Remember when...

Since Jon and Kate recently went strolling through memory lane, let's do the same thing, our way. Here is a list of what I remember when I first started watching the show:

1. Jon and Kate sitting on the bed, folding laundry. Need I say more?

2. While the tups were napping, Kate actually DOING household chores. Now, she naps with them too and has others doing her chores.

3. Kate showing ALL of the kids affection and no ounce of favoritism whatsoever.

4. Kate in the kitchen doing some cooking.

5. Kate being in a good mood.

6. Jon WORKING.

Of course, this is only an abbreviated list. Please feel free to add on.

On a side note, a part of me can't help but wonder when I compare the "old Kate" to the "new Kate". Old going back to the home videos of Jon and Kate and the twins and even when the show first started and "new Kate" this season.

I am in no way diagnosing her of anything but I can't help but wonder if she suffers from some sort of depression. It is obvious that as time goes on, she looks much more unhappy. I don't know if the negative publicity is getting to her or if she is missing Beth or perhaps the love offerings are not coming in as much but I really am concerned for her. Her eyes are very empty and she is always complaining about how exhausted she is.

Any parent will tell you that at this age, the tups are sooo much more easier than before and she has all this hired help. Seems to me like she has a hard time getting out of bed. Maybe the depression is sinking in. Of course, one of the side effects of narcissism is depression so a part of me wonders.

Submitted for publication by Nads Nads.

54 comments:

FIONA said...

I would bet my life that Kate is ill. Emotionally or mentally, however you prefer to state it. Kate needs help. I think she suffers from an anxiety disorder, for sure...as well as depression. I think there are other more comlicated issues she is faced with as well. There is no shame in mental illness. I feel sorry for her in the fact that I KNOW she could feel better. And if she felt better, she might be a better Mommy.

Anonymous said...

I personally have dealt with panic and anxiety disorder. I can tell you for sure Kate Gosselin has anxiety disorder at the very least. I think, again speaking from experience, that people who crave control tend to suffer more often with anxiety disorder. We all know Kate is a giant control freak. Control freaks can't handle the total lack of control life brings especially with children aboard. The sad part is, while not intentionally, she will foster this disorder in her children. She should take some of those TLC $'s and get some acupuncture. It helped me tremendously. Speaking of $$$ does anyone ever wonder where the Gosselin's medical coverage comes from?

Anonymous said...

Good question, Anon 2:34. I've wondered about that, too. Especially since Jon gave up that gov't job, with good benefits. Also, the G's keep saying that Jon was let go from the job he had when Kate got pregnant because of their having to insure all those kids. I'm pretty sure that is illegal ~ and I'm surprised he's still saying it!

laura linger said...

I think Kate has some issues with anxiety, judging solely by what we see on the show.

It is one thing for which I would never judge her. Anyone who makes fun of people who suffer from mental illness are their own particular brands of moronic and cruel.

Anonymous said...

I've been saying all along she has narcissistic personality disorder. Anxiety and or depression may be present, but not necessarily as a feature of NPD. Also, as a rule, people who have personality disorders do not know they have a problem. The problem is only identified by others - e.g. treats people badly, is abusive, entitlement issues, "all about me," etc. It's only then when we look at the full picture that we can diagnose a personality disorder. If Kate is anxious and or depressed, I think that may have to do with her control issues and trying to maintain her so-called "supermom" persona for her fans. She is really wound tight.

Anonymous said...

She looks depressed to me, and anxiety often accompanies depression. There's no way to know without a professional diagnosis, and it's often hard for a depressed person to make the decision to seek help, as he or she may not realize the problem. Of course, having so many small children around would make anyone feel tired, and it may seem to Kate that that's the sole reason for her exhaustion. However, Kate appears to channel a huge amount of energy into control and criticism, behavior that drains energy in a very different way than physical activity does. I hope someone suggests that she get help, and she follows that advice. Does anyone know their health insurance situation?

Anonymous said...

At the very least the children are more in likely covered under PA's CHIP (Childrens Health Insurance Program). As for Jon and Kate who knows.

Anonymous said...

I too have been thinking if Kate is ill and Jon quit his job to help around the house. I hope that there isn't another headline in my newspaper that we saw with the Andrea Yates case a few years ago:(
Reach out for help Kate.

