'When they're fighting, I look at them, and I say, you're going to get nothing accomplished,' the star shared.
Raising kids to be successful is what every parent strives for. But actor Kristen Bell wants to focus more on instilling the right values in her two daughters. Speaking to TODAY, Bell shared that she wants her kids to own the "nice girl" label and explained why she considers it important. "I know there's a lot of parenting books (that say), 'maybe don't tell them they're smart, congratulate the hard work,' because words are kind of important to kids," the "Frozen" actor said. "But a kind girl, a nice girl is a label that I wanted them to own, and I want them to live the rest of their life as."
Bell has two children, Lincoln, 9, and Delta, 7, with her husband Dax Shepard. When they argue, the star said, she tells them that being "mean girls" is not going to help them achieve anything—both in that instance and in the long run. "When they're fighting, I look at them, and I say, you're going to get nothing accomplished," she revealed.
The 42-year-old added that she would do anything to get this message across to her kids, including encouraging them to "gang up" on her. "So sometimes, (one) will be like, 'I think I should have a dessert.' And I'm like, 'No,' and the other one's like, 'I think she should have a dessert, too. We're on a team.' And I'm like, 'Okay, then she's gonna get a dessert,'" Bell said.
Shepard also spoke about his daughters' bond on an episode of "The Endless Honeymoon Podcast," describing their girls' relationship as them "against the world." He shared that the couple decided to have more than one kid to make sure that they keep each other grounded and also have a playmate throughout life.
Bell confirmed the same in her recent interview, saying: "I want to really instill in them, 'You are a team. We made two of you so that there would be someone for you guys when we pass, so you guys are to be the strongest relationship you have on the planet, even if you disagree. You don't have to agree on everything, but you do have to maintain the sense of unconditional love for each other.'"
During an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" last month, Bell shared that both she and her husband have been "very honest" with their kids. "I had never really done any drugs and I wanted to try mushrooms for my 40th birthday. So my husband got them for me and I tried it. And we told our kids about it," the "Veronica Mars" star said, reports E! News.
However, the children later mentioned it to their grandmother, Bell revealed. "I overheard my daughter talking to my mom, to grandma, going, 'So anyway, so mom really wanted to try mushrooms, so," she said. "And I just walked by and I was like, 'Uh-oh, uh-oh, uh-oh.' For some reason, I'm more worried about telling my mom that than telling my daughter."
Despite being young, the girls knew what kind of mushroom their mother was referring to. Bell said, "Their dad is in recovery, so he's really honest about what alcohol does to your body, how it makes you feel funny and impairs things. What drugs do your body and why most drugs are illegal and all that."
Bell added that she enjoys her husband's candor. "He has committed to being very involved in our kids' lives and very involved in our marriage," she said. "He's a real go-getter. I got no complaints."