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Shoving, Screaming, Hair Extensions: Why The RHONJ Are Just Plain Bad For Moms

teresa giudice“The Real Housewives of New Jersey” reunion was great entertainment, sure, with Danielle Staub’s haughty jabs, the mystery of Teresa Giudice’s nephew (still unsolved!) and Andy Cohen getting turned into a rag doll when he tried to come between the two women.

But I couldn’t help noticing as I watched: The RHONJ essentially uphold every bad stereotype of women that’s out there, from gold-digging to cat-fighting to, ugh, hair extensions.

Now I realize you could just say “hey, turn off the TV we all know they’re ridiculous.” But objecting to the housewives’ foibles aren’t just a matter of personal taste. The RHONJ are bad for all moms, and here’s why.

– They set a terrible example for their children. How can they teach their children that fighting, gossiping and overspending are not good things, when they’re on national TV doing them themselves?

– They put fame before family. There’s no such thing as humility or going off-camera for these attention-seekers, even when it hurts their family.

– They reinforce the stereotype that women are catty. Even so-called friends talk behind each others’ backs and betray each other. That may be the biggest argument against the RHONJ.

– They have no discipline. Most of the moms I know out here in the real world know when to raise a ruckus and when to shut up, depending on what will benefit their kids. The RHONJ have no such filters.

– They are a bunch of gold-diggers. Exhibit A) Bankruptcy court-bound Teresa.

– Their wardrobes are just plain scary. Dress age-appropriately, please no one wants to see someone’s mom dressed like early Britney Spears. And please retire all hair extensions.

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