Boys Day Out

This had to be the most boring episode I have ever seen... possibly beyond watching grass grow.

If you don't open your mouth, people might think you're a fool. If you open your mouth, you remove all doubt. Was Kate, or was she not, a fool trying to talk about golf. Jon looked totally disgusted with her.

It was so lovely to watch Kate cuddle a girl and totally ignore her son when he asked if she would miss him. Her screed about how dirty and gross boys are was pure evil. Of course, she then had to clean Aaden's nails while they were eating... but she also removed staples at the dinner table so it probably doesn't mean much to her. Those poor little boys don't seem to get any warmth from their mother at all. Oh yes -- she does like to dress them cute!

Weren't we lucky to be able to watch Jon swing that club? And watch the boys run around like -- boys. It should be a crime to use up public air space for such idiocy. Poor Collin was so upset about getting dirty -- he knew what was in store for him when Kate saw his clothes. When Jon told him that it was OK to get dirty, he got a glazed look in his eyes and could not comprehend what he was hearing. One wonders what Kate had to say when she watched that scene.

As for the girls in the supermarket (scene set up at all?), you can make powdered sugar from regular sugar -- unnecessary trip. And the kids sitting in the grocery part of the cart is extremely dangerous. I actually know a little girl who fell out of the cart, cracked her head, and ended up in the ER... a 4-year-old little girl. But Kate does whatever she wants to do.

I will say there was one scene in which I wanted to cheer. After being buckled in the van, Alexis said she wanted to pee and Kate told her that she could pee when they got home! FINALLY! I guess there were no potties in the little van.

Did anyone notice that when Kate was strapping the girls in the van, one of the girls did not want to be strapped -- and Kate told her "OK, when we get home, you take a nap." Obviously, naps -- or the threat of naps -- have become the new method of punishment!

I agree, Kate looked like hell. And Jon looked better than usual... probably because he'd managed to escape.

32 comments:

laura linger said...

What made me so sad was that Kate managed to suck all of the fun out of cooking with her children, which is certainly one of the most fun things you can do with a child. Kids are natural cooks and scientists at heart and they love to be involved in the cooking process. I didn't get that the little girls were involved much at all, that is, after Kate finally got her act together with the ingredients.

And powdered sugar is not an integral part of "Monkey Munch," anyway. It's not like the remaining ingredients do not make a delicious treat themselves.

Christi said...

I was emailing while this was on, so I missed some parts. Did Jon buy those kiddie golf clubs, or just rent them? I got the impression that he bought one set, but I could be wrong. I'm surprised Kate didn't make him go back for two more sets, so the boys could all match.

Or, they could have been another freebie. I guess this means Jon intends to take them golfing more often, if they have their own clubs now.

Golf still sounds like a bad choice for a day out with 3 pre-schoolers. How could you golf and keep an eye on three kids at the same time? I know they got to run around, but it didn't seem like there was a lot of "together" time with Jon. Mini golf would have been more fun, if you ask me.

Anonymous said...

They got a little set that he said should last at least four years.

As far as the the two girls in the basket like, I see kids in baskets like that all the time. I am sure you do as well. But I bet you wouldn't call out a person that you actually saw in the store doing that. It's easier hiding behind a computer. The same goes for Kate threatening a child with a nap. I don't know a single parent that hasn't threatened their child with putting them to bed for a nap or early bedtime at one time or another. But since this was Kate, it is wrong, wrong, wrong.

iluveeyore said...

There are actually signs on shopping carts stating that children should not be placed in the back of the cart. I've seen those signs -- are they only on carts in my state? Did Kate see it and ignore it?

I've seen store personnel tell people to take kids out of the back of carts. I also think that is why they now have seats attached to carts for a couple of kids.

I don't care if it was Kate or anyone else. Yes -- it was wrong, wrong, wrong.

Also -- I never in my life threatened to put my kids in for a nap or for early bedtime. The idea never occurred to me. I actually think that's a little cruel, if not just weird. Needed sleep or rest should never be a punishment.

Anonymous said...

My kids always wanted to be in the cart. I was right by them. They are older and STILL want to be in the cart. AT least that is better than letting them run around the store wild! And no, my kids have never fallen out.
I do think the golf thing was fun, as the boys got to boys. they got to run around , ride in a golf cart, and even putted a bit.

