This Is Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard’s Simple and Hilarious Strategy for Coping With Their Crazy Kids

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If someone were to ask who which celeb couple you’d most want to hang out with, it’d be hard not to immediately yell “KRISTEN BELL AND DAX SHEPARD!” They’ve basically been everyone’s favorite pair since their epic “Africa” music video. Not to mention that time Shepard filmed Bell having her sloth meltdown.

So, yes, they are absolutely couple goals and we can all agree on that. But they’re also totally #parentgoals, because two people this cool have to be great at everything, obviously.

For instance, kiddie meltdowns, back-talk, and messy rooms. Despite the fact that these two live a high-profile life, at home, they’re still just mom and dad.

In a recent interview with US Weekly, Bell opened up about her and Shepard’s parenting tactics. “We tag team. We switch kids all the time,” Bell said regarding her two daughters, Lincoln (4), and Delta (2). 

And take it from Bell, she totally gets that stress. “If I’m talking to the 2-and-a-half-year-old and I’m done, I’ll just be like, ‘We’ve got to switch. I don’t want to talk to this kid anymore.’”

And they realize that it’s not ever going to be perfect, because that’s an unrealistic standard. “It’s not about perfection, but it is about being thoughtful and not reactive. So in order to not be reactive, we switch kids a lot.”

She thinks before she reacts. “It feels awful when your kids ruin your house. It feels really, really awful,” Bell told US Weekly. “In those moments I go, ‘Am I going to like myself more after calming cleaning this up and making them help me?” What she does helps put things in perspective…

Sure, it’d be easier to just freak out and yell and get super stressed about how your children destroyed your home. But Bell finds it’s helpful to just take a moment. “…Am I going to like myself more after I blow up at them because they dumped — or accidentally dumped — a big bucket of beads? Which outcome am I going to be happier with?’”

It doesn’t matter that Bell and Shepard are celebs. They’re just like any other couple figuring out the best way to raise their children in 2017.

Everybody knows that nine years in Hollywood is the equivalent of 100 years in the real world. Not only do Bell and Shepard have to figure out parenting skills, but they also need to figure out their own couple skills.

“There’s no trick  . . .  other than having really good communication with your partner and being able to say, ‘I’m reaching capacity. So I need to go take a hike today,’ or ‘I need to have lunch with a girlfriend.'” Prioritizing your own needs is only going to make you a better partner and a better parent.

Now this might just be the key to it all: sleep. Bell believes rest fuels everything, including patience. We can’t help but agree on that one. We also can’t help but love Bell and Shepard more than we thought was even possible. What absolute dreams.