Denise Richards Worries About Charlie Sheen's Effect on Their Kids

Denise Richards live with Charlie Sheen anymore -- but she still has to live with the consequences of his bad behavior. Richards, 39, was married to Sheen, 45, from 2002 to 2006, and she's now trying to shield their daughters -- Sam, 6, and Lola, 5 -- from recent headlines like "Charlie Sheen Found Naked and Drunk in NYC Hotel Room." Richards claims that she can still keep her ex-husband's antics a secret from her daughters. However, friends say she's starting to worry about what will happen when they get older.

"Denise knows the girls are going to go through hell when they get old enough to understand all the ugliness," a source tells Us Weekly.

The girls may have already picked up on more than their mom knows; according to the magazine, they're "a little afraid" of their father, and clung very close to their mama during the family's New York City outing.

We don't envy Denise Richards' dilemma: what age is the right age to tell your daughters that their dad is an unstable, occasionally violent addict? We don't recall Dr. Spock covering that one.

While Richards tries to keep her daughters in the dark, Sheen may be privately attempting to get sober. Reports say that the actor has hired a "sober coach" to stay by his side at home and on the Two and a Half Men set. (He went back to work on Tuesday.) Apparently using a sober coach is a technique he's tried in the past, with -- as TMZ diplomatically puts it -- "mixed success." And Sheen may be even more out-of-control than we thought: according to Wednesday's Daily News, his meltdown at the Plaza Hotel was preceded by a "booze-filled binge" in Belize at the beginning of October. Hopefully, Denise Richards is keeping vacation photos away from the kids, too...

Do you think Denise Richards will be able to keep her daughters away from gossip about Charlie Sheen? Chime in below!

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