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Kristen Bell responds to backlash over allowing her kids to drink non-alcoholic beer: 'Not your kid'

Defending her choice, she delved into the emotional significance behind her child's consumption of non-alcoholic beer.

Kristen Bell responds to backlash over allowing her kids to drink non-alcoholic beer: 'Not your kid'
Cover Image Source: Kristen Bell attends the Citizens Of The World Charter Schools Gala at Paramount Studios on May 4, 2023, in Los Angeles, California—Getty Images | Elyse Jankowski

Parenting is a complex and fragile topic. Every parent has their own imperfectly perfect way of doing it. Parenting is not about creating the perfect child but rather bonding with your child while raising them to be good human beings. There are loopholes, there are challenges and through them all, it is love and support that stands over big books and parenting classes. As parents, people are often judged and told they're not doing things right. However, Hollywood star Kristen Bell shared a beautiful and confident perspective on parenting after she was called out for allowing her children to order and have a non-alcoholic beer.

Image Source: Kristen Bell at a Los Angeles premiere on November 16, 2022/ Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images
Image Source: Kristen Bell at a Los Angeles premiere on November 16, 2022—Getty Images | Rodin Eckenroth

She confidently responded to these call-outs with a strong and logical message that every parent needs to hear. She was interviewed on "The Kelly Clarkson Show" and bits of her opinion on the matter were also posted on social media. When asked about the whole matter, she explained the emotional connection her child had to the non-alcoholic beer and said, “Context is important,” she went on to explain, “He’s (husband Dax Shepard) a recovering addict and he likes non-alcoholic beer, so he’d pop one open, he’d have our oldest daughter on his chest and we’d walk and look at the sunset. As a baby, she was pawing at it, and sometimes she’d suck on the rim of it. So I think it feels to her like something special, something daddy, something family.”

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The Disney actress mentioned that it was more of a personal, family thing rather than simply a habit. She said, “We’ve been at restaurants where she’s said, ‘Do you have any non-alcoholic beer?’ and I’m like, ‘Maybe we just keep that for home time.’” What people failed to realize is that there is a story and a context behind the whole idea of non-alcoholic beer. It is not something that is being encouraged but is closely connected to family memory. When asked how she felt about the backlashes, Bell responded, “People are very upset about that. They're allowed to be upset because they're not their kids. It's not your kid, you can think whatever you want.”

Kristen leaves an important message for parents in her statement. Nobody but a parent knows what is best for their own children. People clearly didn’t understand her reasons but she, as a mother, knew that the non-alcoholic beer won’t do harm and will keep alive a unique memory. Scary Mommy mentioned when the actress and her husband interacted in the Armchair Expert Podcast, they had more to add. Her husband and actor Dax Shepard also pitched in to support his wife, saying, “Orange juice has a .5% ABV alcohol by volume. Heineken has a 0.0. If you're serving your kids orange juice, you're serving them way more alcohol. If anyone has a problem that I let my kids drink NA beer sometimes, that's fine with me. I'm not going to change based on what anybody else says because this is our family and not your business.”

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