Cast Blog: #RHONJ

Tween Troubles

Kathy sympathizes with Teresa's struggles with Gia.

After last week’s episode, it’s amazing how we can take a few steps back and try to understand what was said and where we went wrong. We find it in our hearts to give it another try. That’s family for you.

I loved watching Richie and Joey at the gym. They were a great sounding board for each other. It was so cute to see these two flexing their muscles when we know they are just two softies! I thought Joey was wrong to tell Teresa to go f--- off. He let his frustration at not being able to get through to her get the best of him. However as you all saw, he felt bad too and wanted to make it right. I was so happy to see that he backed his regret up with a positive action and decided to send her a text in hopes of being able to move forward. He realized he was wrong and he accepted responsibility for his actions. He was remorseful and made a change.

By the way Joey, it’s OK that you have a hard time telling me you love me. I know you do and I love you too! xoxo

So everyone is getting ready for field day and Jacqueline and Lauren are headed out for some athletic wear. I couldn’t stop laughing when Jacqueline broke out with “more cushion for the pushin’.” I wish I had an aunt like Jacqueline. She can be so funny and silly, and she is a great support for Lauren while she’s struggling with her new diet. For anyone that’s ever been on a strict diet you know what it’s like. I’ve been on my fair share, and it really stinks. Being able to talk and joke about it is a saving grace. Speaking of the need for support or lack of… It’s so funny to me that our conversations always end up about breasts or should I say “bubbies.”

It seems that Gia has her own personal tug of war starting. What a tough age, those tween years have to be the absolute worst for both a young girl and her mommy. She has one foot on being a little girl and the other on being a young lady. So many emotions and so much going on in her little body. Good luck, Teresa. It’s a hell of a roller coaster ride, and you have to do it four times! I don’t envy you, but I have to say you have the right approach. I loved the way you were laughing it off, and it was so cute to see how shy Gia got talking about it in front of her dad.

Let the games begin... Did you see the set up the Laurita’s put together for field day? If that doesn’t bring out your competitive spirit, nothing will. It was a very clever way to get us all together along with their family in a friendly competition. Everyone was getting along so well, however our adult banter may be hard for the younger kids to understand.

I always knew that Christopher liked me, but I was so touched to hear him say all those nice things about me. Do you think it has anything to do with me always bringing desserts?

Well that’s all for now, we’re off to the Bravo Clubhouse for What What Happens Live.

Before I go I want to thank everyone at PIX11 Morning Show, The Wendy Williams Show, Vh1 Big Morning Buzz, and for having us as their guests this week. Everyone was so gracious and welcoming. Many thanks to all that tuned in!

Hope you all have a great week!

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xoxo Kathy

Dina: "The Reunion was Very Hard to Watch"

Dina Manzo opens up about her comments regarding her family and why she kept quiet for Teresa Giudice.

This reunion was very hard to watch. What most of you don't know is I went in there with the intention of keeping silent on my family issues, as I have for the past four years. An incident happened at the reunion, and I won't even give that person the attention they crave, but it set me off to tell my truth. Well some of it at least. I felt I was very P.C. this whole time, but now I had enough. Some people will push you because they know deep down inside you won't push back, but being "zen" is all about setting boundaries, and learning that has been part of my spiritual path. 

I don't want to go into much other than saying my answer about Nic came out very cold because there was more to it. I wish it were that easy to get to know him, but unfortunately it's not because of my relationship with his mother, and I'm just being honest. He is not missing me nor does he know what is going on with this family because of NOTHING more than his age. Anyone who is trying to make people think otherwise, especially his mother, should be ashamed of themselves. The Mother Theresa comment was about people comparing how I raise money for children with cancer yet don't help him. I went on to say how blessed my brother is to live in a county in New Jersey that people actually move to for the autism programs offered. How I see joy in him because of the progress he is making. He is a happy, beautiful child that is on his way to recovery, and although I know it's a struggle for parents of children on the spectrum, there is NOTHING wrong with seeing joy in them instead of sorrow. I appreciate all the parents of children with autism for their emails, tweets, etc. understanding and APPRECIATING that I see Nic as a 4 year old beautiful boy and not labeling him as anything other than that.

Kathy and Melissa should not have challenged me about "family values" if they don't want to hear my side. I kept quiet for the most part for TERESA, not wanting to bring up old wounds when she was dealing with so much around her sentencing. It was a hard position for me to be in. 

I have no words for my sister on WWHL. She could have answered the no engagement question and left it at that. The lies that followed after were extremely hurtful and must have come from the sheer frustration of having to defend her position on the engagement party. All of you have seen I have ONLY ever said positive things about her no matter what I was feeling. 

Please take a moment to watch this video I made on my truth about it all. I will post all the details on my look next week, but you can get to everyone involved -- from hair to dress  -- on my Instagram post on Sunday. Speaking of Instagram, I invite you to join me on a post a day for the month of November to share what you are thankful for. Showing gratitude for what you have in life just allows the universe to send you more to be thankful for! Trust me, it works!

Sending lots of love, 

Dina xo