Serena said...

AT least that is better than letting them run around the store wild!

Well Kate didn't have to choose between letting them run wild and putting them in a precarious situation -- she could have simply managed them. Yes, I have children and I've taken several young ones with me to the store without having to resort to what Kate did OR have them "run wild".

Anonymous said...

Or?

She could have put regular sugar in the damn food processor and made powdered sugar.

Autumnn said...

I have to add my 2 sense here.

A child in the cart like that is UNSAFE. Plain and simple. You can protest all you want but it's not safe.


Threatening a child with a nap is not normal discipline either.

And what's this comment about hiding behind your computer? lol it's not like we're sitting in our closets on the internet all day.

Anonymous said...

I am reading this and cannot believe how whacked and self-righteous some of you are! Please tell me what Land you are from, so that I can make sure I never go there! Instead of picking the Gosselin's apart and criticizing their every move, maybe you should channel your energy towards eliminating pedophiles, you know, something that is a serious problem...not Kate putting the kids in the back of a shopping cart. Good-God, have you read the news? There are much more serious concerns going on in this world than Kate forgetting powdered sugar. GET A GRIP and a LIFE! If I were the Gosselin's I would report this site...you should be ashamed to admit that you spend your free time this way..it's very disturbing.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 7:25 PM - I'm from a land where people don't capitalize random words in the middle of a sentence for no reason. A land where plurals are made by adding the letter s, not an apostrophe-s. It's Gosselins (plural). And if you want to save the world, then stop wasting your time watching TLC and reading blogs. Get out there and capture yourself some pedophiles or make lasting peace in the Middle East. Or learn something about grammar. You don't happen to be married to a woman who thinks that six females outnumber four males by only one person, do you?

Serena said...

I am reading this and cannot believe how whacked and self-righteous some of you are! Please tell me what Land you are from, so that I can make sure I never go there! Instead of picking the Gosselin's apart and criticizing their every move, maybe you should channel your energy towards eliminating pedophiles, you know, something that is a serious problem...not Kate putting the kids in the back of a shopping cart. Good-God, have you read the news? There are much more serious concerns going on in this world than Kate forgetting powdered sugar. GET A GRIP and a LIFE! If I were the Gosselin's I would report this site...you should be ashamed to admit that you spend your free time this way..it's very disturbing.

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Carrie said...

You know what the sad thing is about the whole episode? The boys probably thought they were having a great time! They got to run around and play in the grass and the mulch, something they never get to do at home. At least Jon gave them that opportunity. But, why golfing? Why not a park where they can kick a ball around or where Jon can teach them how to throw and catch a ball? Isn't that a little more age-appropriate than golfing? (Oh wait, I was under the mistaken impression that it was about what was best for the kids. My bad.)

iluveeyore said...

I respectfully request a reference to where anyone complained that Kate forgot powdered sugar. All we said was that she could have made some... or lived without it. No biggie and no need to march on down to the local supermarket... especially since she doesn't drive hither, thither, and yon.

I have no doubt that your friends the Gosselins have attempted to "report" this site. Pray tell: to whom would they report and what would they report about?

I really hope the Gosselins have better things to do with their time -- just as you have.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Kate putting the girls in the basket was wrong, but I think as parents we are all guilty of doing this. I know I have and yes my DD has fallen out of it. She wasn't hurt but after she did that I never allowed her back in the cart like that again.

I never knew you could make powdered sugar like that by putting it in the blender/food processor. LOL I would have been walking down to the store to get some. And Kate did say she tried calling people to ask if they had some she could borrow.

What I don't get was the whole beater thing. She said she had 4 and wanted to pick up 4 more. Did she mean spatulas (the blue thing is what she called it on the episode) or actual beaters that you use with a mixer? I was sooooo confused by that considering she didn't use beaters at all making the Monkey Munch.

She's definately an odd bird is my opinion of her.

Anonymous said...

"As for the girls in the supermarket (scene set up at all?), you can make powdered sugar from regular sugar -- unnecessary trip."

