The star is father to four girls with wife Teresa

By Emily Strohm Charlotte Triggs
March 22, 2016 09:30 AM
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brightcove.createExperiences(); Joe Giudice is saying his emotional goodbyes as he prepares to report to jail on Wednesday.

“My kids are very smart, and they know what the deal is,” Giudice tells PEOPLE. “The younger ones don’t understand why you have to go, what you did – I don’t think either one of them know exactly why you are going in, but we just told them that we did some things wrong and we gotta go in.”

The Real Housewives of New Jersey star and wife Teresa are parents to daughters Gia, 15, Gabriella, 12, Milania, 10, and Audriana, 6.

“I had a little meltdown the other night with my daughter Gabriella talking to her,” Giudice says, adding, “but we will be all right we will get through it.”

Giudice’s upcoming sentence comes just months after Teresa returned home in December after nearly a year at Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut.

In October 2014, Giudice was sentenced to serve 41 months at Federal Correction Institute, Fort Dix in New Jersey for fraud charges. He previously told PEOPLE that going to the low-security prison would be “no big deal.”

“It’s a military camp is what it is,” he said. “It’s not a high security, and anybody that’s in there is basically people that have already served a lot of time basically working their years to get out. So once you are there if you screw up there, then you go back to high security.”