Kristen Bell Covers 'Parents' November 2016
Here’s what the 36-year-old The Good Place star had to share with the mag:
On becoming an adult: “I think you become an official card-carrying adult the day you realize you just have to get over it. Most petty annoyances are a sample math equation: You + someone/something = positive outcome/negative outcome. Since you can’t control anyone else’s actions, you can only affect 50 percent of that equation. But when you relinquish control over the other half, your 50 percent turns into 100 percent and your sum is almost always positive.”
On teaching children how to give: “It helps them to look past boundaries. I don’t want my kids to be restricted by country lines, religious beliefs, or languages. I want them to see the whole of mankind: It makes everything less scary, more accessible. Charity teaches our kids that what we have is not who we are. It’s not about who has a house with a pool, the most toys, or the coolest clothes. Feeling attached to possessions can cause a child to identify and value his or her self-worth based on materialism. My wish is that my kids are able to discern between what’s disposable in life and what’s not.”
On joining Parents for the month: “It’s an especially exciting month to join the editorial team at Parents because that little thing called the presidential election is upon us. Don’t worry, I’m not advising you to explain bipartisan discord to your toddler, but I’ve definitely been thinking about how best to use this moment in time as a teaching opportunity for my girls. The same ideals that we ingrain in our children apply to us adults as we choose our national leader. We encourage kids to listen, to play nicely. We teach them to be accepting and respectful of differences. Above all else, we show them kindness is key. So when you’re explaining to your child why your neighbor doesn’t like the sign in your front yard, it will benefit everyone to approach the conversation through those tenets. After all, despite vast differences, we are, at our core, the very same. We are all skin, bones, and beating hearts. “
For more from Kristen, visit Parents.com.