Kathy, I love watching yours and richs parenting. Your kids are wonderful. I just became a mother and I absolutely love it. You should really think about writting a parenting book!!!
It’s pretty obvious to everyone that we talk to our kids about growing up and the world we live in. Our approach as parents is to talk to them as much as possible. Often times we put a different spin on the subject we are addressing. You never know what they will relate to best. So we change it up and try to add some humor as well.
I always try to find a creative way to get the message through loud and clear. My talk with Victoria was more about her responsibility to herself. How making the right choices has an impact on perception, sending the right message and knowing how to handle the reactions you receive. That’s why I thought dress shopping was a creative way to start the conversation. The choices that we make as we grow up always have an impact on our future.
It’s so hard to find the right words when we talk to our kids. I think that’s especially true for mothers and daughters. No matter how hard we try, sometimes one word or the tone in our voices can turn a pleasant conversation into a shouting match. All we ever want to do is protect them. However that doesn’t always happen. Sometimes we just lose it.
Kathy, I love watching yours and richs parenting. Your kids are wonderful. I just became a mother and I absolutely love it. You should really think about writting a parenting book!!!
Hi Kathy, Just today I got to catch up on the season. In your confessional you revealed how devastated you would be if your children were at war. You see, I have six children, I am an only child (I call it "only child syndrome"). As they were growing up I would freak out if they fought or even if they were verbally mean to each other. You see, always, my greatest fear was that they would become estranged for some reason or another. As of now, my oldest is 25 and my youngest is 14. They complain all the time to me about each other but have learned to tolerate one another because they are a family and understand that each individual is unique. I just wanted to say I felt a connection with you. Take care, Kathie O'Donnell Bayonne, NJ
Ignore the comments blaming you for Teresa's bad behavior. It has nothing at all to do with you and she should be beyond ashamed of herself. Love you and your family! Class act all the way:-) A welcome addition to the show!
Kathy, you are a VERY talented cook. Your children are sweet but your husband needs to clean up his mouth at his age. He has a disgusting filthy mouth. If my father spoke like that, I would be embarrassed for him, my family, and for myself. Also, if you don't want grown men coming up to your daughter when you know she does not look her age, don't blame the guy. First, don't bring her into an adult environment with men, liquor, music and then let her loose by herself. Hello!
Teresa has a MAJOR problem with EVERYONE. She wants the spotlight, simple as that. She gives EVERYONE a hard time except Joe. She needs to open her eyes about him. He treats her any old way and she just loves on him. I give her credit because if my husband treated me like that, I'd kick him to the curb. I would tell him to find some manners with me, my brother and his wife. He's a pig.
Can't get over how impolite and downright rude Teresa was at your tasting party. Each episode this season her behavior has become more and more bizaree. You and your family are a welcome change from the insanity of the Guidices.
Kathy, after reading the comments it is clear that many people are supporting Teresa and blasting you. They are blaming you for making her life miserable for joining the show. If she is SO UPSET AND HURT doesn't it make sence for her to say i'm going thru a lot and need to put my family first and not re-new? Why are people so ignorant to put the blame on you? You are not responsible for her troubles, they brought this on their own thru their irresponsible and criminal behavior!
Kathy, stay strong and DON'T LISTEN TO THE HATE these people are ignorant and i'm sure tea baggers! You are FANTASTIC!!
Love from the west coast, ex new jersey girl.
Kathy you are a perfect example of an amazing mother! Please make a cookbook. I love how you embrace your Italian roots with your husbands Lebanese roots into your cuisines. You truly deserve the best, good luck with your restaurant plans!
I think you are a beautiful person, and you never mean harm on anyone. You are beautiful inside and out. I'm so glad you joined this season to show what an ugly person Teresa really is. She use to be my favorite on the show, but she acts like a petty child to her family, I'm huge on family, and that's just not right. Your amazing to everyone, I love who you are!
Dear Kathy--You are my new favorite housewife! I love your family, your passion for food, and your zany husband. lol Keep your head up, and resist the urge to lash back at Teresa, even when it's just you and the camera.
Well I guess we have to wait until you can come up with something horrible to say about Teresa and excuses for your weirdo husband.
Since when does choosing to air your family issues with Teresa help the situation? I believe you and Melisa teamed up to "expose" Teresa for what she is. She is a person struggling in all areas of her life and instead of truly trying to reconcile, you sign up for the show. Nobody put a gun to your head to do it. You both knew EXACTLY what you were doing. Shame on you both.
