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I’ve never had a nanny. I do have a housekeeper, but no nanny. As their mom, I understand and care about my daughters’ needs more than anyone, and I want to be the one who’s making their lunches and snacks and driving them to school. I want to spend every single minute I possibly can with my kids—those are the most precious moments in the world to me.

Growing up in L.A. you see so many people competing to have the nicest car and the biggest house and the most attitude. It’s so ridiculous. I have friends who are having a hard time keeping food on the table right now and I have friends who are billionaires, and everything in-between. When Mauricio and I were first married, we didn’t have much. And who knows? That may be true again. Things could always change. That’s what I tell my girls: “You don’t know what the future holds. You don’t know what you’ll have or what you won’t.” But it really doesn’t matter. Someone can have a gazillion dollars and a 100,000 square-foot home but it doesn’t make their life better than yours or mine. They may not have the husband I have, or your fabulous kids. I’ve never felt intimidated by the jaw-dropping wealth in this town and I sure never lord it over someone who has less than me. I treat everyone with respect, no matter where they come from or who they are or what they have. I enjoy and appreciate the nice things Mauricio and I have. We’re blessed. But those things aren’t the most important things in my life.

What matters more than anything to me are the relationships in my life. My family, my friends, the ones I love. You know, I think I have this persona now from people watching Real Housewives that I’m this really strong girl, some kind of roaring tiger. The truth is I do have a lot of inner strength. But I’m very emotional. I’m very sensitive—overly sensitive, maybe. I am touched easily and quite intensely by things, and sometimes I’m given to uncontrollable tears. I don’t think it came across in Season One that I’m not only a passionate person, but a compassionate person as well.