In light of her incredible successes – as both a reality star and an author – and it’s hard to imagine Bethenny Frankel growing up in a less than nurturing home, however, that’s exactly what she faced as a young girl. The 40-year-old mom-of-one, who latest book is titled A Place of Yes, recently opened up to Life & Style about giving her daughter, Bryn, a different kind of childhood.
“I get to be the type of mother that I want to be,” says the former Housewives star. “Bryn’s so lucky: she has two parents who so appreciate her.”
At the tender age of four, Bethenny lost her own father when he abandoned the family, paving the way for a pained childhood: “My mom and stepfather used to drop me off at this woman’s house, where I’d stay for weeks at a time.”
In July, she told PEOPLE she “never had a true childhood”: “There was a lot of destruction: alcohol abuse, eating disorders and violent fights.”
Despite her hardships growing up, Bethenny is determined to turn things around for her own baby, who is nearing her first birthday.
We don’t have to give our children the same life we had. It’s about breaking the chain and doing it your own way. For me, having Bryn is breaking the chain.
And speaking of her gorgeous little girl, the proud mama is thrilled to announced her sweetheart’s latest accomplishments: “She’s crawling and pulling herself up to stand, and she has five teeth!”
“She’s becoming a big girl!”
Bryn is the first baby for Bethenny and her husband, Jason Hoppy, who will celebrate their first wedding anniversary this Monday (March 28).