Lake Bell‘s daughter may only be 2½-years-old, but the actress wants little Nova to know from a young age that her mom is comfortable in her own skin.
“I hope to send her the message that women are beautiful, truly, at every age, and [that] there’s this tremendous privilege to age,” Bell shares in the September issue of Good Housekeeping.
She adds, “There’s this sort of responsibility as the mother of a girl in that I want to be comfortable with aging and I don’t want her to see me afraid of that, because I don’t want her to be afraid of anything in that way.”
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Bell, 38, admits that motherhood isn’t always easy, sharing, “It’s like my dad always said, ‘You don’t want to buy a house-car-boat because it’s not a good house, it’s not a good car and it’s not a good boat.’ ”
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“If you spread yourself too thin, you’re just kind of not good at anything,” Bell adds. “It’s definitely a balance right now. I’m definitely on the learning curve.”
She also is making sure to place importance on her own well-being, because “It’s very, very easy to fall into this role of feeling like you can’t do anything because you have to drop everything that has to do with your own self-care to take care of [your children], but I’m finding [that] trying to take care of myself is literally taking care of them.”
Bell hopes her approach is “the best example they could have.”