Recently I was at a mum’s night out when “The Real Housewives” came up. One of the ladies at the table rolled her eyes and said, “Ugh, it’s so terrible. There’s nothing good about those shows.”
That’s when I chimed in.
See, I’m what you’d call an unapologetic Reality TV watcher, which means I don’t just watch one series of “The Real Housewives” — I watch them all. When it comes to books and news, I’m a total snob. But when it comes to TV, I’ve got no pride. And I’m not afraid to admit that I love Gina, Andrea, Nene, Bethenny and all the cat-fighting ladies who call themselves real housewives.
And even though every episode of RHW (wherever it’s based) is filled with fights, gossip and innuendo, there are also a few redeeming qualities. In fact, if you pay close attention there’s much to be learned from the ladies of Melbourne, New York, Orange County, Miami, Atlanta and Beverly Hills (I told you I watched them all!). After all, most of them were mums long before they became Realitylebrities. That means they provide a ton of parenting lessons, cautionary tales and all. Take note.
1. Every teenage girl will give her mum grey hair. — Jacqueline Laurita, RHONJ
2. Some kids have to learn the hard way, no matter what you do. — Lauri Peterson, RHOBH
3. When it comes down to it, kids are loyal to their parents (even if they don’t always agree with them). — Jacqueline Laurita, RHONJ
4. If you let your kids live at home too long, they’ll never want to leave. — Caroline Manzo, RHONJ
5. No matter what, kids grow up to emulate their parents. — Kim Zolciak, RHOA
6. Kids benefit when their parents have a classy divorce. — Luann de Lesseps, RHONY
7. Even if you lie to your kids, they’ll eventually figure out the truth. — Teresa Giudice, RHONJ
8. Nobody respects a deadbeat dad. — Slade Smiley, RHOC
9. Sometimes the only thing you can do is give your kids tough love. — NeNe Leakes, RHOA
10. No matter how old they are, boys like to pee everywhere but the toilet. — Brandi Glanville, RHOBH
11. It takes a ton of patience to raise a Milania (*and every family has a Milania). — Teresa Giudice, RHONJ
12. No matter how much help you have, being a mum is still a full time job. — Heather Dubrow, RHOC
13. There is such a thing as spending too much money on your children. — Taylor Armstrong, RHOBH
More mum parenting advice:
- I Refuse to Apologise for Being ‘Attached’ to My Daughter
- 5 Things I Won’t Do for My Kids (No Matter What)
- Girl Mums: Quit Talking Smack About Little Boys