Jessica Alba Opens Up About Success & Parenting

Jessica Alba opens up about her success as an entrepreneur and being a mom in the July issue of InStyle magazine. 

The Honest Company co-founder says her goal as a businesswoman is to continually take chances.


“There are always haters, and my goals are not small ones,” says Alba. “I just want to live a full life and stay curious and challenge myself.”

Taking risks sometimes comes with failure and Alba reveals that can be hard to do in front of her three kids, Honor, Haven and Hayes.

“I want my kids to see me push outside my comfort zone,” adds Alba. “And sometimes that means making mistakes and admitting them, which is especially hard in front of your kids.”

Alba admits she is not a perfect parent and has some bad parenting habits.

I have this terrible habit: Whenever my kids ask me to find something, they’re like, ‘Mom, where’s my …’ you know, backpack, toothbrush, whatever,” she says. “And I just say, ‘Up your butt,’ and that’s probably bad parenting.”

“But they got to a certain age where I’m like, ‘That’s where it is: It’s up your butt.’ ”

Alba says she tries her best to balance her work and home life.

I slowed down for a second when I had Honor and Haven, but then I was right back in the hustle,” she says. “I made a concerted effort with Hayes to appreciate the quieter moments. I had to slow down when I was pregnant, so now we have a new tradition called Family Fridays.”

“It’s our game night,” the star explains. “We get on teams and play Clue. Honor is really good. I love when she wins — she’s strategic.”

To read the full cover story pick up the magazine on newsstands!

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