May 13, 2010 08:00 AM

Landov

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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