Denise Richards is the kind of celebrity that every woman would like to call as her own friend. That’s because she not only likes to keep things real, but she’s also someone who radiates warmth and kindness. In other words, she’s as real as it gets. And when it comes to her role as a mother, there’s no denying that she loves it more than anything else on this planet. And while Denise is a pretty open person, there are some things people don’t know about her and her parenting philosophy. Thankfully, we’ve got everything her fans want to know right here.
10 Living In A Hollywood Bubble
Despite her fame and fortune, Denise Richards does her best to keep her children grounded. But that’s not always easy, especially if you live in a Hollywood bubble and you happen to be a household name in both the movie industry and on reality television, too. But despite some setbacks, Denise does her best to raise her kids right even if she has to do it all on her own. The blonde beauty, who is a mom to Sam, 14, Lola, 13, and Eloise, 7, told People Magazine, “It’s extremely hard to keep children grounded. This is not an easy time to grow up.”
9 She Had A Strict Upbringing
Denise Richards makes it no secret that she had a very strict upbringing as a child. She grew up Catholic and her parents were the kind of people who didn’t like to break rules. As a result, Denise was under the watchful eye of her parents, no matter what she did or where she went. She admits that it wasn’t always easy and it made her want to rebel. Speaking about her childhood and teen years, Denise said (via Quotetab.com), “Being a teenager, I would think they were real strict, and I would get upset, but I'm glad they were like that. They didn't let us do whatever we wanted. We weren't allowed to date until we were, like, juniors in high school.”
8 Putting Her Kids On Television
Denise Richards is enjoying a new career as a successful reality television star. She recently joined the cast of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and according to the actress had to really think twice before allowing her kids to appear on the show with her. That’s because she knew that her critics would have something to say about it and that it would put her in a difficult situation. Denise put it this way (via Quotetab.com), “I'm in a no-win situation. If I have my kids in the show, I'm exploiting them. If I don't, people will think I'm not a hands-on mom.” Denise also likes to bring her children on the set of The Bold and the Beautiful.
7 Denise’s Thoughts On Adoption
Denise Richards adopted her daughter Eloise shortly after her divorce from Charlie Sheen. She adopted the young tot knowing that she had special needs but more importantly, that she also needed a loving home and family.
For her, it was an easy decision to make. “To me, it feels like I always had Eloise — there’s no difference between an adopted child or biological child, or Eloise and my older daughters,” Denise explained to The Local Moms Market. “I’ve always believed that we choose our parents and she just chose me another way. She’s my daughter and she’s a part of me.”
6 Facing Difficulties
The celebrity mom explains that Eloise was born with a chromosomal disorder, which has caused a few developmental delays for the young girl. Denise explained to People Magazine, “She wasn’t able to sit up on her own for a very long time, and she didn’t start walking until she was 2, and that was with physical therapy. She can only say a handful of words. And there are times when she feels like her age in understanding, and then other times where it feels she’s emotionally 3 years old. It’s been challenging. I’m learning every day because they don’t really have a road map for her particular case.”
5 Co-Parenting With Her Ex
Denise might be famous in her own right, but she also has an ex-husband who has always been considered one of the biggest names in Hollywood. According to Denise, co-parenting with Charlie Sheen hasn’t always been easy, but she does her best to make it work, despite some of the setbacks she has endured. She explained to Closer Weekly, “Suck it up — because they didn’t ask to be born into a family that splits and shouldn’t have to deal with parents at each other’s throats. I’m not one where you bash your ex in front of your children. It’s very disrespectful to the kids.”
4 Setting Rules And Boundaries
As a mom, Denise Richards knows just how important it is to set rules and boundaries. Even though she’s not as strict as her own parents were, she does have certain expectations for her kids. She also has certain expectations for her ex Charlie Sheen, which haven’t always been met.
That’s why Denise knew that as a parent, she had to take matters into her own hands, despite the circumstances. Denise told Women on the Fence, “I maintained my sanity by knowing what’s important, and what was important was taking care of my two babies. I knew over time it would pass.”
3 Raising Individuals
Even though she does her best to be as fair and understanding as possible, Denise knows that all three of her daughters are different and as a result, they have different needs. That’s why she raises them as individuals. And Denise also admits that she faces plenty of challenges everyday but does her best to take them head on. Isn’t that what every good mother does? “Every child is different,” she said, according to USA Today. “You can take care of your children no matter what is going on with them. I don’t know if [Eloise] is ever going to talk like a typical child. But as a parent, you want what’s best for your children, and you just do it.”
2 Finding Balance
Now that her two older daughters are in their teen years, Denise has made it a personal goal to try and find balance in her day-to-day life. After all, raising teens in the Hollywood bubble is no walk and the park and Denise knows that. She wants her daughters to remain as grateful and humbled as they have been up until this point. “I’m trying to find the balance. Our oldest daughter is a freshman in high school, so [I’m] giving her freedom and keeping consequences in place and keeping her accountable, but also picking my battles,” she shared to Closer Weekly.
1 She Doesn’t Give Parenting Advice
If there’s one thing that Denise Richards doesn’t do, it’s give personal or parenting advice. Why? Because she knows that she’s not in the position to give any. Throughout her life, she’s had plenty of ups and downs and has made her fair share of mistakes. In other words, she’s still learning herself. And what’s more, she doesn’t want to appear as a hypocrite. Talk about keeping things real, right? Denise said (according to Redbook), “I am truly not one to give advice. I'm divorced and I stole my best friend's husband.” And that is why we love Denise Richards, friends. She tells it like it is!