fun way to travel with somebody. We were going to do it last year, but the pandemic hit and so we said that we were going to do it this year. We rented an RV and we traveled for 11 days in the RV. It was hard, but even more than hard, it was so much fun. The kids loved it. We went from the Grand Canyon to Colorado, back to Utah and went into the Zion [National Park]. It was such a high. We said we’re going to try to do an RV trip every year, so we’re already planning next year.

Tips for working moms: Breathe. Definitely a lot of [breathing], a lot of patience, for sure. Being a parent, that’s probably number one, patience. Making sure you have a good support system, wherever you can find that, whether it’s friends, family, husband, wife, whatever. I think that’s truly important, too: It takes a village. It really is not just about one person. It really takes a dance of a lot of people to raise children, hopefully in a good manner [laughs].

[From Yahoo!]

My husband and I said the exact same thing about RV trips, although we’ve never actually done it. We always fantasize about taking Route 66 or Lincoln Highway. One day, I swear. I like Tiffani’s advice to working moms because its realistic. Not that we all remember to follow it, but it isn’t telling us to go out and get expensive spa treatments and take mini self-vacations with time we don’t have. Believe it or not, I need the occasional reminder to breathe.

I was a little surprised by the electronics response, though. Not that Tiffani bans them, but that she felt that was being strict. If someone is eating alone, I understand having a book, phone or device out. But I guess I see the point of coming together for a meal as a chance to hang out. My husband is a notorious food photo taker. We’ve restricted him to one shot before we start eating and then he has to use his phone for our dinner music (using his phone ensures he can’t take any more pics). But we aren’t too strict on electronics time limits when not at the table so maybe the kids are sick of them by then. It’s funny, though, I think every family has a summer vs. school year schedule. My summer starts when I don’t have to make breakfast or pack any lunches!

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Meghan Fox cries a lot because her kids ‘grow up so fast’

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Megan Fox has a new movie out called Till Death. It’s a return to horror for Megan and the trailer looks pretty good. While talking about the film with Jenna Bush Hager and Savannah Guthrie, Megan said she found it “hilarious” as well as scary. I saw Ready or Not recently and enjoyed it so if it’s funny like that, I’m in. During her interview on Today, Megan’s three boys, Noah, Journey and Bodhi, kept sneaking across the background. It was really cute because I think they thought they were actually being sly in their maneuvers. Jenna and Savannah found it a riot and kept pointing out every time one would creep behind Megan. As her little sneaks scampered in the background, Megan got emotional about how fast their childhood is going by. She said she wished she could send them back to toddlerdom every once in a while, because they “grow up so fast.”

Megan Fox has been upstaged by her most adorable costars yet.

The Jennifer’s Body actress, 35, gave a surprise glimpse at her home life on Monday when her kids crashed her Today interview, crawling in and out of frame with very little stealth.

“They just woke up. It’s 7:30 here. So, they woke up a few minutes ago, and it just is what it is,” the proud mom told co-hosts Jenna Bush Hager and Savannah Guthrie. “You always have to make it work.”

“I’m in the house that we’re staying in right now, this is the living room area,” Fox explained. “And they all fell asleep on the couch last night, watching a movie. So, they just woke up.”

“I wish there was a way – I’m sure a lot of moms feel this way – where you could, just every once in a while for a day, put them all back at that 2, 3-year-old period,” she said of her kids.

“It’s hard to watch them grow up so quickly. I actually struggle with that a lot, I cry about it all the time, because they grow up so fast,” Fox admitted. “My phone will send me pictures of them when they were younger, and it’s hard to look at it. It’s painful to love something so much. But I have three boys. They are hilarious. They don’t listen to me at all.”

“I also feel like no matter how engaged you are or how hard you were trying at the time, you always look back, and you’re like, ‘I could have been more present’ or ‘I hope I was grateful for this while I was in that moment, ’cause I’ll never get that moment back,’” she continued, pointing to her kids in the background.

[From People]

Megan’s boys are all under 10. I don’t know that I quite feel the need to send mine back to being toddlers, but I do get pangs of nostalgia when I see the computer photos Megan talked about. Mine come on as a screensaver and occasionally one will hit me in just the right way. But my feelings are closer to what she said later, about worrying that I wasn’t present enough when the kids had that exuberance for life. I don’t know much about Megan, but I feel like if she’s examining herself now with the questions of whether she was present enough, she probably was. Most truly absent parents don’t recognize it until the children have moved out, if at all.

Megan answered a few questions about her relationship with Machine Gun Kelly too. She said being a target for the paparazzi wasn’t “preferable” but “so far so good.” Kelly is a pretty dedicated father to his 11-year-old daughter Casie. Again, I don’t know much about them but if they have parenting as a priority, that’s a pretty good commonality for a couple.

Here’s the clip of Megan on Today:

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