Richie was hilarious in the scene with Zen Jen -- his expression was priceless! I’m right there with you, Richie. However, a little smudging here and there doesn’t bother me, I’ll take all the help I can get!
Caroline, I never have my comments posted so I hope this will be the exception today because I feel I am speaking for so many others on the subject of Teresa. I know you call her "friend" but honestly . . . why? You were all having a great time at Kathy's home until she showed up to stir the pot. She never has anything nice to say and is completely paranoid. Kathy tried to extend herself and Teresa was disrespectful, just as she was when she was a guest at Melissa's home. She has some major anger issues and is disrespectful and spiteful. I know you are trying to give her the benefit of the doubt, but after seeing so many of the last several episodes, there is no reason for you to be friends with her. She is obnoxious and treats people so poorly. To use the excuse that she treats you well, is not a good enough one. We all know that our friends are a direct reflection on who we are as people, so I think it is about time you see her for what she is. Dump her because it is looking poorly on your judgment. You can only make excuses for her so long. Why don't you ever call her on these things when she does them at someone's place. Kathy is such a lovely gal who has tried to extend herself and Teresa continues to treat her like dirt. You need to move toward Kathy and Melissa and move away from Teresa. And don't even get me started on the thug she is married to! We all know you feel the same way about him, but won't say anything unkind about him on camera. Dump Teresa!
I felt for Jacqueline in this episode. I pray for her and her family and hope that she and Ashley mend their relationship.
Hoping that all is better for J. And Ashely! I have the same problem under my roof and praying that we have a good outcome as well!
Bravo I agree lets all wish them peace and love. I hope this is done with every cast member. Also not putting anyone down in your blog is so refreshing thank you. Thank you for always flying below the drama and trying to see reason in it all
Dear Caroline, I really admire the way you brought up those kids. I have to small babies...and I will be very honest: Ashleys age scares me. I feel like a stone reaches my own stomach when I see the way she speaks to her mother. Its very sad, I feel for her mother being a mother myself. I wish that this is only a "breeze" and goes better with time. I really wish them the best, that poor mom could take a break! Until then I really apreciate you guys sharing these episodes of your lives, I bet we all can relate once in a while and its mostly so entertaining! You are my favourite, very collected, strong personality... I trully admire you. Have a great night:) Krysia
Caroline - coming from an Italian family, if I ever spoke to my parents the way Ashley talks to her Mom, I would have had the wooden spoon, a smack across the mouth, and a packed suitcase to show me the door. I thought Teresa was very impolite at Kathy's house making fun of the Middle Eastern Food and expecting men to be serving them. She comes across as really not being too bright - especially that she was expecting a Norwegian storm. Your brother Chris is a saint.
So Caroline it's noticeable that you don't say a word about Teresa now in your blogs. I know you mean it as an insult now, to not mention her at all. Too bad you didn't do this earlier when you and Jacqueline decided to place all of your critique solely on Teresa. Anybody watching this show knows that Melissa and Kathy are not completely blameless in the family problems. They both are rather immature and sneaky for constantly gossiping about Teresa behind her back, yet later saying "She's family, we support her". The fact of the matter is, there were no problems between Teresa, you and Jac. Now there is. Melissa, especially, enjoys watching a wedge being driven between all of you. And that's a shame that you two are willing participants.
So over Theresa. "Bitter-party of one" attitude. The more time passes, the more foolish she makes herself look.
I was very impressed that you have been so kind to Kathy. Showed you made your own judgements and opionion.
Caroline....Jackie really needs to lighten up with Ashley, Tough love is great if it is sprinkled with a little of love....everytime I see Jackie interacting with her daughter, there is no love involved in there interactions... it is just constant intensity, immaturity, playing the victim role, in your face drama....the list goes on and on. And please do not say that is what the Italians do. Love big and fight big. Here in Texas, we call it a dysfuntional family.
Hi Caroline :)
Lauren handled Ashley so well..Ashley does not get it she is always crying me, me, me!! uugghhhh..but she is young and she will grow up it's just hard to see her not get it about anything ya know???
Melissa stirred the pot by putting her own spin on her Teresa story about Ritchie, why would she do that at Kathy's party before guests come?? Kathy was so excited and in a good mood having a girls night creating a great atomosphere and there she goes stirring it up..thanfully there is proof vis RHONJ episode :))...Teresa needs to learn to share the spot light sometimes Katy deserved her moment for sure. The food looked amazing.
