Denise Richards talks about life lessons for daughters

04/01/2008 at 07:02 AM ET

Denise_and_girls There are a lot of lessons that Denise Richards says she’d like to impart to her daughters Sam, 4, and Lola Rose, 2 ½, and perhaps the most important one of all comes courtesy of their late maternal grandmother Joni.  She succumbed to cancer in November 2007, but Denise says her mom displayed an "inner strength" even at the end "when things were really dire."  Says Denise,

I want to teach my girls the importance of picking yourself up and moving forward.

Her comments come in the context of a new interview with Shape magazine, in which the 37-year-old actress also discusses the importance of raising the girls to have a positive body image.  Sam and Lola are often playing nearby while Denise exercises "almost every day," so the girls are "learning by example" about the need to stay physically fit.  At the same time, Denise says that she’s careful not to leave Sam and Lola with the impression that being physically fit is all that matters.

I’ll never talk about weight around them.  And they’ll never hear me say, ‘Mommy’s feeling fat today.’ That kind of attitude just makes young girls grow up to be dissatisfied with their bodies.

Sam and Lola are Denise’s daughters with ex-husband Charlie Sheen.

Source:  Shape, May issue via People

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Amanda on

Life lessons, eh?

How about the one where you hook up with your best friends’ husband?

Or exploiting your children for the sake of a reality TV show?

Some real good life lessons those two girls are going to be getting.

Olivia on

What a positive attitude! I am glad she teaches her daughters positive body image.

Alexandra on

If the rumors are true, then she might also want to refrain from telling them about the elective c-sections followed by the tummy tucks. That is, of course, only if the alleged motive (to avoid stretch marks, etc.) is correct…

Jen on

For as much as I think she does wrong, this is an awesome attitude to have for her young girls. Kudos to her for teaching them that they should be work out to be healthy, not to reach an certain size or shape. That’s an awesome thing for the girls to have.

Melanie on

I’m so glad she mentioned this. I love my own mother dearly, but she was guilty of talking about weight constanly. She used to work out like a maniac to Jane Fonda (some of my earliest memories) and watch every bite of food. She’s always been very thin and acts like it’s completely genetic around other people. My sister and I have lived under the gigantic pressure to be thin our entire lives. Not something I will pass on to my girls.

brooke on

Denise seems like a good mom, I really like her.

Anonymous on

I like that she makes a conscious decision not to talk about weight, because I know that oftentimes mothers (or even people in general) speak about it without thinking, ignorant of the impact that it can have.

Sasha on

Melanie, your candid response is fascinating. You are taking a healthy approach with your daughters. My own mom was dissatisfied with her weight/body image, and struggled to take charge of it, while instilling in me a very athletic, healthy-foods upbringing. She passed away in 2003. When I work out, I ‘psychically’ tell my mom that I am carrying on her mission for self-acceptance, love and celebration as a woman.:) It helps me.

Steph on

I think Denise Richards is a great mother and I love how she is showing by example how important it is to stay physically fit but that it’s not the only thing in life. They need to be “fit” emotionally, too! She’s one of my favorites!