Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Kristen Bell's Parenting Tips That Every Mom & Dad Should Take To Heart

Ad failed to load

I am not ashamed to admit that I'm a pretty big fan of Kristen Bell. I already loved her when she was just Veronica Mars, spunky private investigator, on the show of the same name. But it seems like she only got more awesome when she became a parent. She's currently starring in the role of mom in her everyday life, raising two kids with her fellow actor husband, Dax Shepard. Over time, Kristen Bell's parenting tips have grown into quite an awesome list that every parent might find useful.

Bell and Shepard have two daughters together: Lincoln, 4, and Delta, age 3, according to People. The parents tied the knot in 2013, but they've been together since 2007, People reported. They were married very quietly, without a lot of fuss, and Bell told People at the time, "we get more than enough attention in our everyday lives. I also wear more than enough party dresses.”

But luckily for fans, Bell doesn't mind a little bit of attention when it comes to their lives as parents. Both Shepard and Bell are willing to talk openly about the struggles they face as a married couple and as parents, and while neither really posts photos of their kids very often on Instagram like some celebrities, they have talked about the experience of parenting on social media in the past.

Ad failed to load

And when it comes to advice for other parents, Bell definitely has a few tips she's more than willing to share. For example, in a video interview with Real Simple, Bell recently shared 5 parenting tips in particular with the women's interest magazine.

The first tip is that she communicates with her kids in minutes — for example, instead of saying "Let me change your diaper," she'll instead give her kid a choice, "How many minutes until I can change your diaper?" Seems simple enough, right?

Ad failed to load

Bell said that honesty is also super important for her. She thinks being honest with her kids is really key, and that's probably good advice for communicating with anyone, not just when it comes to dealing with little humans. She also recommends having a big family calendar with a to-do list, recycling any trash you can use for crafts, and evenly dividing parenting tasks between both individuals.

Bell also said that she and Shepard often use a "tag team" approach when it comes to their kids. She told Us Weekly in November:

Ad failed to load

And plenty of parents probably know that feeling very well. You can love your child to the moon and back, and still need a break from them every now and then.

Ad failed to load

Bell went on to say that the "swapping" kids technique she and Shepard use has a lot to do with not being "reactive" to them. She told Us Weekly:

And of course, the fact that you should always try to set a good example for your little ones is a good piece of parenting advice all by itself.

Ad failed to load
Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Bell also believes that parents need to cut themselves a little slack, and not let their kids' behavior always impact their own self-esteem. She told Babble:

Ad failed to load

Which is actually really important for parents to hear. Mom-shaming is a real thing, and Bell just suggested that you don't have to feel shamed by other people for something your kid is doing. Sometimes kids have tantrums. That's life.

And of course, both Bell and Shepard are known for comedy roles, and Bell feels that you've got to accept the comedic aspects of parenting too. She once told TODAY:

Ad failed to load

So basically, Bell's parenting tips come down to being honest, communicating, cutting yourself some slack, and accepting the fact that when you're a parent, sometimes there's gonna be poop in unexpected places. Seems like some pretty solid advice all around.

Ad failed to load

Check out Romper's new video series, Romper's Doula Diaries:

Ad failed to load

Watch full episodes of Romper's Doula Diaries on Facebook Watch.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

6 Early Signs You're Going To Have A Short Labor, According To Experts

As far as I'm concerned, a short labor is right up there with winning the lottery in terms of lucky life events. (And when I was actually in labor, I would absolutely have traded a bucketful of lottery winnings for a speedier birth.) While some women…
By Kelly Mullen-McWilliams

Kids Will Love These TV Shows & Movies Coming To Netflix In March

You can always count on Netflix to keep it fresh: though there are already so many movies and shows to choose from, every month there's an influx of new content to keep your entire family entertained. As February enters its final weeks, it's time to …
By Megan Walsh

Here Are 10 Ways To Boost Your Baby's Immunity To The Flu

As I'm sure you've read in the thousands upon thousands of articles written about it this winter, the flu is spreading like wildfire and it's bad. Really bad. This strand of flu is the worst we've had in a very long time and it's the most widespread,…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

Khloé Kardashian Asked Twitter About Her Bump, & Moms Totally Delivered

Like her younger sister Kylie Jenner, Khloé Kardashian managed to keep most of her pregnancy a sort-of secret. But unlike Jenner, Kardashian chose to publicly announce her pregnancy several months before the baby's due date. While there's no wrong wa…
By Sophie Hirsh

21 Moms Share The Most Surprising Part About Having A C-Section

Honestly, I don't think we, as a culture, talk about C-sections nearly enough, especially considering so many mothers experience them. And because of a number of factors, the little we do talk about it always seems to be a familiar narrative: "It's n…
By Jamie Kenney

