With a 3-year-old daughter and a second child on the way, Jessica Alba has stepped confidently into the role of mother, and the striking star says she hopes she's raising her children to be independent and able to think for themselves.
"I'm not a helicopter mom," Jessica told Access Hollywood when asked about her parenting style at the Los Angeles premiere of her new movie, "Spy Kids: All the Time in the World" on Sunday. "I'm not like, constantly hovering and not allowing my kid to figure it out.
"I think a little dirt is good," she added. "I think they should figure out how to play with their friends and do things independently."
The 30-year-old beauty -- who gave birth to her daughter with husband Cash Warren -- Honor Marie Warren in 2008 - said finding the balance between work and family time is a challenge.
"I think [it's a struggle] for everyone - certainly the people who work and have to juggle work and family time," she told Access. "It's a constant challenge to try and get quality family time because you're pulled in so many directions."
The former "Machete" star also said the brevity of life became even more apparent after motherhood.
"When you have kids you realize how fast time flies by," Jessica said. "Just a second [after birth] they're giving you their opinion about things.
"It's like, 'Yesterday you were in diapers! What's going on?'" she added with a laugh.
As for her when her second baby is due, Jessica remained tight-lipped, but admitted the new bundle of joy will make his or her big debut "soon."
"Spy Kids: All the Time in the World" - which also features "Community" star Joel McHale, Jeremy Piven and Antonio Banderas - hits theaters on August 19.
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