“There are times where his life is more colorful than others, more public than others, and as the kids get older it’s a difficult thing,” she said. “I’m learning as I go too. I have never had to deal with this and this was a subject I had hoped to talk with my children about as they got older. But it’s hard.”
One method she uses is teaching the girls about addiction through children’s books.
“One in particular explains addiction to children,” said Richards, pictured at New York Fashion Week on Feb. 9. “There are images and pictures that a child can understand. I don’t know what they fully comprehend from these conversations. They don’t know what some of these things are. So I do the best I can and it’s not easy.”
But she also acknowledges that things don’t seem to be changing any time soon.
“I mean, you know this is Charlie’s lifestyle,” she said. “He makes no bones about it. And it is what it is.” Sad, sad, sad.