I really dont understand why you and Melissa joined the show...didnt you take teresa's feelings into account at alll?
Kathy, I think you are great addition to the show! Hope you work on a cookbook it is clear you have a passion for food and desserts. And it would be your own not your mother's or inlaws. I wonder if Teresa's mother and mother inlaw are getting a share of her cookbook considering most came from them....
I really try to like you, and I do until you are alone on camera making your comments about Teresa. You have absolutely no idea what it is like to be in the situation she has been , and yet you make sarcastic and hurtful comments about her when you are on camera alone. I would like you to imagine if Teresa did that about you, and what you and your family went through when your daughter was very ill with her brain issue that you talked about? I know it is not bankruptcy, but it was just as important and serious to you. So if Teresa suddenly now started commenting on it and making fun of you, how would you feel? You and your husband are not good family to Teresa, and I feel she has every right not to trust you and what you will say to the camera for laughs.
For the most part recipes are public domain. Theresa has never claimed that her cookbook was full of "original" recipes. The appeal is that they are "time-tested" recipes that are a part of her heritage and shared by other great cooks. Quit acting so petty and she should do the same in regard to saying you cook because of her.
Kathy I love you and your family and there is not one thing I have seen you say or do wrong this season. Keep being you...You and Rich have obviously worked hard to raise very beautiful, respectable children and should be proud. I put you right up there with Caroline (only because we knew her first) as an incredible Mother! I am trying to raise 17 years old twins on my own and am disabled. Yesterday the stress became too much because of the backlog in disability cases in my state is overwhelming. I have 5 weeks left of money I had saved before I loose my home. I am not worried about me, but putting these precious twins through another trauma in my their became too much. An ambulance had to be called because an anxiety attack turned into a full blown meltdown. I have been divorced for 6 years from a prescription addict and live my life for my kids. You give me strength to give it over to God to get me through this. Please pray for my family to get through this with minimal damage to my children and a home and school that they love.
Kathy, You appear to be a great mom, wife and friend. I was not surprised by Teresa's bad manners at your party, however I was surprised by Jaqueline supporting her bad behavior. It seems Teresa will pick a fight every chance she gets.
Wish you were my cousin! You and Rich and your adorable children are a great addition to this season. I enjoy the segments that include your family.
Why do you think Teresa is angry with you? Can you imagine someone saying that you didn't watch your kids? I see you as someone who is manipulative and WANTS TO DO A COOKBOOK! No wonder Teresa is bummed, her relatives just want what she has and will ruin the family to get it. I never see any of you really wanting to help her, just slam her in a passive aggressive manner.
IT SEEMS LIKE YOU HAVE BACKED OFF TRYING TO MAKE MORE TROUBLE FOR TERESA. HOPE YOU SEE THAT SHE IS HAVING A BREAKDOWN AND MELISSA IS STILL STIRRING THE POT. SHE TWISTED EVERYTHING TERESA SAID TO HER AROUND TO KEEP YOU FIRED UP. PLEASE LAY OFF TERESA AND SEE IF YOU CAN GET MELISSA TO STOP. SHE IS SO IMMATURE AND SHOWS A MEAN SPIRIT. DON'T BE LIKE HER.
I like you more each episode, and I love Richie. He is hilarious, and your kids seem nice and respectful--plus they're sooo cute.
You are the number one Goddess!! I wish you lots of success in your catering business, your food looks absolutely divine. You have such a good heart! I would be so luckly to have a cousin like you.
Kathy, You are such a sweet person, don't change for anybody. If you make a cookbook, I will buy it. I love the way you are handling the situation with Theresa, "GOOD JOB", each week, I liking you more and more, don't change :).
I think you are a wonderful mother and human being...I will not dare sit here and make any type of criticism based on hourly episodes that we the public view of you and your family. Keep smiling sweetheart, for some reason you bring warmth to the show...May God bless you and your beautiful family...