Anonymous said...

I suspect Kate came from a home that was in some way physically or mentally abusive, however unintended. Her behavior is about control, an attempt to impose order on an unpredictable and frightening world. Perfection means that the child is worthy of love, and this need doesn't go away when the child becomes an adult. (I've had some personal experience with this.) The tragedy is that these parents and their enablers get their own TV show! I don't think the kids could escape unscathed from Kate's problems. However, the issues are compounded terribly by the public exposure. Even Britney Spears got some slack when it became evident that her mental health issues were serious.. The Gosselin children just continue to get exploited.

Anonymous said...

"Anyone who makes fun of people who suffer from mental illness are their own particular brands of moronic and cruel."

People who make money by putting such people on TV and using them to sell products are on some lower level of hell.

Anonymous said...

At the very least the children are more in likely covered under PA's CHIP (Childrens Health Insurance Program). As for Jon and Kate who knows.

I doubt it. There are maximum income eligibility limits for CHIP, $67,200 for the free program and $78,960 for the subsidized program for a family of 8 or more.

Anonymous said...

Kate could very well be depressed and have anxiety issues. She seems very "brittle." But, even if someone confronted her and told her she needed help - it would never work. She is just too rigid. And, if by a miracle, someone did get her to a psychiatrist, I do not think psychotherapy would be of any use to her as people with NPD are incapable of insight. In therapy, you have to take an honest look at yourself and your life and I do not believe she is in any way capable.

Anonymous said...

I missed where it was said on the show that Kate takes naps while the tups do. Can someone refresh my memory? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Perhaps she is looking sad, because she knows what she is doing is wrong. Maybe as much as she loves the attention and all the money, deep down inside, she knows her Christian values may not be what they are supposed to be. Maybe Kate now realizes that she isn't a good mommy, maybe she knows she is all talk and nothing more, maybe she realizes that she is a rude nasty woman, I don't know, but I think those things could make a person look sad. Poor Kate, she can't have it all.

Steph said...

They could still be paying COBRA from Jon's state insurance, but they only get that for 18 months.

I have wondered that myself...but they could probably buy a private policy as all of the kids are healthy and Jon and Kate are physically healthy. If they can afford a private trainer (I doubt she volunteers her services) then they can probably afford a high deductible health insurance policy when COBRA runs out.

sherp said...

Folks - What is so hard to understand? Jon and Kate are making a ton of money and can afford any Health Insurance they want. Maybe part of the deal with TLC is the station pays for the Health Insurance. They are no longer poor people but probably Millionaires or close to it.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous 6:54 said: "Perhaps she is looking sad, because she knows what she is doing is wrong."

Your take would be nice to believe, but I do not think she has the level of insight needed to understand what she has created and that is is quite monstrous. I think she is mad and pouting because she is not getting the "special" attention she requires to maintain her narcissistic integrity. Look how she was acting out tonight. It was vile and hateful.

Anonymous said...

anon, 8:34 - i also was surprised by her comments tonight to jon at the end of the episode! actually i was really annoyed she was afraid a freaking cupcake would get the kids dirty when they had full body suit aprons on and it was their birthdays! it wasn't permanent marker, it was a tiny cake! secondly, her comments to him about being afraid the baked goods would have detrimental effects on his diet were just b*tchy. is she so perfect she can snap at him every moment he's not on the treadmill? to tell the truth, i can usually semi-tolerate her but i feel like she's been pretty hag-ish lately concerning his weight. ease up there, tummy tuck. jon didn't get free surgery, he's actually putting in some effort.

Anonymous said...

I must have missed something somewhere... why would Kate be missing Beth? What happened to their friendship?

Anonymous said...

Anon 9:10 - I agree Kate's comments at the end of tonights show regarding Jon's weight. That is mentally abusive, in my opinion at least. I don't know if she thinks she is being funny or what... but I know from expereince that it hurts! I had a (now) ex boyfriend (and his mother!) constantly call me "chubby" and tell me that I needed to lose weight... Mind you I weighed a whopping 105 pounds and the doctor was worried about my LOW weight... (And no, bf was not joking..He was 100% serious) Anyway point being, when I heard Kate saying those things to Jon tonight, it made me think back to that... and I have to say it made me feel bad for Jon.

