It's been nearly 10 years since Kelly Killoren Bensimon divorced her husband, famed fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon, in 2007. However, being a single mom still has its challenges for Kelly, especially now that her daughters Sea, 18, and Thadeus Bensimon, who is turning 16 this summer, are now quickly approaching adulthood. "One of the biggest challenges of raising teenagers is just raising them on my own," Kelly told Personal Space. "I mean, there's no other cop. I'm the good cop, and I'm the bad cop. I'm the only cop."
That means Kelly often has to strike a difficult balance with her kids. "The hard part of it is being loving but strict," she explained. "I sometimes have a really hard time navigating that."
Kelly's busy work schedule, which currently includes promoting her new jewelry line with HSN and her upcoming debut novel A Dangerous Age, doesn't make that any easier. "I also have a very unusual work life, so I work very, very, long hours sometimes. Some days I don't have to work at all. Sometimes I have to work on the weekends. I have to travel," she said.
Still, she finds ways to fit it all in, especially now that she's getting her daughters ready to leave the nest. "My biggest effort right now is getting Sea into college next year. That's been so much fun, watching her take the SAT and the ACT, just seeing who she's gonna evolve into as a college girl," Kelly told Personal Space. "I'm really, really excited for her because education is very important for me, and I want both my girls to be college educated."
Kelly's famous optimism that she displayed on RHONY seems to play a role in how she views her parenting at the end of the day, too. "I am just doing the best that I can with what I have," she said. "My job as a parent is to raise amazing, beautiful, gentle women, and that's what I'm trying to do."
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