Bell and Shepard have been outspoken about sometimes fighting in front of their two girls. However, to show their kids how to best move past an argument, the couple has decided that the best course of action would be to role-play an apology if they ever do witness one of their marital spats.
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In a recent interview on Justin Long’s podcast Life is Short, Bell revealed she and Shepard recently had an “incredible” fight which resulted in them “blacking out.” Bell said she ended up sleeping on the couch and not speaking to her husband for three days.
Kristen Bell Explains She and Dax Role Play Apologizing In Front of Their Kids After Fighting
The fight began over a note Bell had left for Shepard asking him to take “two towels in the dryer and fold them and then like one other thing,” she said. Shepard was not happy about the way his wife made the request. “When you leave me notes, I feel really controlled,” he had told her.
“Somehow then we both blacked out and got into a fight,” she continued. “I don’t actually remember what happened, but what transpired was a lot of volume, a lot of harsh words being thrown around, and it was an angry, angry fight about how nobody does anything for anybody else.”
After such an epic fight, the couple decided to come up with a game plan to deal with arguments moving forward.
The Good Place actress told Motherly that she and Shepard will now “role play” saying ‘sorry’ to one another in front of their daughter. The goal is to show their two young daughters “how arguments can be resolved instead of them just potentially witnessing the argument,” she said on the parenting podcast.
Bell explained further, “Every time we’re testy with each other, the next morning I’ll say, ‘Good morning, Daddy. I just wanted to say, last night, I had a really long day and I’m sorry that I snapped at you about, you know, not having the dinner that you wanted.’”
“And he would say, ‘Yeah, Mommy, you’re right, I had a hard day too, and I’m really sorry.’ And then we physically kiss and hug. You can’t give anything to your child that you don’t have yourself. If you want your child to have a positive body image, you better start having it,” the mom of two concluded.
When I’m not hanging out with my three-year-old and husband in Brooklyn, I’m busy writing stories for Mamas Uncut and managing PR + Marketing for Magnolia Bakery, based in New York City. On weekends, you can usually find me at a local park or playground pushing my daughter on the swings, “researching” the best almond croissants in Park Slope or launching into impromptu family dance parties at home, the sidewalk or, every once in awhile, a restaurant bathroom. I’m still trying to master the whole parenting thing, but I have learned that copious amounts of coffee, humor and humility are involved on a daily basis.