In the two-hour TLC special, Kate Gosselin returns and sparks controversy yet again. The special was shot to get the public and the families fans up to date on how the children are doing. The twins Maddy and Cara are now 13, and the six younger children are getting ready for their tenth birthday. In true Kate Plus 8 form, the producers once again get them all on the couch to talk candidly about each other and how the last two years were out of the spotlight. The kids are as adorable as ever, and the twins being teens are what most families across America experience, there is definitely no filter here. There is however, a viewership that is only tuned in to see what Kate Gosselin will do or say, so that they can rip her apart. The very first thing is that she believes as a Mom, that letting children win sends them the wrong message. She states that if she tells them to do their best, and to work hard to achieve the things they want to achieve, then not doing the same herself sends a conflicting message. (See video below) Seems like sound advice, and comprehensive thought behind these statements, and she backs it up by doing just that. Winning a game of ‘gaga ball’ against all eight kids who all seem to be fine and having a great time, except for 13-year-old Maddy who is angry that she did not win. Hmmm, a 13-year-old that is mad at her Mom for real or perceived slights, now that is horrifying, said no Mom of a teenager ever.
So why is the public so hard on this single Mother of eight children? It is hard to say, and harder yet to understand the anger that is brought on by Gosselin who stated that she bought the teenagers cell phones and iPads so she could take them away. She explains this statement by saying in order to punish a child you have to take away something that is important to them. Many parents have done this, so maybe the portion of the public that objects to this, is mad because she actually said it out loud, that terrible thing that most parents of teenagers have done by buying things that will be used as bargaining chips in the future.
In true Kate Gosselin style, this Mom seems to always say what is on her mind, and many will agree and many will not. It is the old train wreck theory, those that hate, just cannot look away or they may miss something that they can use against her. The two-hour special chronicles the journey of the family planning and pulling off an epic birthday for the sextuplets, with candid interviews with all of the children and Kate also. All in all, the kids seem to be well-adjusted, happy and speak very well for themselves and some of the highlights of the show are listening to what the kids think of each other. It also had a lot of clips of them through the years, and a lot of the challenges of growing up on camera, and being in the spotlight during the oh so public divorce are discussed. So if Kate Gosselin coming back to TLC full-time with her family sparks controversy, and the video below offends, then maybe it is time for the critic’s to find something else to watch and let the fans enjoy Kate Plus 8 again.
Opinions by Kristi Cereska
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