Denise Richards: I Let My Kids Be Kids

05/13/2010 at 08:00 AM ET

Ask Denise Richards to explain her parenting philosophy and her answer is a simple one.

“I let my kids be kids,” she declares in a new interview with Babble.

“If they put together an outfit that’s mismatched, I let them wear it. To them, it looks good and I love that.”

That said, Richards tries to maintain a “somewhat” strict schedule with daughters Sam, 6, and Lola Rose, 4½, with dinner and bedtime typically the same hour each night.

However, with her hectic lifestyle, Richards, 39, isn’t afraid to admit she sometimes needs assistance.

“I need extra help when I’m working, but at the end of the day, I’m raising my girls,” she explains.

Declaring herself a “hands-on mom” to Sam and Lola, Richards is forever searching for a balance between spending time with her girls and nurturing her career.

“For me it’s all about priorities and my girls always come first above anything else,” the model/actress says. “I look at it as having a harmonious house more than balancing. It’s never quite balanced!”

— Anya Leon

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Lauren on

She seems like a great, normal mom in spite of all the stuff that’s been going on in her life. I’m sure her girls are happy. You go Denise!

Anonymous on

I like her a lot!!

Allie on

What happened to her show? I LOVED her show, seeing her and her girls, her father.. even her sister. I find it hard to believe that she is the same woman that was married to Charlie Sheen. Good for you, Denise.

Anonymous on

I still thinks she’s throwing cheap shots. I’m shure she means well, but I’m just not sure she’s not doing any of it out of revenge. I don’t like that thought.

Angi on

I imagine the girl’s lives will be much more stable now with Denise having sole custody.

Indigo-Serene on

I miss her show!! She seems to be a really great Mum to her girls x

marley chetty on

I think you are a great mum to your daughters. You are very beautiful. You also have a great dad and fantastic sister, you all are so close. When are you going to have a new show?

Mrs. R on

No cheap shots…
I see a woman who has largely stayed out of the limelight for the last year while raising her kids.
I used to think she was a total attention addict – but she’s totally different now. I think she rarely seeks out publicity, and tries to stay out of the way of Charlie’s dramas.
She’s one of the MOST hands-on moms in Hollywood I think.

Kathleen on

I love Denise Richards! Maybe she can find true love and have another baby since her children are so beautiful already.

noam on

allie:i might be mistaken, but i think that one of her children didn’t like the cameramen in the house, so she decided to not film anymore…i’m pretty sure that was denise richards, but it might have been another show, so please don’t attack if i’m wrong!

kazumi on

she’s an admirable woman, i think her past mistakes doesn’t have anything to do with her being a fantastic mother, i follow her on twitter and almost all of her tweets are about her girls and how much they make her happy. aside from that, she’s an animal lover too. so kudos to her for doing her best to raise her kids under the harsh limelight of hollywood

CelebBabyLover on

Angi- Obviously I missed something. When did Denise get sole custody? I searched on, but all I could find was an article from this past Jaunary, where Denise says, among other things, that she trusts Charlie with the girls. So it confuses me that she went and got sole custody.

If that’s true, I hope Charlie still has visatation and that Sam and Lola get to see their dad and their twin brothers on a regular basis. 🙂

halfdozen4me on

CelebBabyLover – if you do a search on Google – Denise Richards sole custody you will see a lot of hits…. on May 6th Charlie gave up custody of the girls.

CelebBabyLover on

halfdozen4me- I just looked it up, and was interested to see that the report says Denise has full LEGAL custody of the girls, but doesn’t mention anything about phyiscal custody. I wonder if that means she and Charlie still have joint physical custody of the girls?

Terri on

I think he gets visitation. I think it makes sense with his recent legal issues, that he would surrender custody to Denise until all issues are resolved.