Blythe Newsome: I can relate to Kate.
As a fellow reality show mom (I was on "Supernanny"), my heart has gone out to you over the past few weeks. You are facing so many challenges and the world gets to see you face those challenges and then offer you lots of unsolicited advice. Our stories are so similar and unique from the vast majority of people.
You see, I too am a single mom of a houseful of wonderful children. You were efficient and had six at one time ... I had six spaced out over a span of 10 years. My life has been seen on national TV (granted, one night and a few times as a rerun compared to your years of episodes), and every morning it is opened up for the world to hear on the radio show I host. My mess, my imperfections, the ups and downs that are my life are seen, heard, and judged by all. As you navigate through your divorce and dealings with Jon (advice for that is coming in Part II of this letter), here is some advice: Take the compliments that people give you and tuck them away, and take the insults and let them go (if you figure out how to do this, please let me know because it is something I still struggle with every day).
People will tell you to stop the show and focus on your life, but the reality is the show is your life -- and it is what your children know as normal. Right now, you are no different than any other mom going through a major life change ... you are just trying to give your children some normalcy. What is hard for people to grasp is that your "normalcy" is very different from the average person's. I know how quickly the crew becomes part of your family, part of your everyday life. I know the "behind the scenes" that viewers never see, the laughter and playing that our children do with the production crew. We both have lives that are open for the world to see, hear, and read about. It is all my children know -- it is all your children know. Living a life that is so open is normal to our children, and it is what they know and embrace as their lives. Know that you are not alone as you navigate this new path!
Another reality mom of many,
|Blythe Newsome is a single mother of six children and host of a morning radio show. Featured on an episode of "Supernanny," her life and what hides underneath her couch cushions have been seen by many. Flirting with Forty is the journey of how she takes her life back.|