Mila Kunis appeared on the “Mom Confessions” segment of the “Ellen DeGeneres Show” and said that she considered her biggest “parenting fail” to be the time she told her daughter to retaliate against a school bully.
“There was a little kid in my kid’s preschool that wasn’t very kind and pushed my daughter,” Kunis said. “My daughter came back and was like, ‘Such and such little kiddo pushed me.’ And I instinctually said, ‘Did you push her back?’ And my daughter’s like, ‘No!’ “
Kunis said she then told her daughter to “push her back next time and say no thank you and walk away.”
The 38-year-old said that after she shared the advice she turned around to see her husband Ashton Kutcher shaking his head in disagreement and mouthing the word, “‘No!'”
However, she said she continued to advise her daughter.
“You stand up for yourself and say no thank you,” she recalled saying. “Don’t push her off of a ladder, off of a swing or off of a slide, but on the ground, even-steven, you push her back.”
She added: “I’d say that that’s a parenting fail.”
Kunis and Kutcher, who also share a son, have frequently made headlines with their contemporary parenting choices. Earlier this year, the couple sparked a long and widespread debate about the frequency with which parents should bathe their children after they said that they didn’t wash their children every day on an episode of Dax Shepard’s “Armchair Expert” podcast.
The couple also suggested that parents only wash their children when they see dirt on them.
“I didn’t have hot water growing up as a child, so I didn’t shower much anyway,” Kunis said on the podcast. “But when I had children, I also didn’t wash them every day. Like, I wasn’t the parent that bathed my newborns – ever.”
Kutcher added: “Now, here’s the thing: If you can see the dirt on them, clean them. Otherwise, there’s no point.”