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On the Season 9 finale of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Jennifer Aydin and her children asked her husband, Bill Aydin, to spend more time with their family, instead of at work as a plastic surgeon. In a recent interview with The Daily Dish podcast, the Garden State newbie reveals if her hubby has been making more of an effort to be home.
"He has," she shared. "And you know what, he's been such a great partner through this whole journey. I mean, he was a little reluctant in the beginning only because he was worried something was going to take my time away from him and the kids. But, I mean, he's loving it; he's loving all the accolades... he's drinking the Kool-Aid. I mean, there's a little extra skip in his step; he's all over me, he's very touchy-feely. We're going to Miami this weekend together and then next weekend, we're doing an Orlando trip with the kids. So he's definitely stepping up to the plate. And now he makes little jokes. He's like, 'Hey, you know, if you make enough money, I can retire and I can stay home with the kids all day.'"
Jennifer also revealed if she spoils her children, as had been implied by fellow newcomer Jackie Goldschneider during the season. "This is another thing, another misconception. I say yes to my kids about everything, but I don't follow through with everything. There's a big difference and when you have children, you'll understand," Jennifer explained. "Because their attention span is like flies; it goes away. They'll watch something on YouTube, they'll bring it to me and they'll say, 'Mommy, can you buy me this?' And I'll say, 'Oh, yes... screenshot it so Mommy has it, OK?' And they're like, 'Yes.' And then they go to the next video and they come to me with the next new toy and the phone is just filled with screenshots of toys that they will never have. So I just yes them for the most part because chances are they're going to find something new that's going to take up their attention within minutes and they're going to forget about the old toy. So I do give gifts but I give like 10 percent of what I say yes to. I say yes to 100 percent; Ten, I only actually follow through. And I can afford it so I'm not going to take it to the grave. If I cannot use this money that I have to give my kids joy, then what's the purpose of it? You're not going to enjoy it when you're dead."
When asked if Bill has become more of the disciplinarian in the family, Jennifer said, "When he's home, yeah, absolutely when he's home. The thing is with Bill, all he has to [do] is say it once. Me, the kids know they can get away with getting on their hands and knees, giving a little cry, giving a, 'But I'll give you a hug and kiss, Mommy.' They know they can get me like that. But with Bill, that's not gonna fly. So all he has to say is like, 'Olivia! Go to bed.' And that is it. Give those angry eyebrows and they are gone."
Hear more from Jennifer and the rest of the 'Wives during Part 1 of the Season 9 finale, airing next Wednesday at 9/8c. Preview, below.