Kathy, I just want to say that I think you and your husband have a wonderful marriage and it shows through your children. God bless them, they are great kids. You did a very good job and I know it is difficult to have that "talk" with your daughter especially in today's world. Things are very different from when we were growing up. Everything back then was simpler and more innocent. I too came from a strict Catholic upbringing and I am the youngest in the family so I can understand the way Richie feels. My parents were married 59 years until my mom passed away 2 years ago. We are Puerto Rican so there are alot of similarities with our 2 cultures. Anyway, I love you and I wish you luck with the show and with your 2 children. I think Victoria is beautiful and Joseph is a good looking young man. Good Job!! Oh, Good Luck with your catering venture, I'm sure you will do great. All of those desserts on Thanksgiving were giving me cravings. It looked so delicious. I love any kind of dessert but I have a special liking to Tiramisu. I've been very sick since 2006 and my appetite is not what it used to be but looking at that I was wishing I could go through the TV to eat some. Yummy!! Take care and God Bless you and your family.
your husband is so sweet and attentive to you and your kids are wonderfully grounded. you are so very blessed! you seem nice enough, but it is clear you only joined the show to promote yourself. it's a free country, however, and everyone has the right to make a living that doesn't harm anyone else. good luck.
Kathy, I thought the talk that you had with your daughter was a wonderful thing, a lot of mothers do not talk to their girls about such things, but did you really think that it was a good idea to have it in the middle of a store. I think you should have done that in the privacy of your own home.
Kathy I think you and your family are great. Keep it real and you will shine thru all the drama and ugliness that is Teresa. keep on keeping on.
Kathy the way that you mentored your daugter regarding boys and "the talk" was so cool. You didn't talk down to her or make her feel uncomfortable one bit. Your relationship is lovely to see. As far as your dinner party, I thought you were very gracious and the bracelets were fabulous.
Kathy, I relate so much to you because of your love of cooking and obvious love of your children and family. I don't know what I would do if I didn't enjoy cooking. I live alone after 2 failed marriages and find not only does is bridge the time between coming home from work until evening but it lifts my spirits and encourgages me to be social. My family and friends also love my cooking. Please don't let the show change you. You are so normal. I don't think you will change because your mother is so natural and sweet. Both of your honesty comes shining through each week. We want to see more of your mother for sure! I hope you enjoy your husband's humor as much as we viewers do..he is hoot & a half!
Kathy,Rich +kids, It is really hard to imagine that your kids were ruff and tumble when they were little. I know all kids will act up, but I think Ter-eeee-sa is going to have major headaches with those girls. The quality of parenting in your home really shows through.
I did not like Jaqueline's nasty remarks about your daughter talking about homework and being home on a Friday. I honestly think Ashley was exposed to alot more than Jaq lets on now that she is married. That girl is really jaded.
I can see the difference of you having a sister and Teresa being the only girl in her family. She is spoiled rotten and it has flowed over into her adult life. You on the other hand have been raised not to be the center of attention and that shows on your behalf. Keep being the same person you are and don't let television ever change you. The higher one put themselves on a pedistal the longer the fall.
Goddess Party SO COOL !!!!!! It looked so lovely and fun, lots of fun. What a great idea and the food, yum yum. I have said this before but your husband is SO FUNNY, I love his sense of humor. Keep being the lovely person that you are.
Kathy I really would love to like you but I don't because you are not acting your age when it comes to Teresa. You are wiser than you let on, but you allow Melissa to bring you to her level and thats beneath you. I think you are a bigger and better person than what is being seen on this show and this includes your husband. He also needs to represent himself in the same light, because I am not convinced you all are these petty, silly people that we are seeing on this show. I think you and your husband are classy, intelligent people but you are not portraying your true selves on this show. Please dont forget your children are watching and you don't want to change who you are just to receive a paycheck and to be on television.
Kathy next time invite ME to your party and leave Teresa home. Your home looked beautiful and the food looked delicious. Your husband always makes me laugh and your kids are so sweet. You kept your cool when Teresa tried to pick a fight with Melissa. What a great hostess you were. Take care.
You can tell a lot about people when you meet their children. Both you and Caroline have the nicest kids around. In fact, I expect you and Caroline to become very close. You share the same values, are hard working and you family means everything to you. Your cooking is outstanding. It would be interesting to see if the Manzos might want to somehow utilize your services. I can see you doing weddings, showers, birthdays, etc. Your food is pure artistry.
