1. Love this post. Good points about accepting yourself and aging. It is always good to stay in shape and eat well, but when it goes too far to be almost an obsession with unattainable youth, is it really healthy anymore? Thanks for this.

  2. Dana

    Here’s what these shows have taught me:

    1 Don’t be afraid of awkward pauses.

    2 There’s no such thing as too much information.

    3 Paranoid people are right, everyone is out to get you!

    4 Delusions are just dreams that you can force to come true.

    5 If you don’t have anything nice to say, you can be on TV.

  3. I’ve never seen it, but I’m glad it’s actually surprisingly educational! I think this is true of a lot of these programmes actually – you can learn a lot about what NOT to do from them! 🙂

    • Laurie Stone

      Hi Silly Mummy, I’d love to say its educational, but alas I can’t. Its more a cautionary tale. Thanks for reading.

  4. Helene Cohen Bludman

    OK, I love this. Why? Because I confess to watching reality TV as well (it’s our little secret now). To find the takeaway lessons in the Housewives show is pure genius. Fantastic post!

  5. I had a feeling from the headline that you might end up saying these “real” housewives pretty much teach us what NOT to do! You turned their bad behavior into relevant lessons for the rest of us. Great post.

  6. This is great, Laurie! I have never seen the show, but your points are all valid and I love how you made the “real ‘women’ of the world” real. Being a native Californian, I can safely say that most of us are NOT so youth-oriented that we are trying to look young, but most of us are trying to age gracefully and reclassify what healthy aging is.

    • Laurie Stone

      Terri, I’m sure most women in California are “normal” and not quite as youth-obsessed as the Real Housewives are. Thank you for reading!

  7. Love this post and my favorite is #4 (act your age). This includes going LIGHT on the botox and fillers, if AT ALL, and acting mature instead of yelling and screaming and backstabbing. That said, I will admit I am a fan of the housewives. 🙂

  8. I confess to having watched a few of these shows and have yet to recover from the craziness! Your post shed a whole new light on what one can learn from them. I always wonder what these women tell themselves when they go to bed at night!

  9. Laurie Stone

    Corinne, Good question. I can’t imagine living life under the microscope. God only knows what they tell themselves. Thanks for reading.

  10. Hey Laurie,

    I have yet to watch one of those “real housewives” shows. Just from the commercials, I can tell I’d get angry watching grown women act like total toddlers. I may be wrong, but just haven’t made that leap yet. I think I appreciate Naked and Afraid more. 🙂

    Great post! Hoping over from The Women of Midlife!


    • Laurie Stone

      Thank you, Bren. I’m not sure the leap is worth making, to be honest. “Naked and Afraid” sounds much more interesting! Thanks for reading.

  11. Hi Laurie! I can honestly say that I have never once watched this show, but I do believe that we can learn something from just about everything we encounter so I applaud you for finding these nuggets of positivity! And honest, they are better than watching news shows about politics right now. ~Kathy

    • Laurie Stone

      Kathy, I laud you for escaping the “Real Housewives” abyss. I’m happy to report I haven’t seen one in quite a while, but was addicted for a time. And I agree– anything’s better than news shows about today’s politics! Thanks for reading.

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