"Right now, I know how to be a mother to [a 7-year-old]," she says

By peoplestaff225
Updated December 03, 2020 01:12 AM

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When it comes to parenting, Nicole Richie is taking a trip down memory lane.

The mom of two recently told Sydney, Australia’s The Daily Telegraph, “I get to live my childhood all over again. My daughter is 7, so we’re starting to watch all the fun movies together, like The Sound of Music.”

Richie, 33, adds, “You know, I’ve been wanting to re-watch those movies, but I’ve been too embarrassed to watch them by myself.”

The fashion designer, who has two children, Harlow Winter Kate, 7, and Sparrow James Midnight, 5, with husband Joel Madden, seems like your typical mom, trying to figure it out as she goes, but loving it all the while.

“Every day I have to leave the house before 7 a.m.,” she says. “I have kids and I have to go straight to work. I can’t be that person who spends hours getting ready … I don’t like to do that.”

However, being a working mom, Richie finds that balancing it all can be tough.

“A common conversation I’ve been having since my eldest started school, one I’m constantly hearing from different moms, is: What’s the appropriate amount of time to be at work and what’s the appropriate amount of time to be at home?” she says.

“First of all, I think it’s so incredible that we’re in a time when we can be open about these things; be vulnerable with each other — because I know my mom didn’t have that … Women are no longer ashamed to say, ‘Oh, this is so hard! I’m worried I’m not doing a good job.’ Women are supporting each other in that space, which I think is so awesome.”

The fashionista herself had a bit of a rocky youth, which in turn, may be beneficial in her parenting skills. “Look, I believe everything in your life is an opportunity to learn and grow, and that’s what I was probably doing [back then],” she explains of her days with Paris Hilton on The Simple Life.

With her little ones growing quickly, Richie reassures herself that there is no need to stress. “Right now, I know how to be a mother to [a 7-year-old]. When they were born, I knew how to be a mom to a baby,” she says.

“I will have to see how I’m going to be when they’re teenagers, but I think it also depends on who they end up being. I don’t believe in black-and-white parenting … I’m going to have to figure it out as it happens.”

— Christina Dugan