Jessica Alba Talks Parenting, Therapy, & Quality Time With Kids

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LA’s Finest star Jessica Alba, 40, recently confessed that she finds it difficult to learn how to parent her teen daughter, Honor, as she gets older.

The actress and CEO of The Honest Company appeared on the July 22 episode of Katherine Schwarzenegger’s Instagram series, Before, During & After Baby to talk about the issues that she faces as a mother, and how they work through them.

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“I’m struggling with not treating her like a little – I want to treat them all like babies,” admitted.

The Dark Angel actress is mother to Honor, 13, Haven, 9, and son Hayes, 3, whom she shares with her husband, Cash Warren.

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Alba went on to say that she has been going to therapy with her eldest daughter for the past 2 years and feels that it helps her keep from making the same mistakes her own parents made.

“I felt like my relationship really suffered with my parents because they didn’t know how to communicate with me and how I needed to be parented,” she shared. “So I didn’t want that break down with Honor so we went to together.”

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The mother/daughter therapy sessions have had a positive impact according to Alba, who said that after seeing the therapist her daughter, “really felt empowered to find her voice, speak her voice, and own her opinions.”

The Fantastic Four star went on to explain that her daughter truly needed more one-on-one . “[She was like,] ‘You need to spend more time with me alone without Haven around […] And, ‘You need to treat me like I’m me and she’s her. You can’t mush us together.'”

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Now, Alba is attempting to follow the therapist’s advice to spend 30 minutes of one-on-one time each week with each of her children. “I haven’t started this practice, yet. I have a hard time with consistency so that’s another thing that I’m working on.”

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Alba may also be having a hard time letting go and allowing her teen daughter to grow up.

In June, the actress and author of the soon-to-be-released children’s book called, A Bear to Share, posted a tearful Instagram message to Honor as she began her teen years. “[These] are happy tears because the love is so deep and so profound and sad that I can’t push pause.”

“So, you are gonna have to accept my emotional outbursts boo,” she wrote. Alba ended her message with, “I love you with my whole heart and soul.”

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