Teresa Giudice is preparing for her 15-month jail sentence by recording videos for her daughters. Credit: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire

Teresa Giudice is just trying to be there for her girls. The Real Housewives of New Jersey star, 42, is no stranger to the cameras, but these days she’s working on a much more personal project. Late at night, while drinking a glass of wine, Tre has been working on videos for her daughters Gia, 13, Gabriella, 10, Milania, 8, and Audriana, 5. 

“She wants to make tapes for them,” a source exclusively tells Us Weekly. “There will be one for birthdays, one for holidays, and a video with words of encouragement for when they’re sad.” 

Noting that the “deeply depressed” mother of four hopes to finish her project by Thanksgiving, the source adds that the reality star and cookbook author  is “not eating or sleeping.” 

Part of this stress revolves around Teresa leaving her daughters in the care of their father, Joe Giudice, who is serving his 41-month sentence after Teresa completes her own. 

The source notes that Joe drinks up to four bottles of wine a night and “has been binge-eating.” The 42-year-old’s health is a major concern for Teresa, who is “worried he’s going to have a heart attack, like his dad.”

For more details on Teresa and Joe Giudice’s preparation for jail time, pick up the new issue of Us Weekly, on stands now!