Denise Richards reveals her 7-year-old daughter is facing 'developmental delays' caused by chromosomal disorder
American actor and former model Denise Richards has had many successful films and TV shows over the years, and is the latest actor to join the cast of 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills'. However, the actor has said that her number one priority in life is being a mom.
The 47-year-old Hollywood star, who is a mother to 14-year-old Sam, 13-year-old Lola, and 7-year-old Eloise, said: "I’m most proud of raising my kids, especially in a time that is very different from how I was raised. It’s extremely hard to keep children grounded. This is not an easy time to grow up."
Richards told PEOPLE that, when it comes to raising her youngest daughter Eloise, whom the actress adopted as a single mother in 2011, there are unique challenges that she has to face and overcome. Sam and Lola are her daughters with actor ex-husband Charlie Sheen.
The actress explained that a chromosomal disorder "has caused a lot of developmental delays for her." She said she noticed that Eloise wasn't reaching any of the typical milestones that other babies reached at the time, "She wasn’t able to sit up on her own for a very long time, and she didn’t start walking until she was two, and that was with physical therapy." Little Eloise was diagnosed with a deletion in chromosome eight around two and a half years ago but the proud mother still looks out for the best courses to care for her.
Richards, who had been married to Aaron Phypers since September last year, said: "She can only say a handful of words. And there are times when she feels like her age in understanding, and then other times where it feels she’s emotionally three years old. It’s been challenging. I’m learning every day because they don’t really have a road map for her particular case."
Richards, however, remains optimistic. "Every child is different. 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," she concluded.