Melissa thinks it’s important to shield innocent eyes from the anger of adult world — plus she shares her parenting advice in a HollyBaby.com exclusive video interview!
The Real Housewives of New Jersey star Melissa Gorga is constantly dealing with her sister-in-law Teresa Giudice attacking her. But while their turbulent relationship is shown in almost every RHONJ episode, Melissa feels that it’s important to shield her three young children — Antonia, 6, Gino, 4 and Joey, 1 — from Teresa’s erratic behavior.
“You try to cover it up as much as you can and for as long as you can,” Melissa tells HollyBaby.com exclusively. “There’s no reason why a young child should see their aunts or uncles or any grown adults not being able to get a long. They just want to love their aunts. The want to love their uncles. So to bring them in is selfish and it’s mean. Just to make them side with you, it’s terrible.”
But while Melissa is battling Teresa on-screen, off screen Melissa is busy trying to balance her family life with her hectic filming schedule. “It’s difficult for me because I’m so used to being with them 24 hours a day,” she admits. “Now I have to take myself away sometimes and have a babysitter step in. It’s hard to let go because I want to be there for every single thing.”
Still, Melissa refuses to hire help. “I have no cooks, no nannies, no housekeepers, none of that,” she shares. “I like doing it myself. If it ever gets to a point where I’m completely overwhelmed, then of course you have to. For now I’m good.”
Melissa knows it’s important to make time for her kids. “When I’m home, we’re all sitting down together,” she explains. “We eat dinner together. My husband has a lot of the same values as I do, which works great for us because we teach our children a lot of respect for their parents and to spend time with us. We don’t just plop them in front of a TV and walk away. We want to talk to them. We sit around the dinner table together every single night.”
She advises other parents to do the same: “Spending a lot of time with them, as much as you possibly can, sit with them [and] eat dinner with them.”
Melissa has the little family she has always dreamed about and doesn’t want to have anymore kids. “I’ve always said I want three children,” she reveals. “That was my number whether they were three girls, three boys. I have the boys, I have my one little princess, so I’m happy.”
– Lindsey DiMattina
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