Hollywood star Kristen Bell has revealed she regularly allows her young children to drink non-alcoholic beer as it “makes them feel close to their dad”.
The Frozen star, married to actor Dax Shepard, said she knows the comments will have people criticising her parenting decision, but says she doesn’t care as she is “a great parent’.
Shepard has been sober for a number of years and regularly enjoys a booze-free beer, allowing daughters Lincoln, 7, and Delta, 5, to also enjoy the tipple.
Speaking on the podcast Say Yes! With Carla Hall, Bell said: “I'm going to get a lot of flack for this. And let me start by saying I don't care.
“You're welcome to tell me I'm a terrible parent. I don't care. I'm a great parent, I think. I'm learning every day.
“When we had our first child and my husband would put her in the Babybjorn and we'd walk around the neighbourhood, he'd pop a non-alcoholic beer in his hand and the baby would paw at it and put the rim in her mouth.
"It's a sentimental thing for my girls, right? It makes them feel close to their dad."
The 40-year-old added: “We're like, 'I mean, there's nothing wrong with it. It's just essentially a bubbly juice.
"Right? There's nothing in it. We also talk to them very much about [Dax's] sobriety and the importance of it and why Daddy can't drink."
She went on to say she has wondered what teachers think when they see her children enjoying the drink while on Zoom classes.
Bell said: "They have 15-minute breaks where they're allowed to jump around and grab a snack and wiggle it out. And I walk in to check on them at 9:30 and both of them are drinking an O'Doul's on their Zooms.
"They're both just sipping their Doulies. And I'm like, 'What must these other parents and teachers think of me?'
"And then I remind myself, 'You don't care, Kristen. They can pretend like you're doing something wrong,'" she defended. "I would argue that I'm not, because it's nonalcoholic."
Say Yes! With Carla Hall is available to listen to online now.