Real talk: I rarely ever take my kids grocery shopping with me, because they’re such a handful. And honestly, if I can’t even pee alone then I better be able to cross-check unit prices alone. That’s where my husband comes in; he takes our wild brood of three for a couple of hours at a time so that I can get all the weekly shopping and errands done, and it’s feels like a small miracle each and every time.
But it doesn’t just come down to the weekly grocery shopping and errand-running. Parenting is basically a team sport in our house, because if it were any other way, we’d both lose our damn minds. And you know who knows EXACTLY what I’m talking about? The amazing Kristen Bell, who is once again showing the world that she is basically all of us.
In a recent interview with Us Weekly, Bell admitted that even she has a limit for how much toddler time she can handle. And her secret weapon looks a whole lot like mine.
“We tag team,” she admitted, referring to her husband of four years, Dax Shepard. “We switch kids all the time. If I’m talking to the 2½-year-old and I’m done, I’ll just be like, ‘We’ve got to switch. I don’t want to talk to this kid anymore.'”
While that may sound a bit harsh at first read, let’s be honest: It’s the absolute TRUTH, and the only way to survive if you’re living with toddlers. The hardest part about raising small children is that like it or not, you’ve really gotta be “on” 24-7 — totally focused on their needs and seldom your own. Couple that constant exertion of energy (which is already Herculean) with the never-ending tantrums and questions that come from a child — plus the frustration that occurs when, oh, say your 5-year-old approximately THREE WEEKS to put on a pair of shoes, and you know precisely why Bell needs to tap out every now and again.
But take heart, because she really knows what she is doing here.
“It’s not about perfection but it is about being thoughtful and not reactive,” she told Us Weekly. “So in order to not be reactive, we switch kids a lot.”
Bell’s down-to-earth take on parenting 4-year-old Lincoln and 2½-year-old Delta with her adorable husband Dax Shepard never fails to make me nod along in agreement. Like just last week, when she posted a straight-up hilarious (and super relatable) image of her trashed living room floor on Instagram.
“This is a picture of both the floor of my house and the interior of my brain,” the Bad Moms star wrote. (And hot damn if I didn’t snort laugh uncontrollably.)
Modern parenting is rife with booby traps of stress and mile-long lists of things that were supposed to have been done yesterday. And on top of all of that, parents — and in particular, mothers — are expected to remain calm, cool, and collected the whole way through. I love that Bell uses her celebrity status to highlight her own version of imperfect parenting, because I not only relate to it, but it makes me fully appreciate that I’m not the only one who looks her husband square in the eye at the end of a long day and says, “PLEASE GET THIS KID AWAY FROM ME.”