Kristen Bell Explains Sweet Reason She Lets Her Daughters Drink Non-Alcoholic Beers
Speaking on podcast 'Say Yes! with Carla Hall', the celeb mum admitted she knew she'd likely get a "lot of flack" for her daughters' choice of drink, but added that there was a sentimental reason behind it.
"I'm going to get a lot of flack for this. And let me start by saying I don't care," she said. "You're welcome to tell me I'm a terrible parent. I don't care. I'm a great parent, I think. I'm learning every day".
The Gossip Girl voiceover actress went on to reveal that her daughters were often partial to a non-alcoholic O'Doul's beer, drinking them at home because their dad, Dax Shepard (CHiPS, Hit And Run) buys them, and also sometimes ordering them at restaurants.
But the reason for this is actually pretty sweet.
The girls' dad, Dax, has been sober for over a decade following a struggle with alcohol and substance abuse early in his career, and Kristen says the kids have seen him sipping the non-alcoholic tipple their whole lives.
"When we had our first child and my husband would put her in the BABYBJORN and we'd walk around the neighbourhood, he'd pop a non-alcoholic beer in his hand and the baby would paw at it and put the rim in her mouth," she said.
"It's a sentimental thing for my girls, right? It makes them feel close to their dad."
Revealing its now common for her daughters to have an O'Doul's with their lasagne for dinner, she reasoned: "We're like, 'I mean, there's nothing wrong with it. It's just essentially a bubbly juice.
"Right? There's nothing in it. We also talk to them very much about [Dax's] sobriety and the importance of it and why Daddy can't drink."
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Kristen laughed that her kids even occasionally sipped them in their breaks while taking part in school Zoom lessons.
"They have 15-minute breaks where they're allowed to jump around and grab a snack and wiggle it out. And I walk in to check on them at 9:30 and both of them are drinking an O'Doul's on their Zooms.
"They're both just sipping their Doulies. And I'm like, 'What must these other parents and teachers think of me?'," she said.
"And then I remind myself, 'You don't care, Kristen. They can pretend like you're doing something wrong,'" she defended. "I would argue that I'm not, because it's nonalcoholic."
"If anything," she added, "it opens up the discussion for why Daddy has to drink nonalcoholic beer, because some people lose their privileges with drinking. Drinking's not always safe."
Dax Shepard celebrated his 16th year sober earlier this month, and their daughters made him a 'happy sobriety birthday' card to honour the occasion.
Kristen and Dax started dating in 2007, and married in autumn 2013.
They welcomed eldest daughter Lincoln the same year, and Delta one year later.
Featured Image Credit: Instagram/ Kristen Bell