I think your brother Chris is an amazing step-dad, father and husband...he truly is a good man....Take care can't wait until next week
to watch you be the voice of reason, to watch you admit when you are wrong and to apoligize and open your heart to whats right in this world. Ofcourse Ashley can change....she does come off as being selfish but what 20 yr old isnt out for themselves and have that Im invinsible and the me, me, me attitude? Kudos for you to make everyone see we should not judge and just pray for Ashley and Jacquelines relationship to heal then grow in a mature matter! Thanks for all u share Caroline, u r amazing!!!
Caroline you are a great lady and I love watching you on bravo. Tonights episode was hard to watch I feel for Jacqueline and I totally understand what she is going through. I used to be Ashley. My mother was a single mother and she raised my brother and I all on her own and she used to tell me I wouldn't understand what she went through until I had kids of my own. And the famous " When you grow up and have a daughter you will have twice as hard as I had it." She was so right. Looking back on things I wished I had been a better daughter to my mother and been helpful instead of making things harder for her. The day will come when Ashley will realize, as I did, that her Mother loved her and made the sacrifices that she made for her. Hopefully when she does realize it she will tell Jacqueline, like I told my Mom, how sorry she is for all the hurt she caused her. I really hope and pray that things get better for Jacqueline and her family. Good luck to you all.
I really enjoy watching you and your family. Through your ups and downs , your highs and lows, laughs and tears. It's real stuff and it's nice to know that your just like everybody else. I applaud your guts, your wonderful attitude towards life, how you truly seem to have it together. You show just how human you are and just how lovely of a person you are, and you seem to have such a great family. You all work hard and appreciate just how good you have it. I don't see any of you taking life for granted. Your all great! Have a wonderful end of the Summer and enjoy the upcoming Autumn!
PS: I use to live in New York years ago, and my friends and I always drove to New Jersey to shop! Fond Fond Memories of a Good Chapter in My Life :) I think of it every time your show Airs!
I lost my dad last Dec., He stayed in a funeral home for two mounths before I could get the money together to bury him. My husbands dad just past & we can not go to his service this week because it is Oregon. I hope Ashley does change & realizes she has alot of people that love her.
You stayed neutral. I am glad. You know that Teresa is having the toughest time in her life. You even admit that she seems to try to glide over her troubles. You saw her in the lawyer's office saying that she is not sure what she can say. She is nervous, whether she says it or not. Then she has these family members show up on the show and we have to be honest that the timing of their arrival is suspect. Then you yourself see that they are all of a sudden friends or at least inviting Kim G to parties. The lawyer shows up. To me it does seem that Teresa is being set up to lose it. I don't blame her for not trusting her sister in law and cousin. You have to see that they are doing some strange things. Kim G even gets on your nerves and you said that she has inserted herself into your life just like she is trying to do with Melissa - to cause trouble. Teresa is not on her best behavior, but her world is falling apart and her family members are against her no matter what they say. They talk about her constantly. Even at your New Years Eve bash, Melissa speaks to a group of your girls about how Teresa is acting. And she is always saying, "Well Kathy says that you said some things to her that were mean." These statements tell me that she has taken a solid side against Teresa. So when Teresa is in the room with them, she feels alone. Caroline, you should step in and take all three of these women and have a conversation and make them clear the air.
As for Ashley, she needs to go. You wouldn't tolerate it. Let Ashley go out there and live with friends. She is too disrespectful and she could care less. I understand that she feels the comments about taking care of her make her feel like her parents blame her birth on her mother not making what she wanted of her life, but that still does not give her the right to talk about her like that. My mom got on my nerves when I lived with her. But it was up to me to get out. Not my mom. And after I moved out, we got along great. But, never was I outright disrespectful to her. Its not acceptable.
There was a time when you and your husband were having similar issues with your daughter , and her finding her direction . I think you all came through brilliantly ! But lets face it there were some shaky scenes and I hope that Jaq. looks at maybe listening and building her daughter up a little to help her visualize and reach for those goals rather then doing this tit-for tat BS. In fact Mrs Manzo your daughter even said to her something like "You already feel like you failed them so you aren't worried about letting them down.." - I thought that was very insightful. Sorry Mrs Manzo but I think you dealt much differently with these types of growing pains and I wish Jaq would look back at that instead of doing all this yelling and finger pointing and tearing up her 20 year old daughter. ..
