EXCLUSIVE: Kristen Bell Jokes She's 'The Boss' on Mother's Day, Says Kids Teach Her to 'Stay In the Moment'
By Jennifer Drysdale
Photo: Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Baby2Baby & Tiny Prints
Kristen Bell is "the boss!"
ET caught up with the 36-year-old actress at the Baby2Baby & Tiny Prints Mother's Day Party in Los Angeles on Saturday, where she opened up about her plans for the holiday, and revealed the valuable lesson her daughters have taught her.
"Other than being the boss that day, no [we don't have any traditions]," Bell joked. "It’s pretty casual. We do a pretty good job of celebrating each other throughout the year, but I will be making all the decisions that day -- what we eat, when we nap, et cetera!"
"[We] usually [stay] home," she added. "We are big fans of locking the doors and playing games, so we will probably stay home."
Bell, who shares 4-year-old Lincoln and 2-year-old Delta with husband Dax Shepard, said she hopes to teach her daughters the value of helping others as they grow up.
"The concept of Baby2Baby is actually a huge one," she said, before describing a moment when a child offered to give her daughter their old toy. "Since that time, I've cultivated a conversation of when you aren't using something -- whether it's a toy or your time -- you can help other people. We often go through our toy drawer once a month and say what we aren't using, because there are children who don't have toys."
"We often talk about the fact that we're very lucky to have dinner on the table every night, and to all be together and to have a roof over our heads, and I feel like as young as they are, my girls actually understand that," she explained.
Bell also said that her young daughters have taught her a few lessons too.
"[They've taught me] to slow down, to stay in the moment," she confessed. "There’s nothing that will make you present like having a child, because ,for me, the lesson I learned when I had my babies [is] it right sized all my problems."
"Nothing spun me out anymore about career or status. All of that stuff evaporated and I was able to be happy, and I’m very aware that’s because I am able to meet all of their basic needs," she continued. "So, I think a lot about if I couldn’t, I would want other mothers to reach out and help be my support system. So, that’s what I’m trying to do here."
Kelly Rowland and Rebecca Gayheart joined Bell at the party, where families from Homeboy Industries were treated to arts and crafts, manicures and hairstyling. Each child went home with a bag of essential items as part of Baby2Baby's mission to provide low-income families with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves.