Richards adopted daughter Eloise in 2011 and is also mom to daughters Sami and Lola, whom she shares with Charlie Sheen
Denise Richards is celebrating the holidays with her youngest daughter.
On Sunday, the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills alum, 52, was photographed attending the 91st Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade, supporting Marine Toys for Tots. The actress made a rare appearance with her 12-year-old daughter Eloise, posing next to husband Aaron Phypers, 51.
Richards adopted her daughter in 2011, later sharing that Phypers was also adopting Eloise in 2019.
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In addition to daughter Eloise, Richards is mom to daughters Sami, 19, and Lola, 18, who she shares with ex Charlie Sheen, 58.
In 2019, Richards talked with PEOPLE exclusively about her daughter Eloise, then 7, revealing that for the actress, being a mom is the no. 1 priority.
“I’m most proud of raising my kids, especially in a time that is very different from how I was raised,” said Richards. “It’s extremely hard to keep children grounded. This is not an easy time to grow up.”
And when it comes to raising Eloise, whom Richards initially adopted as a single mom, the actress has a unique set of challenges.
A chromosomal disorder “has caused a lot of developmental delays for her,” explained Richards, who first noticed that Eloise wasn’t reaching typical milestones for babies.
“She wasn’t able to sit up on her own for a very long time, and she didn’t start walking until she was 2, and that was with physical therapy,” she said.
Eloise was diagnosed with a deletion in chromosome 8, but at the time, Richards was still navigating best courses of care for her daughter.
“She can only say a handful of words,” said Richards. “And there are times when she feels like her age in understanding, and then other times where it feels she’s emotionally 3 years old. It’s been challenging. I’m learning every day because they don’t really have a road map for her particular case.”
“Every child is different,” she said. “You take care of your children no matter what is going on with them. I don’t know if [Eloise] is ever going to talk like a typical child. But as a parent, you want what’s best for your children, and you just do it.”
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