Kristen Bell: Parenting is like sports – you’re either winning or losing every minute


I watched the new Kristen Bell movie Queenpins on Paramount Plus on Monday. The film itself was okay, but the cast was good. I love Kirby Howell-Baptiste and she co-stars, so that was worth it. Everyone was solid but I was surprised at Bebe Rexha. It was a small role, but she was really entertaining in it. It’s based on a true story about a rudderless woman who spent all her money trying to have a baby that she miscarried, then made extreme couponing her coping mechanism and turned it into a less-than-legal business for her and Kirby’s character. Kristen has two children and uses oversharing as her coping mechanism. Fortunately, all her businesses are on the up and up. When it comes to raising kids, Kristen said she doesn’t always get it right. She likened parenting to sports and said she’s, “either winning or losing every minute of the day.”

Kristen Bell is at a point where she has to acknowledge when she’s been bested by her own children.

The 41-year-old The Good Place alum hosts Momsplaining With Kristen Bell, the Daytime Emmy-nominated digital series available weekly on Ellen DeGeneres’ content platform Bubble. As seen in preview footage exclusive to E! News from the Wednesday, Oct. 6 episode, Kristen discussed moments when she and husband Dax Shepard have been outwitted by daughters Lincoln, 8, and Delta, 6.

“Parenting is a lot like sports—you’re either winning or losing every minute of the day,” Kristen quipped in the clip. “Mostly losing, but that’s what makes the winning so sweet, and fleeting. Being a parent is just weird, you know? And it helps to know you’re not alone. I suggest talking to someone—even if no one is there.”

[From E!]

I don’t disagree with Kristen on this. I’m not sure I would use the sports analogy, though. I feel like we’re attorneys arguing the same case. But somehow the kids are the opposing counsel, the judge and jury. Maybe when that’s because mine are teens. Kristen’s girls are still under 10 and there was a lot more running around at that age, so the sports thing works. But the losing part feels the same, regardless. And you never figure out how someone with a fraction of your age and experience bests you – every time. However, what Kristen said about winning is very true. In those moments when you feel like you got it right, it is so, so sweet. And, unfortunately, fleeting, as she said. So savor the moment while you have it.

I think Kristen was kidding about talking to yourself, but I do it all the time. I swear it keeps me sane, even though it makes me look insane. Some emotions need to come out before I address an issue with whoemver has ticked me off. My coffee maker knows how to take it without getting its feelings hurt. So joke or not, that’s actually some of the best advice Kristen has ever given.




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  1. Laura-Lee says:

    I try so, so, so, so hard to like Kristen Bell. I really do. I wish she was more enigmatic and let her work speak for her, because her schtick as Hollywood Mom TM makes me crazy. And my kids and I are on the same team. Recently drafted a new stepdad, too. Now we will get into the Us vs Life playoffs and WIN! Win what? I dunno. Love and mutual respect seems fair.

  2. Hell Nah! says:

    I don’t wish it but I have the feeling she and her husband are going to end up slinging shots at each other in a very acrimonius divorce when this all blows up.

    I don’t know why I feel this way, but I do. Sorry.

    • Cessily says:

      I don’t know.. they both grew up in the same general area (SE Michigan, Detroit suburds)and truthfully they are a lot like many of the people there. Even though I think they had very different upbringings. If he stays sober they may surprise everyone.

  3. canichangemyname says:

    OMG I talk to myself all the time too! Now I have a dog, so I talk to her LOL running monologue. I have a soft spot for Kristen Bell because I loved The Good Place so much. And I completely get what she’s saying about parenting. My son is 14 and I swear we have the sweetest moments sometimes where I feel like I’m winning and then sometimes fights or I feel a failure and wonder how much therapy he’ll actually need in the future LOL