Um...you can make plenty of things at home. What's your point? Do you bake your own bread? Make your own jam? Never buy pre-cooked or pre-packaged food? If you answered no to any of these, then hello, pot. Meet kettle.

"And the kids sitting in the grocery part of the cart is extremely dangerous. I actually know a little girl who fell out of the cart, cracked her head, and ended up in the ER... a 4-year-old little girl."

Sitting in the back section is usually discouraged, but extremely dangerous? Get some perspective. I'd be willing to wager that the little girl you know hurt herself because she was actually standing up in the cart. There's really no way to fall out otherwise. And of course standing in the cart can be stupid, especially when the cart is in motion. I used to sit in the back section as a child and somehow came out unscathed. Quick, someone call the police on my parents! They ABUSED me.

Anonymous said...

"I respectfully request a reference to where anyone complained that Kate forgot powdered sugar. All we said was that she could have made some... or lived without it."

Please, the fact that you felt it was necessary to point out implies a complaint, given the context (e.g. this group's persistent need to find and nitpick all perceived faults of the Gosselins). To argue otherwise is disingenuous.

TandooriMe said...

I do wish that Kate and Jon would stop with the gender related activity stuff. Why couldn't the girls get to go have fun on a golf course? Just because Kate doesn't like anything more physical then going to the spa they should still let the girls try out sports. I don't see how getting to be part of a crowd mixing up a batch of cereal based sugary snack mix is equal to the fun the boys got to have on the golf course.
If one of her sons is not a reincarnation of Tiger Woods one of the girls may me the next In-Bee Park. That is if she lets them have a chance to do something so unladylike.

SnarkyMalarky said...

"I used to sit in the back section as a child and somehow came out unscathed. Quick, someone call the police on my parents! They ABUSED me."

Wow, really? Are you sure you didnt fall out and bump your noggin?

Anywhoooo...when you get famous and snarkworthy and we open a blog about you, we'll delve further into your abusive childhood but, for now, this blog is about Jon and Kate.

Anonymous said...

I would love to follow all the parents who are so judgmental about J&K. I am sure we could find what "abusive" things you do to your children. I bet you would be defensive and have some excuse. I do not know ONE parent that has not made mistakes, there is no such thing about being a perfect parent. I cannot wait till the kids are older and they talk about what a great childhood they had and how much their parents loved them.

WatchOverThem said...

I do believe that times have changed and putting children in the main basket of a shopping cart has become a liability for any store or shop that provides carts. Yes, it might take a child standing or moving around to dump the child, with cart on top of the child, but children do move around. I know a TJ Maxx GM that had a child receive brain damage in his store in such a fall onto the hard floor. It was horrible, such a small child injured, lying on the floor that way. Unfortunate accident, yes. No one is saying that mom was abusive, but I bet she wishes she had paid attention to the warning on the cart. The mom didn't expect that her child would stand up and move around. This is why we see "seat belts" and child-ready carts in so many stores today, because of the liability these falls have created for these businesses. The family was not eligible for damages, as the warnings and seat restraints were provided on every cart in the store. We aren't perfect, but we can learn from society's mistakes and our own common sense.

I find so many comments on this blog take what a few of us post as concerns about the Gosselin children, and put words into our mouths as claiming "abuse" with every comment or concern. I would like to see how many incidental posts are really talking about physical abuse here, rather than poor decisions from the everyday foolish antics we may see Jon and Kate make. We are simply discussing the fact that they have put themselves on television and open themselves up to public scrutiny with their immature and self-absorbed style of parenting. Some of us do have concerns about the stressful schedule that seems to make an already tightly strung mother louder and more out of control toward her children and husband, and scheduling that may be exploiting circumstances of these children's lives.

SnarkyMalarky said...

tsk..tsk..it's not about me or you, Boo.

But I'm with ya, buddy on the book. That Mady. She's gonna have a real good book about that GREAT childhood and how much she was loved. Oh, wait, she won't have to. We're seeing it.

Yep, that's one happy, happy child. She's gonna make a FINE teenager. Kate even said so herself.

iluveeyore said...

"I do not know ONE parent that has not made mistakes, there is no such thing about being a perfect parent. I cannot wait till the kids are older and they talk about what a great childhood they had and how much their parents loved them."

