The actress dished on all things parenting, eating, and sneaking veggies into her kids’ dinner.

By Well Done
Updated September 05, 2018
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You may know her from her early years playing bad-to-the-bone Kim Kelly in Freaks in Geeks, but this superstar mommy has graduated into a television and movie icon. Her most recent film appearance in Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty feels right in line with her anti-body shaming statements and overall acceptance of going for that sweet treat on occasion. We caught up with Philipps about handling parenting problems like picky eaters, temper tantrums, and handling mom guilt. Read on to get Philipps’ tips for how she balances parenthood and a packed schedule.

Are your kids picky eaters?

BP: I'm lucky that I have one daughter who's a very adventurous eater and will try anything, that's my older daughter, Birdie. I was always very proud of myself for that. I thought I had something to do with it because, I made her baby food when she was little. I don't know. My second child is the pickiest eater. She refuses to try things. She's like, "No, I just want macaroni and cheese or plain pasta." She will eat some broccoli and stuff, but it's always a constant battle with the little one.

Do you have any tricks to get your kids to eat healthy foods?

BP: I did definitely do some Jessica Seinfeld tricks... the Deceptively Delicious cookbook that she has where you puree zucchini and stuff and add it to spaghetti sauce. It's an easy way to get Cricket to get a little bit more of the healthy things that she needs. Then we just try to make healthy choices and swap outs when we can. I've partnered with Tropicana Kids, which we're obsessed with in my house. I'm obsessed with it because it's sweetened with real fruit juice, so it's 45 percent juice and then filtered water, and I'm fine with them having it.

What foods do you feel guilty about letting your kids eat?

BP: The truth is I'm trying to just prevent them from having weirdness with food, or having any sort of negative connotations with food. I try to not limit them from having a sweet treat every once in a while, having dessert if they want it, or whatever. And I try not to use food as a reward because I think that can get really messy for people. Only occasionally have I regretted allowing Birdie to eat something chocolate close to bedtime. That's the only time where I'm like, "Oh, I should have thought that through."

What is mom guilt and how does it affect you?

BP: I think everybody has bouts of guilt when they're a mom. Unless, I don't know ... unless you're a crazy person. I struggle a little bit because I work, and I feel sometimes I miss out on school things, or I'm not able to make it to certain events for them, and that's a bummer. But I also love what I do, and my job affords them a really nice life, so I feel like they can talk about it in therapy when they're 25. You know what I mean?

How have your kids embarrassed you in public?

BP: I mean, it's not funny when your kid embarrasses you in public, it's sort of humiliating. Birdie has thrown a pretty sizeable temper tantrum in public that was pretty horrifying, and I was actually being followed by paparazzi at the time and the whole thing was just ... felt very overwhelming. Yeah, that was brutal, that wasn't funny to me.

At some point, all moms run out of fuel. Do you have any give-in moments with the kids?

BP: I let them watch a show. I think that's the easiest thing to do. I'm like, "SpongeBob? Are we at SpongeBob moment? Yeah, okay." When I've had enough, a show will afford me 30 minutes of like, "Ah." Deep breath.