Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images Photo: Jacqueline Laurita and Ashlee Holmes Pose on the Red Carpet

On the April 29 episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Jacqueline Laurita finally made the heart-wrenching decision to kick her daughter Ashlee out of the house in an effort to motivate her to do something with her life.

In her BravoTV.com blog, Jacqueline writes about her reasoning behind that difficult decision.

“Asking her [Ashlee] to leave didn't mean we didn't love her. Chris and I love her very much," she says.

"At that point in time, although we weren't fighting as much, we didn't see her making much of an effort to jump-start her life.”

Jacqueline and her husband Chris made arrangements for Ashlee to stay with Jacqueline’s brother in Las Vegas while she acquired some valuable skills and learned how to take care of herself. 

“We needed her to spring into action and take charge of her life. We felt like we needed to take drastic measures to get her to wake up and go after her dreams,” Jacqueline continued.

Although Ash missed her first flight out to Vegas, she eventually made it out west (to L.A.) and began a life of her own.

When we spoke to Jacqueline recently, the proud mom told us how impressed she was with Ashlee and gushed about their “great” relationship.

We’re glad things worked out for the best!