"Something happened with Dax and I early on where we decided we were never going to not be asked about our relationship," she the show’s host Justin Long. "So if we were going to talk about it, let's make sure we show the good, the bad, and the ugly and how we handle it. Let's not make it saccharin, and we really try hard to not make it saccharin, and we talk about the fact that we do fight, we do go to therapy, we dislike each other a lot sometimes."
While most would assume you’d get into fewer squabbles the longer you’d been with your partner, according to Kirsten, you simply learn to pick your battles.
"We had this pretty incredible fight recently. Incredible. I mean like top of the lungs screaming," she explained. "It was about things around the house that I felt I needed help with. We have a relationship where you are supposed to be able to say I need your help with this. For those of you listening, I'm telling this from my perspective, he's not here to defend himself."
It all started when she was leaving for work one morning and left a note for Dax with a few minor household requests.
"I left a note and I was like, 'Hey dad! Would you mind taking the two towels in the dryer and folding them and then like one other thing.' I was like that's ten minutes of work, I can say that.”
"He goes, 'When you leave me notes, I feel really controlled,' and he launched into how he felt about it."
Kristen reacted calmly at first, but things quickly turned sour.
“I said, ‘OK, I totally hear you. It will never happen again. If I need something to be done around the house what is a way I can do it, that you’d be OK with hearing?'”
“And somehow, then we both blacked out and got into a fight and I don't actually remember what happened, but what transpired was a lot of volume, a lot of harsh words being thrown around, and it was an angry, angry fight about how nobody does anything for anybody else," she continued. "I grabbed my pillow and I stomped down the hall and I sleep in the front room and I'm crying. We don't talk for three days."
The only communication the couple had was regarding the needs of their daughters, Lincoln, 6, and Delta, 5. That was, until, Kristen took the kids to a dog café and decided to bring home an olive branch – a rescue pup named Frank.
"I didn't get an apology, but I got a dog! This is so much better than an apology. So I bring the dog home, it's great," she said. "We never talked about that fight ever, but I will say this: Every single thing that I have needed done or thought, 'I'd want help with this,' since that fight, he has been ahead of. I couldn't complain about him if I tried right now."