Don't even pretend you don't have guilty pleasures. We all do--it's cool. One of mine is the Real Housewives franchise. It's decadent, if not naughty, and so it surprises me that Real Housewives of New York City (RHNYC) alums and hubbies Alex McCord and Australian-born Simon van Kempen--married nine years--have been selected in the midst of a deal-killing recession to write a book about parenting.
The duo has been panned on RHNYC for their laissez-faire parenting style and want viewers to know that editing has a lot to do with that perception.
"People tend to think that what they see on the show is the whole story. It isn't," says McCord, a Washington, D.C. native raised in Texas, Kansas and the Virgin Islands, who has been a New Yorker since 1996. "Children this young change their behavior in a nanosecond, and you can't blame the producers for wanting to include the most dramatic moments."
"Cute kids behaving beautifully doesn't make must-see TV as much as three-year-old François shouting in Ramona's face at 10 p.m. does, which happened at the end of one night in 2007 at a party we did not want to take him to, two hours after we were supposed to leave," she says.