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Co-parenting after a divorce is no walk in the park, no matter how amicable the split might have been. It's important that ex-spouses continue to provide a united front when it comes to establishing milestones like the age when a child is allowed to date as well as how much social media and general freedom they have access to on a daily basis.
As you'll see in this The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills After Show clip (above), Denise Richards is pretty sick of talking about her co-parenting system with her famous ex Charlie Sheen on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
"She’s not dating until she’s 16," Denise said of their daughter Sam Sheen, 15, who was seen calling her father earlier this season to ask if she could go to a dance if she was asked by someone and he said he trusted her judgment.
"What didn’t air was Charlie saying he wanted supervision on the party bus that they wanted to take, and all the other stuff that was involved," Denise continued. "And he wanted to meet the boy, which, that didn’t happen either. But I did let her go. But it’s hard, as you know, raising teenagers, especially in Los Angeles. It’s a very different thing growing up here."
Sometimes, former couples think they're on the same page about what to do when their children misbehave, but they find out otherwise once something actually happens.
"I took the phone away from my kid and her dad was in total agreement on the phone with me about it and he supported it," Denise said of Charlie, "and then the next day she had a new phone number... I think a lot of parents that are divorced are probably going through this especially when they become teenagers. It’s really difficult."
Raising teenagers in 2019 can bring anyone to their knees if they're not constantly in super sleuth mode.
"It’s very, very different. When I was growing up, my father worked for the f--king phone company so he would tap the line so he would know when we were lying. They would let us sneak out and they would show the f--k up at the party and I’d be like, 'How did my parents know?' But they let us go to catch us."
And if all else fails, a few scare tactics never hurt.
"My father put the fear of God into my sister and I that if we ever did drugs he would kick us out of the house. And I was like, in Illinois in the winter I don't want to be kicked out of the house, so I never tried anything. Here, you kick your kids out, they’ll go to another mansion, another family with f--king Postmates, and there’s f--king Ubers. They’d love to be kicked out," she sighed.
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