Kyle Richards: How I Keep Portia Grounded
The 'RHOBH' star says it's "hard" raising kids to be humble around excess.
Raising grounded kids is difficult—particularly when you live in opulent, wealthy city like Beverly Hills. Just ask Kyle Richards
In a new interview with E! News, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star responds to some of the criticism she's recently received for the way she's raising her 6-year-old daughter Portia. On last week's episode, Kyle spent over $500 on a few clothing items for her daughter, who was upset that she didn't get more. Although Kyle expressed concern that she didn't want to raise a spoiled brat, she did get a kick out of having Portia try on a shirt that read, "I left my Louis on the jet."
I tell my children, 'You're very fortunate, not everyone is as fortunate as this.'
But Kyle maintains that her love for the finer things is balanced with her charitable work—a passion she hopes to instill in her children.
"I do explain to my children, 'You're very fortunate, not everyone is as fortunate as this and you know it's very important to give back,'" she says. Instilling values and a sense of appreciation in her kids is a family affair. "They see Mauricio and I giving back, and we take them to things to show them and get involved. So I just think it has to be an open conversation, not just talk about it, but also get out there and see them doing things."
As for Portia crying when she was dissatisfied with her $500 shopping spree? Just typical kid stuff, says Kyle. "Portia will have her moments," she says. "She's 6 years old, whether you have money or you don't, all 6-year-olds, they are going to test you and push you to the limits, but you have to nip it in the bud."
[Source: E! News]