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Reality TV Mom: Abusive?

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People are starting to question Kate's behavior on TLC's Jon & Kate Plus Eight. Is her behavior towards John abusive or is she just trying to keep her household together?

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The Gosselins have one set of twins and -- through fertility treatments -- one set of sextuplets.  Their reality show follows their life as they try to keep order in a household filled with young children.  Kate's behavior has been questionable at times, verbally berating her husband and apparently physically slapping him. But he's not laying down and just taking it either. He gives it back to her and they are often seen having immature bickering exchanges.  See clip.

The show's Web site implies that in a typical day, they have to put on 56 pieces of clothing, cook 16 pancakes, clean 80 sticky fingers, do five loads of laundry and make eight trips to the potty all before breakfast -- then he goes to work. That can throw any mom over the edge, right?

Are they bad role models or just honest models of how real families work?

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Anonymous May 22, 2009, 8:45 AM

JON AND KATE SHOW TO ME IS JUST NASTY . THEY DO HAVE TWO KIDS THAT CAN READ , WHY ARE THEY DOING THIS TO THEIR KIDS . THE SHOW MIGHT GO ON . BUT THEY ARE NOT LIVING TOGETHER . NEVER WILL I WATCH IT AGAIN .

sam May 22, 2009, 10:26 AM

I think it is a shame they evern decided to have eight children. Now, she Kate, tells us it was GOD who gave them this gift…NO NOT..HE SAID U CANNOT HAVE CHILDREN. SO MAN A DOCTOR (WHO JUST MIGHT THINK HE OR SHE IS GOD) gave u these kids. So maybe GOD WAS TRYING TO TELL YOU BOTH SOMETHING..NO CHILDREN,,,,ITS NOT GOOD TO FOOL MOTHER NAUTURE…

alice morriss May 24, 2009, 9:51 PM

kate treats jon more like a child than a husband. It would appear that its her way or the highway. I dont agree whith cheating but Im surprised he stays with her. Saw where Jon is concerned about having lost his identify. Sorry little boy but thats life in the real world when you have a family. Both of you need to grow up.

linda Sides May 24, 2009, 10:17 PM

why doesn’t anybody ever talk about the times he’s hollered at Kate or the children in his frustration too.Jon’s no saint………You have to watch that show with and open mind that usually in every marriage there is a ying and yang….I pray Jon and Kate make it persoanlly. SO what KAte likes to lookk good too. Wasn’t it JOn who hair plugs and ent to the gym?did yall forget about that…..Its people…Let em get back to the show….for God sakes…

Anna May 26, 2009, 4:25 AM

I think in ways yes she is bossy and he does just kinda take it but I have also seen him dish it out as well, in a big household like they have someone needs to be the “boss” if not nothing will get done because both people are just kinda doing their own thing. I commend her for having such a organized life and watching and caring for her kids as well as she does because I know mom’s of 2 or 3 and don’t do as good of a job. and Jon also is great with the kids I think they make a good parenting team

colleen May 27, 2009, 11:32 AM

Jon and Kate need to be locked in a room for eight hours and view some of the old sessions where they were having a lot of fun and their love was displayed. Both need to put their personal life aside and work together for these beautiful children. THey have done a great job so far, why start on a descructive path at this time. They both have their issues and I am tired of hearing about them. I would rather see them working on their relationship. The kids are the important factors here, NOT Jon and Kate. Good luck and God Bless.

sam May 27, 2009, 11:40 AM

soon this will be all over, either TLC will hear most of us or not. Remember, they (TLC)is a business and if more viewers respond to them THATS GREAT FOR TLC.
Even if they are showing BAD TASTE in having Kate & Jon back. The new show will change its name to THE GREAT KATE AND EIGHT….Also, the kids will growup and who will want to watch children with no respect for others (except themselves) and will think the world should pay for everything they want. Why not we do know…
I really do feel bad for the children because they have no say in what is going on.

WANDA  June 24, 2009, 5:23 PM

‘GOD’ DON’T LIKE UGLY AND BOTH PARENTS HAVE BECOME JUST THAT UGLY ! S.RS. SHOULD TAKE ALL 8 KIDS AWAY FROM KATE ,SHE IS SICK

barbie August 25, 2009, 8:32 AM

Kate is not just neat and orderly, the first word in OCD is obsessive. We don’t have to walk in her shoes, she doesn’t even walk in her shoes (HELPERS), Kate makes her nasty comments for effect, laughs and looks at the camera. good parents don’t let kids misbehave, if they don’t want to discipline on camera then don’t show the offensive behavior either. kate critizes jon’s speech and vocabulary but is constantly ‘making up’ her words. why did kate (as a former nurse) think it appropriate and sanitary to remove jon’s hair plug staples at the kitchen table with the kids eating there? kate doesn’t have to dress like a frump but her daily wardrobe is not appropriate as a mother or for her age (the little puff sleeves are all the ‘in’ thing in the junior dept. and lastly, when jon is doing projects why does kate let the kids go where he is working instead of doing something with them or just telling them they have to stay out and making them do it. they are even under foot when they have professionals doing the work (and they are NOT impressed with her no longer cute little kids being in their way)

Ten Tees January 9, 2011, 12:40 PM

Interesting info! Nice and fun reading. There is a thing to make about funny shirts.


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