Kristen Bell Shares One of Her ‘Controversial’ Bedtime Tricks

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Kristen Bell keeps it pretty real as a parent. Whether she’s getting kids to come clean about the embarrassing things their parents do, or talking about anal worms, her honesty is refreshing! She’s at it again, this time sharing the “controversial” bedtime trick she and Dax Shepard use with 3-year-old Delta. I’ll be honest, I was expecting it to be something like melatonin and bed straps. When you hear the word “controversial”, you have certain expectations, right? This seems totally normal and reasonable to me! Probably because I do the same thing, LOL.

Kristen Bell was on the red carpet for the premiere of the IMAX movie Pandas, which she narrated, when she shared her bedtime trick.

Speaking to press, Kristen said, “Look, I’ll get controversial. My 3-year-old [Delta] decided to stop sleeping about nine months ago. And every night, when we put her to bed, she turns the lights on, which annoys the 4-year-old [Lincoln], and she will move furniture, and she bangs on the door with different, hard toys. We switched the door knob. We turned the lock on the outside.”

See, this sounds fine to me! Are there people who find this controversial? As soon as my kids could turn a knob, I switched both their knobs around.

I did so for two reasons. One, I didn’t want them to accidentally lock themselves in their own rooms (happened once, learned my lesson very quickly). Two, yes, I wanted a way to keep them in their rooms when it was time for them to be in their rooms! Bedtime, time-outs, whatever.

Kristen continued, “I’m sorry, I know that’s controversial, but we lock it when she gets in there, and we stand outside and say, “We love you, we will talk to you in the morning, but now, it’s time for sleep.” And after about 10 minutes, she’ll wind herself down. And then, before we go to bed, obviously, we unlock it.”

Listen Kristen, it’s not all that controversial! Some parents might disagree, but they’re too busy chasing their kids all over the house after bedtime to say so at the moment. You’re doing just fine.

(Image: Facebook/Kristen Bell)