13 Yummy Instant Pot Recipes To Make Under 30 Minutes

An Instant Pot seems to be the must-have appliance in every kitchen these days. If you are anything like me and never knew the beauty of a Instant Pot, you are about to have your life changed. Basically, you put some ingredients into a pot, set the t…
By Kristin Manna

9 Things The First Six Months Of Motherhood Will Teach You About Your Baby

Personally, the first six months of motherhood was a mixed bag. I learned some harsh lessons about myself that made taking care of my baby seem overwhelming. For example, I was clueless, and no amount of research could help me feel like anything but …
By Steph Montgomery

11 Photos You *Must* Take During The Last Days Of Your Pregnancy

During my first pregnancy, I took a photo each week to document my growing belly. I stopped around 36 weeks, though. I hated how I looked in those pictures, and didn't think I'd want to relive those moments. I was wrong. My second pregnancy was a dum…
By Steph Montgomery

6 Red Flags To Definitely Look Out For After Your Baby Falls

The first time my infant son tried to take a few steps, he tumbled and bumped his head on the coffee table. My blood turned to ice in my veins and I froze. There truly isn't anything quite like the feeling a parent gets when their little one gets hur…
By Sarah Bunton

These 9 Instant Pot Recipes Will Make Even The Pickiest Eater Happy At The Table

Like any parent, I've had my share of parenting hits and misses, but one of my favorite "wins" is my daughter's diverse palate. I don't even know if I can take credit for it, but I would like to think I had something to do with her love for lentils, …
By Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Turns Out, Kim Kardashian's Favorite Mom Products Look A Lot Like Your Own Faves

Being a mom is really hard work, especially for the first few months, and Kim Kardashian West is no different in that regard. Now the mother of three, Kardashian says that there are a few products she just can't live without when it comes to raising …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

10 Things No One Tells You About Having A Baby In Your 30s

If you're like me, you evaluate the pros and cons of any major life decision. When my husband and I were considering starting a family, I thought about my career, education, and financial stability. I wanted to know how a pregnancy and childbirth wou…
By Steph Montgomery

Soda Might Hurt Your Fertility, Study Says, & Here's What You Can Do

Who doesn't love sugary drinks? I stopped drinking soda years ago, but I still love gulping down those fancy Starbucks coffee beverages. I don't have a big sweet tooth, but I am a sucker for sugar-sweetened beverages every now-and-then. Turns out, th…
By Annamarya Scaccia

5 Red Flags Your Toddler Isn't Eating Enough

Toddlers are notoriously picky eaters, at least in my experience. You offer mashed potatoes, they want french fries. You give them crackers, they scream for chips. It's frustrating, to be sure, but it's usually their way of vying for independence. It…
By Candace Ganger

35 Moms Share The Most Disgusting Things Their Husbands Do

I'm a human being who revels in challenges. I like when people present me with one, especially if they don't think I can meet or succeed it, and I like taking a challenge on, especially if it's unexpected. So when I aimed to uncover the most disgusti…
By Jamie Kenney

How Having Kids In Your 20s Affects You Later In Life

For parents, like myself, who had kids in their 20s, there are a number of questions that come to mind. When you're deciding what your future will look like, you'll likely consider what this means for your health, career, and more down the line. Thin…
By Tessa Shull

Study: Drinking Two Glasses Of Wine A Day Is Good For Your Mind — Here's Why

There’s more scientific proof that a daily drink or two isn't necessarily a bad thing and could have a place in an overall healthy lifestyle. A new study out of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in New York found that — in mice, at le…
By Tiffany Thomas

Research Says Eating Carbs Can Lead To A Healthy Pregnancy, So Bring On The Pasta

In the world of me, no food is better than bread. I know it's supposed to be pretty terrible for you, high in calories, low in protein, and full of that modern-day demon, gluten... but guys, it's really yummy. Especially warm out of the oven, when th…
By Jen McGuire

These Photos Of Prince George Then & Now Will Give You Serious Baby Fever

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are expecting their third child in Spring 2018. With all of the excitement surrounding the new baby, it's easy to forget all of the good times that have already passed. The couple's eldest is already well into the sc…
By Azure Hall

This Is, Hands Down, The *Grossest* Thing Babies Do Inside The Womb

Your baby's life in the womb may be safe and warm, but it's also kind of grody. Seriously, the whole process of growing into a human being includes more than a few icky moments along the way. But this is the grossest thing babies do inside the womb b…
By Lindsay E. Mack