While appearing on the "Say Yes! with Carla Hall" podcast on Sept. 15, the "Frozen" actress revealed that her children — Lincoln, 7, and Delta, 5 — love the nonalcoholic beer O'Doul's because it makes them feel closer to their dad, who's been sober for 16 years.
And before the parent shaming begins, just know that Kristen doesn't care what you think.
"I'm going to get a lot of flack for this. And let me start by saying I don't care," she said. "You're allowed to give me any advice you guys want, any of these listeners. 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… And let me stress that it's nonalcoholic."
In speaking about how the girls' love of nonalcoholic beer began, Kristen said, "My husband brought home a six-pack of O'Doul's last night. And my daughters often ask for O'Doul's. The reason for this is because when we first had our child and my husband would put her in the BABYBJÖRN and we'd walk around the neighborhood, he'd pop a nonalcoholic 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."
Kristen even sees the beverage preference as an opportunity to teach the girls about sobriety.
"We're like, 'I mean, there's nothing wrong with it. It's just essentially a bubbly juice.' Right? There's nothing in it," Kristen said. "We also talk to them very much about [Dax's] sobriety and the importance of it and why Daddy can't drink."
The girls, the "Good Place" star said, have even "ordered" O'Doul's at restaurants and drank faux beers during their remote school classes.
"This morning, I set them in their Zooms. They have 15-minute breaks where they're allowed to jump around and grab a snack and wiggle it out," Kristen said. "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.' I would argue that I'm not, because it's nonalcoholic," she said. "If anything, it opens up the discussion for why Daddy has to drink nonalcoholic beer, because some people lose their privileges with drinking. Drinking's not always safe."