Caroline, Lauren made a great point that I would bet explains a good deal of where Ashley is coming from with her parents. She feels she has already disappointed them. Sometimes it's very obvious even for us viewers, who don't know her, that she doesn't like the dynamics that exist between her parents and herself, but she doesn't know how to turn it around. I hope before the season's end we get to see the brighter side of Ashley (she does have one) so people will offer positive feedback to water down the huge amount of negativity that has been blasted her way.
Caroline, I think you're great and love watching you and your family. I did, however, disagree with you on one thing this week. It's the comment you made about kathy and that she was misjudged. I know you can't see all the other moments until you watch it on tv, but really, this week, she was SHOCKING in her behavior. She was soooo rude to Theresa. No, Theresa's not a saint, but Kathy enjoys talking about her behind her back and to the camera. Kathy is playing to you, wanting to draw you in and wanting you to take sides. Don't fall for it. Kathy is NOT what she pretends to be.
Jacqueline, is such a wonderful person- I think it's just one those cases where the DAUGHTER is clearly JEALOUS of the MOTHER for what ever reason. So sad!! Maybe you should write a book on how to discipline your children- I think that would be a number one seller for you Caroline.
Until then take care,
Caroline you tell it like it is .Thank You! I had a wonderful compliment from my 17yr old grandaughter, after speaking with her. She told me I reminded her of Caroline from New Jersey Housewives, that I her grandma gives great advice ( I was tickled pink, I think I popped 2 buttons) THANK YOU for your great insite. You'll make a great grandma someday too!! JudyClune
Caroline you speak the truth! Love your family and I wish Jacqueline all the best. She is obviously a good mother who is just at the end of her rope. Maybe it's time to cut the ties and let Ashley fly on her own. She may just surprise us all. :)
You are so right with every piece of advice you give. I am Italian too and was raised to respect my parents. All it took was a look from my father and I was shaking in my shoes. We knew not to cross the line. It seems like that line has been lost somewhere in the sands of our Jersey shore. I am glad to see how respectful your children are and how they have reached out to help Ashley as someone of the same generation. There will be peace and harmony, because no matter what, they do all love each other.
I do agree that we should wish Jacqueline and her family the best. This confrontation with Ashley has been a long time coming. I hope they work it out. I think Teresa is beginning to crack and her comments keep getting meaner and more divisive. I hope she is feeling better now, but obviously she was in a bad place for a while.
Caroline, I get the feeling that Jacqueline sees the wonderful relationship that you have with your children and she feels cheated because she is not at that point with Ashley right now. She needs to know that all children are different and while Ashley has been very fortunate, she did not have the exact same upbringing that your children did and so the dynamic is not going to be exactly the same. It's not because Jacqueline failed as a parent, it was just a different situation. Ashley is not the only 20 year old to have issues to work through. I thank God that my 20 year old self was not filmed and shown to the world! It takes some of us a little longer to find direction and to appreciate family. With last week's RHOBH tragedy I would hope the viewers would re-evaluate the way they attack participants of these shows, but I can see Ashley is still having a lot of hatred thrown her way. Please, those of you who are close to her, let her know that she is not alone and there are many of us out here that may not condone her behavior all the time but still worry for her and support her. Take care of each other. I do not want to see any more tragedy. Thank you.
Caroline- gotta be honest here...Ashley's behavior is that of a selfish immature pre-teen, not a 20 year old young woman. Your brother and Jacqueline tried, but Ashley seems so wrapped up in herself, her wants, her needs, her self pitty (although she's been privledged) it borders on mental illness. I feel sad for Jacqueline. She and your brother did their best. Ashley really needs a dose of reality- as in, not making a single dollar using her association with the show to create a "brand" for herself. She needs a real hard knocks awakening. YOUR daughter, on the other hand, is beautiful inside and out. You should be very proud of Lauren! And just so Lauren knows, she handles herself so well, the audience is NOT looking at her and thinking "oh, she's overweight." If Lauren didn't bring it up on the show, the audience would NOT have thought of it at all. Her true inner beauty shows through, and she is an attractive and bright young lady.
I agree with caroline about ashley . her behavior towards her mom is awful iwould have to knock that chip off her shoulder . she is just to disrespectful who calls there mother a bitch and gets away with it she need some real tough love the old school kind . and if she was my daughter she would get it .
Bravo (no pun intended) for steeping up and admitting to Kathy that you hadn't given her a chance in the beginning... You are awesome Caroline Manzo. Now your other friend Teresa is breaking down right before our eyes. Her financial troubles are turning her into a VERY unpleasant person and it's becoming hard to watch her.. You give such sound advice, can't you help her pah-leaseeee??