I think that you and Caroline are my most favorite housewives on all of the series. You are well grounded. Don't change anything.
kathy...in the poker game of life, we are all big bluffers..we look one another in the eye and tell little white lies with such regularity that we forget there's a gap between what we are saying and what we are thinking. We play out social roles. we follow protocols. we say and do what's expected of us. (not all the time, of course. Not with everyone...) You have shown your hand before laying your cards out on the table... that is not good... usually when that happens, that person ends up losing everything...It is obvious that you did come on the show for the same reasons Danielle said Melissa came on. You and your husband seem to take pleasure in insulting your cousin Teresa during your Goddess party was just not goddess like to me...It was just cruel. You and your husband over analyze everything she does...(very dysfunctional) I think its time you learn to fold'em. Your game lacks class and humility! No i dont believe you that you are trying to make it right between you and teresa!
Honestly Kathy, when you make really insulting digs at Teresa like "Intelligence is another language to her", is it really any wonder why she doesn't like you?
Kathy just watched this weeks show and I thought you did so well difussing Theresa at your party well done! The food looked so good and I wish you all the luck on whatever path you choose for your business. I married a half lebanese half italian and it's tuff to fit grape leaves and humus in with lasagne! But I love the ethnicity of our family it makes for special holiday get togethers! Everyone loves to come to our house and eat because they get the best of both worlds. Good luck!
Kathy, you are doing a great job with your catering and your children. Tell Victoria to continue studying (Fri. night), she seems to have great habits. My own children followed the same study habits. I could tell this bunch of women were not used to that in a child. You and Rich are doing a good job, and Teresa is clearly filled with envy. She could not stand the fact that you were receiving compliments. Teresa is a person who needs to be the belle of the ball all the time.
Kathy, your children are beautiful, articulate, loving and sweet. WHY can't our husband complete a thought without vulgarity?! Its crazy, clean him up! You're adorable, you seem to try so hard with everything you do. Good luck!!
Before your husband openly criticizes Teresa for taking recipes from her mom and mother in law I think he should take a look at the middle eastern recipes you made which are probably from his family as well. Some of the best recipes are those which are passed down generations within families. Teresa is right- he is obsessed with her and you two seem jealous of her success. You and Melissa are so obviously promoting yourselves it's embarassing and boring to watch. You guys made this a boring season.
Kathy, What can I say it's a pleasure watching on the housewives your an example for young women like myself starting a new family. I saw that your daughter was sick and you faced an increbible hardship. At times, people tend to overlook the hardship others faces because we're so involve in our world. Keep doing what you are doing. May God continue blessing your home.
Btw, where did you get that beautiful tunic(white with crystal) Please do say... I've been googling all nights.. lol.. Thanks =0)
Kathy and Rich i just love your son he has the cutest expressions and i think he should go into acting. You are both lucky. HE'S A NATURAL
Kathy, You are the goddess that Teresa needs in her life, to teach her how to be a decent, loving, classy and gracious woman. Her sense of entitlement is completely unwarranted. She may not be a bad person, but she is a really sick person. We call it spiritually bankrupt. I have been a part of a goddess group. They are wonderful! Women giving to the universe what only women can. I strive to be the best woman I can, not just for myself, but to be an example to people like Teresa who obviously don't know how. I hope she get's into therapy SOON!! Just keep being the wonderful example that you are!!!! Gail Marie
Kathy, I adore you! You and your family are blessed. Wonderful examples you set for your children shows. Keep up the good work. I can totally relate to you as a person, mother and a wife. I love to cook and entertain as well. Having Teresa as a cousin must be difficult. She seems to be an unforgiving person. She was upset about the comment you made about her kids being left alone for a while during the fight at the christening. Tell her to rewatch that episode and she will see that is exactly what she did. It may not have been for long periods of time,(viewers dont know how long it was) but the camera filmed you getting the kids and watching them and Teresa nor Joe were anywhere around at that time. Teresa owes you an apology. Her mother verballly attacking you when she knew nothing about what really happend was way out of line! I couldnt believe Teresa' bad behavior at your food tasting. It was as if she went there looking to pick a fight. What makes her think that she is better than everyone else? Teresa talks as though she is stupid. Is she? She seems to live a lie. She is in denial. Making excuses for her husbands illegal behavior and acting as though they are wealthy. What will Teresa do once they are forced to sell that house that they obviously cannot afford? Drop off the show. She seems to have a need to keep up with the Jones'. I think she is jealous of Melissa. She wants her own husband to make as much money as her brother does but since he doesn't, she is constantly talking down to Melissa. One day Joe will sever his relationship from Teresa completely. Teresa is the problem. Nobody else. Keep on doing what you are doing because its working for you and your family. you are a good person.