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If you were to tell us, 13 years ago, that Nicole Richie — star of The Simple Life, Lionel Richie‘s daughter and Paris Hilton‘s one-time bestie — was going to dole out pearls of wisdom about parenting and children, we would’ve spit out our Pepsi Blue and laughed in your face, because as if.

But fast-forward to 2016, and Richie has some simple yet brilliant words for all those judgy parents out there.

In an interview with People she opened up about how she raises a couple of independent kids and why she refuses to judge other moms, because what’s the point?

“I had two friends that were moms before me — I had kids very young,” explained 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 continued, “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 and to be open and honest with other women. That really helps them to relax and know that they’re not alone.”

RIGHT?! If only we could all have that mentality. That’s right, we said that we should all think the way Nicole Richie does. Deal with it.

Thank you for making me a Dad ❤

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She added that daughter Harlow, 8, and son Sparrow, 6, “dress themselves,” and she is totally fine with them experimenting with different looks.

Nicole might be a former knucklehead, but she seems like a totally cool, relaxed mom who’s just taking it as it comes, not sweating the small stuff. And she couldn’t be more right. Women, and men, all parent differently. What works for you might not necessarily work for anyone else. But as long as your kids are taken care of and know they’re loved and supported and heard, who cares what anyone else has to say?