Over a year ago, I was going through something similar that Jacqueline is going through with my daughter. I hardly recognized the sweet, funny, loving child I (literally) grew up with. It was awful, gut-wrenching and extremely painful and I couldn't get past, "how could she do this to me. I gave up everything for her...how can this be happening?!?" My mom gave me some excellent advice...surround her with faith and love. It was so difficult especially when this rebellious, hateful brat was in my face but I eventually took her words to heart and started praying for her and believing that God could make the difference since my attempts had completely failed.
It was a process (thankfully not a long one) but I am so happy to say that my sweet child has returned. :) She began dating a man she had known for years and this Spring they were married. She is happy, content, well-adjusted, well-loved and is thrilled with life more than she ever has been before.
I feel for Ashley. I see that she's in pain but it doesn't give her the right or excuse to behave the way she's been behaving. Sometimes the hardest thing for us to do as a parent isto let go but that is exactly what has to happen in some cases so that these full of potential children can get past all of the junk. Hanging on just prolongs the pain and can eventually lead to Ashley becoming completely ineffective as an adult. Always blaming her problems on someone else or her circumstances, she can reach middle-age burned out, depressed with nothing to show for her life and having to somehow live with the disappointment of all of her unfulfilled potential.
I have faith that she'll get it together. She's a beautiful, talented wonderful girl who just seems to be in a lot of pain right now...but she doesn't have to stay there. She can get past it.
As for Lauren...I love her. She is a wonderful human being brimming with the potential for so many good things. I hope she can look past the insecurities (that we as women all have by the way) and see what the rest of the world sees. A smart, cool, fun, loving, amazingly, beautiful young woman who can have anything she wants in life.
You're amazing Caroline! I never watched the Housewives franchise until New Jersey and because of you and your family...I'm hooked! Thank you for sharing your lives with us. Be blessed.
hi caroline, im writing this in hopes that somehow ashley can read this. im 26 yrs old, my mother had me at 17 and she had 3 more children after me. my father left us when i was 6 and since then my mom has fought and struggled to raise us as best as she could. we never had any luxuries or nice things, but one thing i always had was love from my mother. i grew up to be a very understanding person because of what i saw my mother go through. i never hold anything against her and always thank her for never giving up. its really upsetting to watch ashley treat her mom that way. jacqueline has given her everything and she is ungrateful and holds things against her. she needs to thank her mom for everything she has and tell her mom "mom, its my turn to pay you back for everything you have done for me and im goin to do that by goin to school get a job and make you proud of the person you raised me to be." ashley if you do get to read this all i can say is treat your mom with respect and love her because when you feel you have nobody in this world, know that your mother will always be there for you. i hope things get better for you and your family. -Ivonne
Jaqueline is a great mother! Sad to see that her daughter doesnt appreciate the love and support she has from all her family. She is so disrespectful to her parents and thinks she knows it all. She needs tough love!
Caroline, you are such a wonderful wife, mother and friend. I WISH I knew you personally. I'd love to ring you up sometimes when I feel I'm up against a wall. I pray for your wisdom. I also wish I was 30 yrs younger. I'd try my best to become your daughter-in-law by marrying Albie. LOL All kidding aside. Your children are a testament to what a wonderful mother and mentor you are....
I do hope that Jacqueline, Chris, and Ashley can work things out.I enjoyed watching everyone shake their asses lol.
Caroline, I have somethimg about Theresa I want to say. Before this season I was not a big Theresa fan, I thought she flaunted her spending to much. This season I did not like how Bravo seemed to try and tear her down. They brought to the show a inlaw and distance cousin she was having family problems with during a time when her family was aready going through financial problems.She was caught off guard by this. I am glad she has been handling everything with a smile and she is not letting Bravo break her down and cause her to do any harm to herself. I believe if she was not as strong as she is might not be able to get through this. Do you think the other women would have been able to handle this is put in a situation like this. When people judge how Theresa is handling her family I wonder how they would be able to deal with it if their family member they may not be getting along with was suddenly brought on the show and kept airing negative things their family was saying about them. What are your thoughts.
Caroline , I soooooo love you... I'm surprised to see you mentioned nothing about Teresa. Sometimes no words speaks Louder then anything... I get it. She's changing. I dont know if she just very defensive??? But it's good that she has a very well spoken , strong , compassion , very very smart friend. I hope everything works out. Oh and just FYI... I'm soooo in love with Albie...lol..hahah . I wish ALL the time I had a mother like you. Maybe my life wouldve been different. Xoxoxo lots of love...
