"Relationships aren't just perfect," he added, explaining that it's not like you just meet someone and say, "'Oh, this is a perfect match,' then you put it in neutral and coast into your golden years." Shepard notes. At least in his experience, "that's not how it works."
And when you're parenting two young children–Shepard and Bell have a 4-year-old daughter named Lincoln and a 2-year-old daughter named Delta–it's even more important to make sure you set aside alone time together. Shepard told People he and Bell deliberately put dates and one-on-one activities on the calendar, rather than just make vague plans to spend an evening together.
"You do have to take it as seriously as you take your work commitments," he said. "It has to be scheduled and you have to prioritize it or it doesn't happen."
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In past interviews, Shepard and Bell have both been honest about their relationship's flaws and the continual maintenance their remarkably solid union requires. In August, Kristen told Women's Health that the pair are "very aware of the responsibility that we have based on our relationship being in the public eye."
"It involves a sh*t ton of compromise and a lot of work."
All that work seems to be paying off: They've been together since 2007, and married since 2013–one of Hollywood's most genuine and clearly stable couples.
The article The Real Reason Why Kristen Bell And Dax Shepard's Marriage Stays Strong originally appeared on Women’s Health.