Actress Jessica Alba has revealed she is now in therapy with her two daughters, Honor and Haven.
The actress shared the reason for her decision in the July/August digital issue of Glamor UK, reports aceshowbiz.com.
“I went with both of them. And around puberty, that’s when I think, for me, with my girls,” the 41-year-old began.
“That’s when they started to shut up and be like, ‘I don’t want to talk anymore.’ And I’m like, ‘We’re not doing this. We have to keep a line of communication here. How can I be a better parent for you? How do you want me to talk to you?
Alba went on to detail her positive impact on her relationship with her daughters.
“First of all, this person (the therapist) has studied human behavior and they’re good at it. And they have no connection to you, so they can be really objective and you create a safe space for your child can tell you frankly what is wrong with your role as a parent,” she shared.
“I was like, ‘Look, I’m not perfect. I won’t know all the answers, but I want to be a good parent to you.'”
“And what you like and dislike is different from what your sister likes and dislikes. And I’m going to make mistakes,” the Honest Company founder recalled when telling her daughters, ” Here is a safe space, you can`t get in trouble.”
“Tell me what I’m doing wrong, or what you’d like me to do differently. Or how do you expect me to discipline you when you screw up? What does that look like to you?” the Golden Globe nominee further retold, “And how would you like to be treated so that you can always feel like your dignity is intact?”
Jessica previously revealed that she started mother-daughter therapy with her eldest two years ago to overcome communication barriers.
When she appeared on Katherine Schwarzenegger’s ‘Before, During & After Baby’ Instagram series last summer, she explained, “Like my 13-year-old daughter, I find it hard not to treat her like a little girl. (child) – I want to treat them all like babies. I want to pamper them.
“Still, I tend to raise them like they’re little ones,” the actress continued.
“I started going to therapy with her, I think, when she was 11. For me, it was really out of…I felt like my relationship with my parents was really hurting because they didn’t know how to communicate with me and how I needed to be a parent.
“So I didn’t want this breakup with Honor, so we went to therapy together.”