A parent’s job is to teach their children. I only have one child, but I have been a Girl Scout leader to a troop of Brownies… so I’ve done the cooking with a “bunch of little kids” thing. No matter what their age, every day is about teaching a child a new skill. When I do stuff with my daughter, I take that time to teach and reinforce the basic rules of food preparation. So when Kate complained about the little kids making cupcakes – she was way out of line.
Cooking and other fun activities you do with your child is to TEACH them - if you teach them to first clean their hands, put their hair up, not lick their fingers while making food (and of course not pick their nose, ears, etc.) then you are TEACHING them social skills. You are TEACHING what is acceptable and is not and how to have PRIDE in what you make for yourself and your family. They already had hats and aprons on. Teach the next step and then let them experiment, have fun, make mistakes, get messy a bit and learn.
Plus -- there is one word for all of this - SANITIZER. A quick squirt in their hand and they can work on any project involving food. The fondant was completely safe for them to touch on the table in my opinion. And if any of the kids were seen unhygienic, then stop them for a moment and have them either wash their hands or use some sanitizer. (Quick caveat about sanitizer – it should only be used 4-5 times in a row, then wash hands again, of course if lots of nasty bodily fluids are involved, wash up with soap and water!)
The whole Cupcake Torture, J&K never explained ahead of time (on camera) that the kids all needed to eat some dinner to get the durn cupcakes - obviously skewed to favor the girls. It broke my heart to watch my guys getting hurt like that – especially after all the excitement and fun they had being at the bakery.
Speaking of fun activities, the reason the girls didn’t paint as well at the ceramics shop is because Kate won’t let them do FUN and MESSY stuff. They don’t know how to hold a paint brush or any of that. (Plus anything my child makes is fine with me, I still have a Sculpey piece of pizza she sculpted for me when she was 5. I cherish her creations as I cherish her existence in my life.)
Kate needs to see a shrink, I don't care if it is Dr. Phil the Shill, she is harming these kids with her negativity, attitude and passive-aggressive anger - she wanted the cameras, but she acts out for them: picking on Jon and now the kids with increasing venom. Denigrating the children, verbally abusing her spouse as well. They will see these "home movies" later... and it will hurt them in so many many ways.
Submitted for publication by Beejcctx.