Stephanie Hallett
August 04, 2016 4:34 pm
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Being a mom can be incredibly challenging. Between the spitting up, the unexplained illnesses, and the all-night tears, just taking care of your little one can sometimes be overwhelming. But being judged for how you care for your kids? That may be the biggest—and most frustrating—challenge of all.

Mom of two and House of Harlow 1960 designer Nicole Richie knows that firsthand, and she has a message for all the moms out there who might feel looked-down upon:

“There’s not one way to raise children. There’s no one right way to be a mother. It depends on your house and lifestyle. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is not to judge!”

We couldn’t agree more!

34-year-old Richie, who has daughter Harlow (8) and son Sparrow (6), dealt with criticism when she first became pregnant. She was facing DUI charges at the time and some speculated that she might end up giving birth behind bars (she didn’t).

In fact, the former reality TV star says becoming a mom changed her. “Besides being responsible for myself, I’m now responsible for someone else,she told ABC in 2007. “And I have to set the right examples. I have to really be someone that I would want my child to look up to.

A few years and another baby later, in 2012, she told Us Weekly that she was working hard to give her kids the stable life she didn’t have growing up, and offered some honest words about parenting:

“Look,” she said, “I don’t know anyone who can say they don’t just try and do the best that they can do.”

We think you’re doing great, Nicole – especially since you’re speaking on behalf of all the moms out there!

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