SmartyQ said...

I too have been thinking if Kate is ill and Jon quit his job to help around the house. I hope that there isn't another headline in my newspaper that we saw with the Andrea Yates case a few years ago:( Reach out for help Kate.

Kate doesn't want help; Kate is perfect. Now the rest of the world, well, that's imperfect.

Jon quit his job because he's lazy and never wanted to work anyway. That story about being fired because the tups would be too much of a drain on his employer's health insurance plan is codswallop. It was very nice of his employer to let him collect unemployment benefits because I'll bet he was fired for cause.

He quit the job Kate begged to get for him because he discovered a gold mine in pimping out his children. Jon has a driveway with more ambition.

Andrea Yates is a tragic figure, and I firmly believe Rusty Yates should be serving time for his part (eg, making his wife live in a school bus) in those children's deaths.

Anonymous said...

Anon-9:57-In my only other post here, I stated perhaps Beth has chosen to "hide" so she too won't be subjected to the same criticisms(sewerage) Jon and Kate have to endure.
It was promptly stated, most assuredly, that Beth is no longer friends with Kate.
I have heard nothing from Kate's mouth about the subject nor have I read any statements from J&K, Beth or TLC confirming what I believe to be just others opinions on the matter.
To quote Ben Franklin..."Believe none of what you hear(in this case read)and half of what you see."

Nothing can be substantiated until confirmation of ANYTHING relating to Jon and Kate's life/show comes from those directly involved!

Deb!

Serena said...

Nothing can be substantiated until confirmation of ANYTHING relating to Jon and Kate's life/show comes from those directly involved!

We do have confirmation from those involved that both Aunt Jodi and Beth suffered a similar fate. Whether or not any readers believe it is not our issue... we are merely reporting what we have learned.

The Truth Will Set You Free said...

This is in response to Deb's comment: Do you really think that J&K or TLC are going to come out and make a "truthful" statement as to why Beth and Jodi have disappeared? I'm interested to hear if they will even address the issue that Jodi is no longer involved, but even if they do, I doubt that there will be any truth to what they say...just more "twisting".

"perhaps Beth has chosen to "hide" so she too won't be subjected to the same criticisms(sewerage) Jon and Kate have to endure".

I highly doubt that Beth is concerned about this because she has a wonderful reputation and is a Godly, kind lady who only has the kids best interest in mind. J&K bring the criticisim on themselves by their behavior.

Anonymous said...

QUOTE: I missed where it was said on the show that Kate takes naps while the tups do. Can someone refresh my memory? Thanks!

ANSWER: In the episode of hanging the blinds; Jon goes to the gym; Cara forgets her lunch: Kate says the 'tups are napping and I am off to nap, as well!

Anonymous said...

I think many of us feel that until Jon, Kate, Jodi or Beth actually make a statment then everything else is speculation...even if it comes from Jodi's "sister". The way I see things, everyone "else" are just outsiders. And Julie is not "involved" with Jon or Kate's life nor their relationships. She only has spent a little time with Jon and Kate and from what I have read from her blog, she does NOT have a relationship with them. I think a lot of us are skeptical of her and her "inside" information. Maybe she should post some pictures of her and Jodi etc to show that indeed they are related? Just an idea.

As far as Kate being sick, it does seem that both Jon and Kate are a little "down" in the last few episodes. I wouldn't say that she has NPD or that she is "sick" but I do think that there is something going on.

Also, I take a nap sometimes when my kids are napping and that doesn't make me depressed or lazy...just tired! and I only have 2 kids, a housekeeper once a month like Kate does, a babysitter a few times a month like Kate does, and a husband who is very hands on, just like Kate does. I wonder what that makes me?

mswestern said...

"I only have 2 kids, a housekeeper once a month like Kate does, a babysitter a few times a month like Kate does, and a husband who is very hands on, just like Kate does. I wonder what that makes me?"

I believe it makes you a person who has underestimated the amount of help Kate receives on a daily basis. There is a big difference between very part-time assistance and full-time domestic help.

Anonymous said...

