Kristen Bell: “I Tell My Kids The World Is Our Extended Family”

Kristen Bell for Parents Magazine 10/7/16 Ari Michelson

Bad Moms star Kristen Bell covers the November issue of Parents and opens up about family life with husband, Parenthood star Dax Shepard, and their two daughters: Lincoln, 3½, and Delta, nearly 2.

On teaching her daughters to be charitable: “The way I see it, we are all on Team Human, and I tell my kids that the world is just our extended family. When I bring my girls along with me to volunteer and try to teach them to share toys with each other, I want them to learn that it’s not just about sharing stuff, it’s the sharing of experiences. I don’t want my kids to be afraid to part with their things, as they’re just that — things.”

On teaching her daughters about what matters in life: “My wish is that my kids are able to discern between what’s disposable in life and what’s not. Material items can go, but acts of kindness, love and giving must stay. Those are the true things that make us who we are.”

On their “one in, one out” rule: “The mom said her daughter had a toy giraffe at home and since she was learning the concept of giving, she’d like to give it to my daughter. We exchanged addresses and the following week we got this little stuffed giraffe in the mail. Now we have a ‘one in, one out’ rule. If we bring home a new puzzle, my toddler had to give an old one away, and she’s pretty good at this, despite how young she is.”

For more from Kristen, go to Parents

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