"Eggs at three o'clock in the morning," she says.

on Dec 3, 2010 - The Dish0

Caroline Manzo and husband Albert Manzo
In Franklin Lakes, NJ, Caroline Manzo seems like the mother who all other moms on the block strive to emulate — but the protective matriarch says that wasn't always the case. The Real Housewives of New Jersey star says that when her children were young, she confesses it was a struggle to balance her sanity and husband Albert's long working hours.

"Before we had the kids, we always made time for each other, even if it meant going to a diner for eggs at three o'clock in the morning! Naturally, things changed once we became parents," Caroline tells MSN. "At the ripe old age of 28, I found myself spending the bulk of my days and nights alone with three children. I'm not going to sugarcoat it — there were times when I just sat and cried out of sheer frustration, exhaustion and even boredom."

What helped Caroline turn into the secure woman (and ham game referee) that she is today?

"For those of you who are facing similar struggles today, you need to know one thing: it's temporary," the fiery red-head advises. "Find other moms in the same situation as you. Trust me, they're out there! Not only does it benefit the kids to interact with other children, but it also allows you time for adult conversation, friendship, and maybe an understanding shoulder to cry on when you need it." Oh, sweet Caroline.

6 comments
#1 Nana fm MD
#1 Nana fm MD

I understand. My husband was on shift work for years. it is hard.

Toni G
Toni G

I admire your family and how they work at life's challenges. BRAVO! to your family.

Lynn Rossy
Lynn Rossy

you are the class act of the show- great mom,wife,sister,friend....the others should aspire to be more like you....Deena should come back also- love her style and beauty-she is a class act too!

Lynn Rossy
Lynn Rossy

You are the class act of the show-the others should aspire to be the kind of mom and wife and person you show yourself as on the show!!! And I wish your sister would come back on too- Love her style and beauty and think she handles herself in a classy way also- Come back Deena!

KiminFlorida
KiminFlorida

And this is why you are the matriarch and so many love you Caroline! Nothing but love and best wishes!!