Hi Caroline, I owe you an apology as well. At first I didn't know if I liked you either. ;) You are now on my official LOVE List Malady! xo Please tell Lauren that she is so beautiful just the way she is. I know what it feels like not to be happy in my own body, but she is a knock out and has no clue how she really appears to others. What Jacq and your Prince charming of a brother Chris are going through had me using a half a box of tissues last night. I had troubles with my youngest son, although I did not have the blessing of a husband like your brother or the priceless love and support of a big family as yours is. I hope they know that yours and Kathy's family are sadly not the norm these days as the kids will dial 911 if you so much as threaten to raise a hand to them. (from experience!) You cannot buy their love either. I tried to give my son not just a car, but a home I owned and it was all for naught. My guilt was not being able to be home with my sons since I was a divorced mother with no family to help me. Everyone wishes they had a family and a husband like Albert or Chris in their life. Love you. xo
As always, a nice blog. Anyone with teenagers knows that it can be a difficult time for them, and it needs love, compassion and a whole lot of patience. Some of us have been fortunate not to have a lot of problems with our teenagers (I have 4). However, I agree with you and your comments during the episode, that sometimes "tough love" is required. I have to say that if my child was behaving in that manner, filming her and her attitude for the public to see, would be out of the question. Ashley does not come off well at all. I do commend all of the parents for trying to talk to her and guide her, but in particular Jacqueline and Chris. Your brother has certainly given it his all in trying to get through to her, and I commend him as a stepparent for his love, patience and tenacity in a difficult situation. I hope Jacqueline will heed some of your advice when dealing with Jacqueline, because I completely agree with you. Continued success to you and your family.
My heart is breaking for Ashley. She is hurting and she does not have the tools to cope.
She needs her feelings to be respected and validated.
Listen, there is a reason for that anger, when people feel loved and supported they know it, they show it.
I am not a Jacqueline fan to begin with and I just hope she does not push her dadaughter completely away.
Love is learned and this family is toxic. Professional help, from a real professional Carline, as in with a license might hlep before there is just too much damage to be undone.
Caroline, I can't believe how you turned your back so quickly on tre. She didn't do nothing to you. She always been a good friend to you and jaq. What happen you always been making Small jabs at her even when she was your friend??? Your truly are really such a biotch treating her sil & cousin better after them two backstabbing biotches always bashing her down. I can't stand to watch the show anymore because of them, now you and jaq. Uggghhhh the show def sucks because it makes me sick watching you ladies act poorly. Team tre all the way!
You really make sick watching you act caroline! You can have mel & kat as ur bffs because hopeful one day it will turn right back on you.
Caroline, i just want to tell you my heart is with Jacqueline, 20 plus years ago I walked a mile in her shoes...I knoe it's hards for her to hear now . as it was hard for me to hear then, but assure Jacqueline that Ashley is hearing what she's saying. I know because today not only is my daughter successful in her own right, I have a beautiful and successful grandaughter. And no it won't be easy... and yes there will be more tears... they're both just strong women who are finding it hard for Ashley to grow up... my prayers for both...
Carolina how in the world can you stand being around Teresa she is so negative and just plain mean , sorry but you can talk to her until you are blue in the face and it just seems to go in one ear and out the other .She seems so shallow!
Finally!!!! Thank you for apologizing to Kathy. I never thought she was the bad guy. I am soooooooooo glad you guys are finally seeing Teresa for what she is. IMMATURE!
Team tre all the way! You straight turned your back on her, nice friend true friend. Just like danielle s. Said your world will tumbling down behind you...lol
Maybe the best use of your talents as a peacemaker would be to have a serious talk with Melissa and Kathy about how to be a true support system to a relative with really serious problems. Maybe, just maybe, you could lead the way by example.
The old Caroline blogs are back. This blog was upliftinag and filled with hope that two wonderful parents can mend their relationship with their daughter. I am praying for the three of them. You are better off keeping negatives comments to yourself reguarding the Gorga's, Guidices and the Walkiles. These families are not ready to mend a fence. I know you don't like Teresa any more, but you have to admit the branches Melissa and Kathy are handing to Teresa are not from an olive tree. Their branches are filled with squirrels ready throw acorns at Teresa. Teresa is forced to play defence by picking up the acorns and throws them back in their faces. She's already upset dealing with a $260,000 judgement against her husband; that she did not need to hear lies in front of her face reguarding Melissa's and Kathy's denial of thier knowledge of the fued between her and Kim G.