Anon 9:10 - I agree Kate's comments at the end of tonights show regarding Jon's weight. That is mentally abusive, in my opinion at least. I don't know if she thinks she is being funny or what... but I know from expereince that it hurts! I had a (now) ex boyfriend (and his mother!) constantly call me "chubby" and tell me that I needed to lose weight... Mind you I weighed a whopping 105 pounds and the doctor was worried about my LOW weight... (And no, bf was not joking..He was 100% serious) Anyway point being, when I heard Kate saying those things to Jon tonight, it made me think back to that... and I have to say it made me feel bad for Jon.

I was mentally high fiving Jon for stepping up to the plate with his comments back to Kate after she pretty much called him fat

Anonymous said...

Folks I have been reading this blog for a few weeks now, and I must admit I agree with most of your thoughts about J&K. As a former Disney employee of the wonderful Walt Disney World Resort executive offices, I know many of the people who “served with pleasure and happiness” J&K on their visit to the Magic Kingdom. Kate made the employee feel really bad, when they only wanted to make her kids happy by serving free ice cream to them on a very, very hot day in August. You are right in your feelings about what she exclaimed about her beloved daughter “she is ruined.” Knowing how the barter system still works in this country TLC probably traded free advertising for the Mouse House for a free four day trip for J&K. Knowing how Disney treats each and every guest who enter that park with the utmost dignity and respect, all I can say is that Kate should be ashamed of her behavior not only to her own daughter, but to the employees who made sure her trip was a memorable one. I know for a fact if the child had spilled ice cream all over herself, the D employee would have given her a free outfit from one of the stores right near where they all stood in front of the castle. Kate was extremely ungrateful and made a complete fool of herself not only in front of her children, but all of America who happened to watch that particular episode! I wouldn’t be surprised if D never ever offers her a free trip again knowing the last antics she displayed in a public forum, especially on D property and for a free trip for her family. Most of the free trips to that magical place are to be reserved for very, very sick children for their Make A Wish requests, or for people who are really down and out on their luck.

As to the pay they probably receive for their beloved family memories I would say it is probably in the neighborhood of $2000 - $5,000 per episode. Now if J&K were foolish enough to have Jon quit his job, with benefits, and a pension for the future, I wouldn’t be surprised within two years the show will probably be cancelled for lack of interest alone. Most of the cable networks make the major part of the monies derived from their shows. They are not ignorant people, when they prepare a contract they know exactly what they are doing. And as to the lawyer who probably handled their contract, remember he is in it for the money too. I believe these two are just ignorant and were in it for the fame and exploitation of their children. They won’t realize it until it is too late the huge mistake they have made on behalf of their children. Their older daughter Mady is displaying signs of contempt already.

I must agree with another viewer’s comment indicating it is a shame to view the fits of anger and temper tantrums, bathroom breaks, etc.. on cable TV, they are right the children have lost all of their privacy because of an effort on behalf of their parents to make money and think they will not have to work a day again because they are “reality stars” is a joke and an unbelievable selfish act by their parents.

After last night’s episode, which I watched as a rerun, on TV (I couldn’t miss the ABC Bachelorette episode!) I found it amazing that all of the boys missed out on their cupcake desserts, however when Hannah had help finishing her dinner because she also did not want to eat, it really didn’t seem fair to the boys. I too really think maybe Kate suffers from Munchow’s disorder too. One does not have to poison or hurt their offspring with this disorder, it is a need by the parent for extreme attention !

Knowing how we all feel about J&K prayer will help, and writing to the network about your feelings about them. They do listen, and TLC is suppose to be regarded as a learning network. As I said before, they probably wish the contract would end soon too. I bet the producer is tired and wants another assignment. I too feel ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Many people on this blog will talk about it to others whether it is at the water cooler at their jobs, or just out with friends, etc. But word is getting out and I really believe Jon knows it too, because you could tell something was wrong with him in the Girls Day Out Episode. He is on to her constantly asking him to go and get this or that over and over again. Maybe he just doesn’t know what to do, probably wishes he could do things differently. Who knows, maybe he is getting in better shape to go back out into the world to work a real job again.

As to his claim that he is an IT Analyst…well for $38,000 I would say he was a glorified clerk! I could actually say I was an IT Analyst…I did SAP reports, analyzed the program,etc. But for a salary of $38,000 he definitely was not a real IT Programmer Analyst. Even though he worked for the great state of PA, a real IT Analyst (with programming skills, etc.) is paid much more than $38,000. Anyway these are my thoughts…but I will keep the children in my prayers, they deserve the best life has to offer.