Kate does not make little "mistakes." She ignores, bullies, and, occasionally, terrorizes her children. I really don't think the editors take that one instant that Kate made a mistake last Tuesday and make a show out of it.

One huge "mistake": For 3+ years, Kate has been sending her kids to "time out." Other than what can be attributed to "maturity," I have not seen an iota of improvement in the kids' behavior. As a matter of fact, since they are bigger and louder, it actually seems to be getting worse. As for "maturity," we can't expect a lot from that because Kate insists on babying them forever. I am flabbergasted when I see a child standing in one spot, just opening her mouth and screaming! Why doesn't Kate tell her very FIRMLY to STOP -- and give her a meaningful punishment if she doesn't? She sends her to the corner, where she continues to howl.

Kate is a very slow learner. But she is very proud that the kids know which corner to go to in each room. She has no idea how absurd that is! "Going to time out in our house is as 'normal' as breathing."

Oh that's right... she "threatens" them with naps! How bizarre.

Maybe a couple of the kids (e.g., Hannah) will tell about how much their parents loved them... but I doubt there will be many of them fighting to be authors of that book.

funkycatt said...

In regards to the basket portion of the shopping cart, I put my son back there all the time. I have two kids, one an infant, and neither is old enough to walk around the store without causing a ruckus. So generally, I put older son in back and younger in front. I don't have a baby bucket carseat, and most stores have babyseats preattached to the cart.

This is despite the fact that my yongest brother had part of his finger chopped off and had to have it sewn back on due to another brother being in the back of the cart.

Is it dangerous and a bad idea? Yes. Do moms do it all the time due to feeling like they have no other choice? yes.

Do I still think Kate is completely clueless about some things? Absolutely!

Serena said...

I cannot wait till the kids are older and they talk about what a great childhood they had and how much their parents loved them.

You want a sneak peek?

roger said...

Y'all are ten pounds of crazy in a five pound sack.

Anonymous said...

For those of you that want to pick apart the Gosselins, you obviously like the show, or you wouldn't be watching it. I also feel very sorry for how unhappy and insecure you all are with your lives that you feel the need to put other people down in order to feel better about yourself. Get a life, or better yet, get some therapy. Seriously.

Serena said...

For those of you that want to pick apart the Gosselins, you obviously like the show, or you wouldn't be watching it. I also feel very sorry for how unhappy and insecure you all are with your lives that you feel the need to put other people down in order to feel better about yourself. Get a life, or better yet, get some therapy. Seriously.

Thank you for your advice. I cordially invite you to read our FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) found on the home page of this blog. Many of your concerns are addressed there.

WatchOverThem said...

I am unhappy and insecure? Wow, and I thought these were my best days so far, things are so good for us now, so there is even better to come? ;-)

I do love Roger's comment--10 pounds of crazy in a five pound sack. I will try to use that with a favorite marketing client of mine some day!

laura linger said...

Therapy?

Been there, done that, paid for my therapist's vacation condo in Maui.

Thanks for the suggestion, though! ;-)

Anonymous said...

I hadn't seen the episode so I refrained from commenting. I saw it last night and regarding the nap, I didn't see her comment as odd or out of place. Its pretty normal in my house to say "Ok, you are going to have to take a nap" when the meltdowns start. I've found that saying that in advance of actually putting them down makes it less of a fight to actually get them into bed. I was expecting her to be screaming as she said it, or using crazy eyes.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else catch it when they were talking on the stairs about the boys outfits and the weather and Kate asked when they were moving someplace warm and Jon said Soon? Could the new house be out of state? Someone on the old TWOP board posted that the new house was going to be in North Carolina but it was deleted, now I wonder if that was true???

Serena said...

Someone on the old TWOP board posted that the new house was going to be in North Carolina but it was deleted, now I wonder if that was true?

Well, the production company that films the show (Figure 8 Films) operates out of North Carolina.

Interestingly, North Carolina is also viewed as a very "friendly" state to the entertainment industry, with very lax and permissive regulations regarding children involved in filming.

Much as New Mexico was selected to film Kid Nation due to its "friendly" atmosphere in this regard. New Mexico has since tightened up its laws; we can only hope North Carolina follows suit.