How Kris­ten Bell tack­les those dif­fi­cult mo­ments


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Rais­ing kids sure isn’t easy – just ask Kris­ten Bell! The star opened up about life or death sit­u­a­tions dur­ing a Septem­ber 28 ap­pear­ance on The Late Show

with Stephen Col­bert, specif­i­cally three-year-old daugh­ter Delta’s tem­per tantrums over sweet treats.

‘If I tell her, like, “OK, that’s a wrap on the candy bar,” or what­ever, she’ll go, “Well, I’m gonna get a gun and kill you and I only like Daddy,” and she’ll just leave the room,’ she shared. ‘I know it sounds re­ally bad that my child threat­ens to kill me, but like, she doesn’t have a gun, so I feel like it’s not a real threat.’

In fact any­thing and ev­ery­thing is up for dis­cus­sion with Kris­ten and her hubby of five years Dax Shep­ard, who

also share a five-year-old daugh­ter, Lin­coln. ‘We talk to our girls very openly and hon­estly,’ Kris­ten says. ‘We de­cided when we had kids that we’d never, sort of, spin a fairy­tale. Even if it’s hard sub­jects.’ That in­cludes se­ri­ous is­sues such as Dax’s 14 years of so­bri­ety. ‘He goes to an Al­co­holics Anony­mous meet­ing ev­ery Tues­day night,’ The Good Place ac­tress, 38, re­veals. ‘Some­times they say, “I want to go to one.” And be­cause he’s a co­me­dian, he says, “Don’t worry, you will!” So we keep it light.’ The cou­ple have also tack­led ques­tions about the birds and bees. ‘We usu­ally have a con­ver­sa­tion about it with each other be­fore­hand to be prepped,’ she says. ‘Like, when they asked about sex, we said, “Well, Mum has a vagina, and Dad has a pe­nis, and there’s sperm, and an ovum, and they con­nect, and it makes a baby.”’ While it’s some­times tempt­ing to give a G-rated ver­sion, Kris­ten in­sists, ‘Kids can tell if you’re ly­ing. They’re smart. We broach ev­ery­thing with thought­ful, age-ap­pro­pri­ate hon­esty.’ But there’s one big ex­cep­tion to their hon­esty pol­icy. Kris­ten ad­mits that she and Dax have some­times fudged the truth when it comes to the kids’ birth dates! ‘If it’s, like, a Wed­nes­day and we can’t cel­e­brate and we’re both work­ing late, then – guess what – your birth­day is on Satur­day,’ she con­fesses. ‘They don’t know.’ Ha!

‘I try to teach my kids that if they see a prob­lem, they can solve it,’ Kris­ten shares There were tears aplenty (espe­cially from Dax!) when Lin­coln started school

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