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How To Handle Mom-Shamers, According To Kristen Bell

“Don’t let anyone tell you you shouldn’t be doing that.”
04/03/2017 12:34pm ET
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Kristen Bell encouraged moms who have felt shamed for their parenting choices to stand by their decisions. 

When it comes to being criticized for parenting decisions, Kristen Bell encourages other mothers to not let mom-shamers bring them down.

In an interview with CafeMom, the “Bad Moms” actress explained she doesn’t let mom-shaming messages affect her. She also encouraged other moms to embrace their way of parenting.

“If you’re confident with what you’re doing even if that’s some weird, bizarre parenting technique that you know works for your kid or you feel happy about, do it!” she said. “Don’t let anyone tell you you shouldn’t be doing that.”

The mom of two had similar advice earlier this year, when she told Babble she won’t let others make her feel embarrassed when her kids have a tantrum in public because they’re simply being kids.

“That shouldn’t make me feel ashamed or embarrassed in any way,” she said. “Only you can make you feel a certain way.”

While chatting with CafeMom, Bell discussed breastfeeding and why the idea of being uncomfortable with mothers feeding their children is “comical” to her. When she breastfed her daughters, she was concerned about them, not where she was nursing.

“If you’re aroused by that, I think it’s safe to say that’s your problem and not mine,” she said. “If it makes you uncomfortable, it’s your responsibility to move away, not mine to cover up.”

The actress also had an important reminder for overwhelmed moms who push their well-being to the wayside to focus on their kids: “Know when to take a break.”

Read more of Bell’s interview at CafeMom.

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