Bethenny Frankel loves being a mom to her seven-year-old daughter Bryn Casey Hoppy but that doesn't mean she's all fun and games.
During a new interivew, the 46-year-old Real Housewives of New York City star revealed that she is “a fairly strict parent.”
“I don’t negotiate with terrorists,” Frankel joked to People magazine on August 1. “I’m liberal and I like to spoil, but I lay down the hammer when it’s time... Kids are like dogs. They have to know where the wee-wee pad is. ‘This is where you pee and this is where you don’t pee.’ ”
“My daughter’s extremely strong-willed and sassy and funny, and likes to beat a joke into the ground,” she continued. “Which makes me realize that’s my kid.”
Frankel welcomed daughter Bryn in 2010 after marrying Jason Hoppy. Years later, the couple called it quits and embarked on a messy, four-year divorce. Since then, Frankel has been sharing custody of Bryn with Hoppy and doing her best to spend as much time as she can with her child.
“I’m proud that I don’t have a nanny and that when I am with my daughter, I’m 100 percent with her,” Frankel said. “So when I work, I work. And when I’m with my child, I’m with my child. I spend a lot of intense time alone with my kid.”
“I know there’s no perfect parent, and I’m very involved and very present,” she added. “I love it. If you love something, you’ll be good at it.”
To see more of Bethenny Frankel and her co-stars, including Ramona Singer, LuAnn de Lesseps, Carole Radziwill, Tinsley Mortimer, Sonja Morgan, and Dorinda Medley, tune into new episodes of The Real Housewives of New York City on Wednesdays nights at 9 p.m. on Bravo TV.