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Joe Gorga Reveals If He or Melissa Gorga Is the Tougher Parent

The RHONJ dad is opening up about raising his three kids.

By Jocelyn Vena
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Over the years, The Real Housewives of New Jersey viewers have watched Joe Gorga raise his three kids with Melissa Gorga: Joey, Gino and Antonia. In fact, Joe has even served as a male figure to his four nieces, Teresa Giudice's daughters: Gia, Milania, Gabriella, and Audriana. He always serves up some tough love with a side of compassion — so, he seems to know a thing or two about imparting some fatherly wisdom on the young people in his life.

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Joe opened up about being a dad and Father's Day in an email interview with The Daily Dish.

The Daily Dish: Describe your first Father's Day.

Joe Gorga: From what I can remember I was still in shock that I was a father. It takes some time to kick in. I can honestly say becoming a father for the first time is one of the best feelings any man can experience.

Describe your best Father's Day.

JG: My best Father's Day was probably when all my kids were able to speak, they woke me up and had made me breakfast and we all sat and ate together. 

What is the best dad advice you ever got and from whom did you receive it?

The best dad advice I received was from my father. He said you can be super successful and have all the money in the world but the greatest gift in life is being a husband and a father. Family must always come first.

How would you describe your dad philosophy?

JG: I always try to be the best version of myself so my kids have someone respectable to look up to.

What have you learned most about yourself from being a dad?

JG: I have learned that I am actually a great dad and my whole life revolves around my children. Everything I do is to benefit them and my wife. 

What’s the most important lesson you can teach your kids?

JG: The most important lesson you can teach your kids is to be kind and to work hard in life. Anything is possible if you are willing to put in the time and work hard.

Are you the easy parent or the disciplinary parent?

JG: For the most part I am the easy parent. I go with the flow, I don't want to baby them and I want them to learn from the mistakes they make. However when they are in trouble, Melissa is sometimes too easy on them so then I need to step in.

What’s the most important lesson your kids have taught you?

JG: The most important lesson my kids have taught me is to not take life for granted. Time really does fly when you have children and they grow up so quickly.

What do you hope for your kids and future generations?

JG: I hope they grow up to be hardworking, respectable people. I would love for them to take over the family business. Most importantly I want them to be kind — the world needs more kindness. 

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