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Kristen Bell Explains Why She Lets Her Daughters Drink Non-Alcoholic Beer: 'Context Is Important'

The actor opened up on 'The Kelly Clarkson Show' about how her daughters, who are 8 and 10, developed a taste for the alcohol-free beverage.

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The judgement of other people's parenting choices is common, so Kristen Bell challenged people to judge her on a unique parenting decision she made.

Her daughters, who are 8 and 10 years old, are allowed to order non-alcoholic beer at restaurants and have some at home.

She revealed this in an interview on the The Kelly Clarkson Show, adding that the context matters.

You can see the interview here:

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She explained it stems from her husband Dax Shepard.

"He is a recovering addict, but he likes nonalcoholic beer, so he’d pop one open—he’d have her on his chest—and we’d walk and look at the sunset."
"So as a baby, she was pawing at it, and sometimes she would suck on the rim of it.”

She said they had intended to just keep the practice at home, but when they went to a restaurant and her children wanted some, she couldn't come up with a good reason not to do so other than the optics of the choice.

Eventually she just decided to go with it and let people judge if they wanted.

“But then I’m also sort of like, ‘You can judge me if you want. I’m not doing anything wrong.That’s your problem.”

Some folks didn't like her decision.

Others didn't see what the big deal was.

However, some people pointed out "non"-alcoholic beer contains trace amounts of alcohol.

Some pointed out it's weird they just like the taste of beer without the effects, a sentiment that is usually the opposite.

One person compared it to candy cigarettes.

Another person said they didn't care about the non-alcoholic beer; it's the energy drinks they're worried about.

People imagined what the actual reality of the kids drinking non-alcoholic beer looks like.

Still others asked why this was even a story at all as it's not controversial at all to them.

Her children's favorite non-alcoholic beer of choice is O'Douls, which is less than 0.5% alcohol.

Pediatric medications such as cough syrup can contain 10-15% alcohol.