Why Kristin Davis Chants 'Black Lives Matter' with Her Kids: I 'Want Them to Feel Empowered'

Kristin Davis Tears Up Recalling Her Black Daughter Experiencing Racism — as a Baby

While Davis' children have "a good relationship" with each other ("Gemma's such a good big sister," she praises her daughter), the Holiday in the Wild star admits it was a bit of a "chaos" situation balancing homeschool management for Gemma and being a mom to a toddler.

"I really would give anything for [Gemma] to go back in school and she would love to go back in school, but I do not think L.A. County's gonna be ready. I hope I'm wrong," says Davis, who's currently continuing her work as a Good Will Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency and Patron for Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. "But the governor's been very clear about the numbers needing to go down for school to happen in person."

The actress tells PEOPLE it was an "insane" experience to juggle her daughter's Zoom schooling, calling teachers "amazing" and saying she's "very impressed" with their efforts.

"It's a high-maintenance job for the parent — you cannot do anything else as a parent if your child is in Zoom school," Davis says. "And I also have a 2-year-old, so he's not in Zoom school. It's just chaos. It's a stressful situation for everybody."

"But of course I want our children to be safe, so I'll do whatever the experts in California say we should do," she continues, adding with a laugh, "And I'll try to do my best."

For her child who has battled chronic eczema (otherwise known as atopic dermatitis), Davis tells PEOPLE there were "not many options" to help in an impactful way. She tried everything from topical steroids to salves, diet modification and building their immune system. And while her child's inflammation and flare-ups are "managed" as of now, she's "excited" to have Dupixent (generic name: dupilumab) as an option for the future.

"For individuals with moderate to severe disease who aren't well-controlled with topical prescription medicines, Dupixent is an incredible option," Dr. Lawrence Eichenfield, chief of pediatric and adolescent dermatology at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego, tells PEOPLE. "Essentially, it's a new age with dupilumab, which is the first systemic [solution] that's approved for children with eczema."

Davis was inspired to share her "stressful" experience with her own child's condition "to empower [other parents] to ask questions of their doctors, to really investigate it more, to do research," as well as to help spread awareness about Dupixent's new approach to eczema treatment in children.

"There are triggers that you can try to figure out for your children, but some of them are things like weather and [other] things that you can't control," she says. "So that's partly why I'm excited — because I didn't ever think that I would have a solution that actually went to the root of the problem."

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  • ColorofChange.org works to make government more responsive to racial disparities.
  • National Cares Mentoring Movement (caresmentoring.org) provides social and academic support to help Black youth succeed in college and beyond.

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