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Kristen Bell Opens Up About Parenting Challenges

"We really just get by. We feel, you know, a little vulnerable just as much as everyone else does

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Kristen Bell is beloved by her fans for her prolific acting but these days, she may be every bit as loved for her role as mom. Kristen has become an online icon thanks to her willingness to open up and get real about the struggles everyone faces raising a child. But just in case anyone was worried that this attention might be going to her head, Bell can assure her fellow parents that she feels overwhelmed just as often as everyone else.

In fact, in a recent interview with E! News, Bell explained that she still feels vulnerable about her abilities to be a good parent and a good partner. Her comments came when she was asked to respond to Ted Danson referring to her and husband Dax Shepard as a “power couple.” Bell said that when it comes to being a parent, she doesn’t feel anything close to power.

“What a high compliment coming from him and Mary [Steenburgen]. I’ll take it,” Bell told E! News. “I don’t know what we have power over. It’s certainly not each other or our children. We don’t feel powerful.”

Bell said that she and Shepard are more focused on surviving as parents than trying to be perfect, as they know that no matter how hard they try, they will always struggle to be the parents they want to be.

“We really just get by. We feel, you know, a little vulnerable just as much as everyone else does,” Bell explained.

Finally, Bell explained that instead of aiming to be the ultimate parents, she and Shepard instead focus on basic, attainable parenting goals.

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“We don’t limit ourselves as much as we should at home,” Bell shared. “The way we explain it is, ‘Look, you’re five years old. You can’t drive my car. You can’t vote. You can’t drink alcohol. You can’t swear.’ So far, they’ve obliged.”