Kristen Bell recently revealed that her 5-year-old daughter Delta is still in diapers, according to People. The Good Place actress discussed things like potty-training and homeschooling her children during the pandemic with her friends and fellow moms Maya Rudolph and Casey Wilson during a recent episode of her podcast, Momsplaining with Kristen Bell.
Bell, who shares two daughters with her fellow actor Dax Shepard, said it was much easier to potty-train their older daughter, Lincoln, who is now 7-years-old. She said that when Lincoln was only 21 months old, they “merely suggested that she use the toilet in the other room,” and she never went back to a diaper after that.
She recalled lying in bed with her husband after Lincoln went and wondering why everyone made such “a big deal” out of potty training.
“It’s so easy. Just tell the kid to use the toilet,” they thought at the time.
“It’s real relative, isn’t it?” asked Rudolph.
To which Bell replied, “Yes, because every kid is so different.”
On social media, the reaction to Bell’s diaper admission was met with a mostly negative response. Many people were stunned that the actress would admit something they deemed personal on a public forum, commenting that Delta would be mortified when she found out.
Several users wrote that she should have kept that tidbit about her daughter to herself, while others felt that she and her husband were being lazy by not potty-training her child.
“You’ve always been vocal about keeping your children private. Why on earth would you say that. She will be humiliated for the rest of her life,” tweeted one person.
“A 5 year old in diapers is not normal. Stop talking about it on TV and get her to a doctor,” wrote another user.
Despite the criticism, some came to Bell’s defense, arguing that as a mother, she knows what is best for her children and should not be judged for her decisions.
Aside from discussing potty-training, the three moms also shared recent moments where they messed up or embarrassed their kids.
The 39-year-old Bell revealed that during a recent family volleyball match, she had accidentally spiked a volleyball directly into Delta’s face.
She said that three of her friends were at her house at the time of the incident, and they were all shocked, but she “couldn’t help but laugh.”
Luckily, it did not result in a bloody nose, but Bell admitted that she had hurt her daughter’s feelings.
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I am raising women who are not afraid to disagree. Not for disagreements sake, but rather to use their voice when they need to. To not be afraid to speak up and be clear when they have something valuable to add. To participate. To lean in. To be insightful and lead with kindness. To use their gut and ethics to make decisions that sometimes fall outside the lines or buck the system. To be, as @adamgrant says "a disagreeable giver who challenges the status quo in order to improve it." A few weeks ago I bought them RBG dissent collars. (Mainly so I could know when they are feeling particularly disagreeable, they'd put it on in the morning so I'd have a heads up). Now they wear them with pride, like strong females who know when they can add their point of view, with confidence. I'm very proud to be a mother to these two. Thank you @daxshepard for being the magic ingredient to their recipe. I'm forever grateful. Happy mothers day to all the moms out their with disagreeable kids. We are gonna be so grateful for their confidence the day they start to run the world.