Eva Mendes reveals heartfelt reason she is 'taking a break' from social media

Eva Mendes says she's taking a break from 'screen time.'
Eva Mendes says she's taking a break from 'screen time.' Photo: Instagram

Eva Mendes has revealed she'll be taking a break from social media for a while, after her daughter told her she was having too much screen time.

The 46-year-old, who shares daughters Esmeralda, six and Amada, four, with actor Ryan Gosling, shared a post from Latinx Parenting about empowering kids to respectfully challenge their parents, alongside a caption explaining her decision.

"Let your kids call you out. It's not disrespect. It's healthy," read the post, from Twitter account Latinx Parenting.

"Kids can be so fiercely aligned with their value that they will take nothing less than the respect they deserve. They will take no BS. Not even from you."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A post shared by Eva Mendes (@evamendes)

"Congratulations, you are raising an empowered child," the post concluded. 

 "I haven't posted lately because my little one told me I was on the phone too much," the Hitch star wrote alongside a screenshot of the post. "I could tell she was taking it personally. And she's a kid, of course she'd take it personally."

"They take things personally unless we go out of our way to make it clear to them it's not personal. So we had good talk, I apologised and I promised her I'd be mindful. I realised that just because I'm always home with them doesn't mean I'm always present."

Comments flooded in with support for the actress, many saying their children have asked for similar things.

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A post shared by Eva Mendes (@evamendes)

"My six-year-old hates when I'm preoccupied with my phone," one mum shared. "I've been putting it up on a shelf during the day. Thanks for the post."

"My six-year-old does the same and he has a point all the time," said another. "Good to know it's a sign of empowerment!"

The actress doesn't share pictures of her children, explaining they don't really what having their image online means.

"I have always had a clear boundary when it comes to my man and my kids. I'll talk about them of course, with limits, but I won't post pictures of our daily life," she said in an Instagram comment least year.

"I don't have their consent" she explained. "And I won't post their image until they're old enough to give me consent."