Why Nicole Richie Refuses to Judge Other Moms: 'There's No One Right Way to Be a Mother'
Nicole Richie is raising some seriously independent kids — at the very least, when it comes to what they wear.
The House of Harlow 1960 designer, 34, tells PEOPLE that son Sparrow, 6½, and 8½-year-old daughter Harlow have very different approaches to their fashion choices.
It turns out Harlow is a bit more flexible than her brother when it comes to what she wears.
“She has her own style,” the mom of two adds. “She likes to experiment with different looks. I am totally fine with that. What she looks like is ultimately up to her.”
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“Oh my God, they make me laugh every day,” Richie shares of her kids. “I’m always finding funny pictures and videos on my phone of them that they take.”
Unfortunately, though, it seems like the noise that comes with a tour bus might not be something Harlow and Sparrow are immune to during the night.
“I was very quiet around my kids when they were babies and now they’re light sleepers,” Richie admits. “I wish I had been a little more rough with them.”
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“I had two friends that were moms before me — I had kids very young,” explains Richie. “It was really so refreshing to see two women that have such different taste and parenting styles maintain a friendship and not judge each other for the way that they bring up their kids.”
She continues, “That’s something that’s always stuck with me because there’s not one way to raise children. There’s no one right way to be a mother. It depends on your house and lifestyle. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is not to judge!”
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— Jen Juneau with reporting by Sharon Clott Kanter