When naming sources where I've found the best bits of parenting wisdom, The Real Housewives hasn't exactly been at the top of my list — not that it's affected my devotion to watching those ladies' every televised move. For every Housewife-mom who's obviously all about her kids and seems to have a so-called "normal" relationship with them (albeit one that might be facilitated by an army of childcare help), there's also one that's made some, let's say, questionable decisions when it comes to raising their kids. And we love them all the more for it!
What can be gleaned from watching the women in New Jersey, New York, Beverly Hills, the OC, and Atlanta raise their little ones and interact with their grown children? Actually, quite a lot. Because while we're all making parenting mistakes in the privacy of our homes, the Housewives are giving us the gift of making them for an audience, meaning we can all learn from their missteps. If you love glam squads, ridiculously large houses, daytime high heels, and your children, listen up to these 12 parenting lessons that come straight from Bravo's favorite Housewives and moms.