Nicole Richie: "Joel and I work at our marriage."

Reformed wild-child Nicole Richie tells Oprah about her marriage and parenting style.

They’ve been married for three-and-a-half years but now, Nicole Richie shares what makes her relationship with The Voice judge, Joel Madden, work.

Nicole with her children Harlow and Sparrow.

Speaking to Oprah, Nicole said “We met and we were partners from day one. And from the second we found out we were going to be parents together, we looked at each other and we said, 'Okay, both of our parents are divorced.'

"We both have had ups and downs with our parents and we don’t really have a strong example of what a healthy family life is. But, we’re recognising that now, so let’s work at it and let’s go through this together as a team’.”

Nicole went on to say that she is learning how to be a parent every day and that “there’s always room for improvement” but she talks to other mums and tries to figure out “the best way to have a strong relationship with our kids.”

As to her own parenting, Richie said, “I have to always come from a place of love and compassion with them. My kids operate best when I let them have a voice.
"I really explain things to them, because really, kids want to be told the truth. They just do. They just want you to be truthful. They can feel it and they know you. And they know you more than you know yourself.”

Nicole and Joel are mum and dad to six-year-old daughter Harlow and four-year old son Sparrow.

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