Real Housewives of New Jersey’s Caroline Manzo Shares What She’s Learned About Motherhood

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The Real Housewives of New Jersey matriarch Caroline Manzo is mom to three now-adult kids: Lauren, Albie and Chris.  She’s the voice of reason on her hit reality show, she has written a book sharing her sage advice and is now getting her own spinoff featuring her family.  The celebrity mom shares some tidbits of information as she reflects on her experience of being a mom for 27 years.

First, she shares that no matter how old our kids get, they are still our babies.  “they will be my babies forever and always, when they’re 85 I’ll be asking them if they ate and to put a coat on if it’s cold outside. That’s my role and I’ve played it well for the past 27 years.”

Caroline shares that there is no guide and no “correct” way to parent/mother.  She feels that it’s just what’s in our heart.  “we can sit and read every book on motherhood out there and outline the perfect scenario of a parent/child relationship on paper, but that’s not a realistic approach at all. Motherhood is trial and error of the heart and soul. If I can teach a new mom anything it would be: go with your gut, love with all of your heart, and don’t be so hard on yourself!  Expect to make some mistakes, learn from them, each and every child is as individual as a snowflake, find your own rhythm, and march to the beat of your own drum.”

Amen, Caroline!  Aaaamen!

Have you read Caroline’s book “Let Me Tell You Something”? Are you looking forward to her new spinoff show “Manzo’d With Children”?

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Caroline Manzo Shares Photo Of Her Nephew Nick Laurita

Despite the superstorms and the crazy weather they’ve been getting in New Jersey (all the snow!) the Manzo and Laurita families are staying warm by staying together. Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo tweeted this adorable photo of Jacqueline Laurita‘s son Nicholas hanging out with his Uncle Al at the Manzo mansion on Thursday afternoon.

Tell us Babyrazzi readers, have you been affected by Superstorm Sandy and the Nor’easter up north?

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Daughters Of ‘The Real Housewives’ Talk To Glamour Magazine About Their Mothers’ Fame

The Real Housewives is one of Bravo’s biggest reality hits.  The daughters of five ‘Housewives’ sat down with Glamour Magazine’s May issue to dish on what it’s like to live their life in front of the cameras.

Lauren Manzo, daughter of Caroline Manzo- Real Housewives of New Jersey:

On her improved attitude about body image…

“When the show started to become more popular, I had these younger girls say to me on Twitter and Facebook, “I look up to you; I love the fact that you’re not a size 2.” I said to myself, You know what? All these other women are struggling. Let’s put this on the show.”

On being a reality star…
“I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t get caught up in being on TV for a little bit. I said to my boyfriend, Vito, a while ago, “I found a ring that I want. Go buy it, and we’ll get married on TV.” And then I said to myself, That’s not what I want right now. It doesn’t make sense to get married. I need to become a woman on my own. And I don’t think I could do that right now with a ring on my finger.”

Pandora Sabo, daughter of Lisa Vanderpump- Real Housewives of Beverly Hills:

On whether or not to film her wedding…

“I’m a more private person than my mother is. So when Jason proposed, we had to think about how we were going to do this wedding. My mother’s life is on television, but mine really isn’t. I didn’t mind that the planning was on TV, because, to be honest, it’s quite nice to have a record of that. Who else gets to relive picking out their invitations or their bachelorette party?  When it came to the actual day, my mother said, “However you want to do it is OK.” I didn’t let Bravo film any of the wedding. I had a regular videographer like many people do. I edited the footage, then chose what I wouldn’t mind people seeing, and we gave eight minutes of it to Bravo to use.”

The hardships of being a reality star…
“I feel like my life is filled with a bunch of one-sided conversations. Everybody knows everything about me, and I know nothing a bout anybody else.”
Briana Culberson, daughter of Vicki Gunvalson- Real Housewives of Orange County:

Her attitude towards all of the press…
“The first season, we were kind of shocked because you would google our names and we’d come up. That was huge. At first we were like, “Why are we so important?” Then people would say, “Brianna looks like this” or “Vicki’s fat,” and we’d all be crying about it. Since the first season we haven’t looked at any blogs. I try not to read the press or dig around and see what everyone’s opinion is of us.”

The downsides of being a reality star…
“I’ve seen every episode that’s aired. It’s hard to watch them. Nobody likes to hear their own voice, and it’s weird to see yourself on TV. It’s really tough to see the family things replayed, like my parents split. I’d experienced it six or eight months before, then had to relive it on TV, and that’s when it becomes public. People are approaching me, saying, “I cant believe your parents are getting divorced!” And it reopens the wound.”

Victoria de Lesseps, daughter of Countess LuAnn de Lesseps- Real Housewives of New York City:

How the show affected her school life…
“At my school, everyone’s really down-to-earth. But before, when I was at boarding school, there were some instances when I thought teachers were harder on me because of the show. My roommate would ask for extra help and I would ask for extra help, and I wouldn’t get it. The teacher would make comments to me–nothing bad–but I’d notice it. I can feel when there’s a weird tension.“

Tierra Fuller, daughter of Shereé Whitfiled- Real Housewives of Atlanta:

On being too emotionally invested in the show…
“I find myself getting very angry when I watch the show. Then I’ll talk to my mom, and she’s like, “You know, you can’t get too emotional about it.””

The weird aspects of reality TV fame…
“One time I went back to Nashville for the TSU homecoming, and this older lady came up to me and was like, “Can I get your autograph?” People still give autographs? I thought that was weird.”

On the plus sides of The Real Housewives…
“My mom is doing her thing; I’m trying to get her to make her own workout DVD or her own juicer. A lot of opportunities come out of reality shows, and my mom is my role model.”

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‘RHONJ’ Jacqueline Laurita Will “Never Speak To Teresa Again”

Talk about holding grudges!

After the explosive Real Housewives of New Jersey reunion, Jacqueline Laurita is vowing to never speak to Teresa Giudice again.

And Jacqueline isn’t the only one staying away from Giudice. Caroline Manzo “hasn’t spoken to Teresa in months,” a source says of the pair, who recently wrapped up shooting season four of the Bravo hit. “Every time they get together to film, everyone’s fighting with Teresa.”

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