Anonymous said...

Jon WORKS all the time - being mother and father to the kids - does all the dressing, bathing, constantly packing and unpacking the van - does all the errands and much more. He is the one taking care of the kids,house,van and everything else. He is the house husband. Nothing wrong with that.

Anonymous said...

I read they are getting 65,000 an episode which is more in line for a hit show than two to three thousand an episode. Who cares about a 39,000K a year job with a three hour commute when Jon makes a lot more staying home and the only one who does anything around the house. Has anyone ever heard if Jon is a University Graduate? I have not and would be surprised if he was.

Anonymous said...

I am sure that J has no form of college degree. He got married when he was 22 and was working in a hotel then. Before that, he worked in retail. As to this IT analyst job - with no college degree working in the IT department of the governor's office - he was probably functioning at a really low level job - like a clerk - but not a technical IT professional. Do people really think these two mar making $65,000 per episode? If that's true then for the 39 episodes so far in season 3, they've earned $2,535,000. Can this be right?

Serena said...

Do people really think these two mar making $65,000 per episode?

Not at all. They are not credited as having any involvement in the production of the show; a salary of $5-$6K per episode would be more reasonable.

Not a Sheeple said...

Do people really think these two mar making $65,000 per episode? If that's true then for the 39 episodes so far in season 3, they've earned $2,535,000. Can this be right?

To my recollection the $65k per episode was put out by a viewer with no ties to the show or the family. I know of no reason to give it any credibility.

Anonymous said...

We do know that hit TV shows make a lot of money for the participants. These guys would too. Even if it was 5,000 an episode for forty episodes - thats 200,000 a year - a lot more than the chump change Jon was making at 38,000 a year with benefits. Jon had a ninety minute commute each way - with the price of gas, he would be paying his "salary" for gas.

Anonymous said...

IS the five thousand an episode from someone who has a connection to the show or family? Ray Romano and Jerry Sinefeld were making a million an episode for their hits. 65,000 is not that much for a hit show on constant rerun, which I hope they were smart enough to get a percentage of the repeat money.

Anonymous said...

If it were be five or six thousand, would it not be per person - all ten, which comes to the 65K figure?

Anonymous said...

The credibility is being the stars of a successful TV show.

Anonymous said...

There is no way they are making $65,000 an episode. An actor just starting in the business starts at $20,000 to $40,000 an episode on a regular prime time series on NBC, ABC, and CBS whether it be a comedy or drama. I think them making somewhere in four figures per episode is more accurate.

Anonymous said...

This show won't end because a producer says enough is enough. There are always more producers to get or people in the industry who are looking in to get into producing. One person quiting is not going to end this show.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Producers are a dime a dozen, while there is only one family with sextruplets and a set of twin. Of course, TLC is paying the bucks to this family to keep producing.

Anonymous said...

I agree with so much that has been said. This show is getting painful to watch....Kate should have had dolls. I'd like to think she will regret not appreciating this time with her family but from what I've observed she has very little to no capacity for self reflection.

As for the money/jobs, I truly hope they are planning for the future. Even if they are looking at millions of dollars a year, they now have a publicist and manager, each of whom are paid a percentage, household help, personal assistants and childcare all of which is expensive although some of those expenses may be covered by the network. Freebies can only go so far and Kate has created a very expensive lifestyle for herself. The American public has a relatively short attention span and higher order multiples are just not that rare anymore. J&K have left the public with such a distasteful impression that I can't imagine they will have any success marketing their "wholesome" family for commercials or product endorsements once the show ends. I think those kids are adorable and despite my suspicion that Kate manipulated herself into fertility treatments they should be so thankful that all of them are healthy, not the norm with HOM. Good luck to them.

Anonymous said...

I don't for a second believe Kate manipulated anything in the fertility game - people go for treatments for years and never get pregnant. If it were that easy, everyone would be getting pregnant.
If they are smart enough, I am not so sure they are, and buy a house free and clear, they would be light years ahead of us working stiffs. Jon can go back to his low level clerk job then if they don't invest wisely.
I agree the attention span will be quick and particularly at the show is not being produced correctly with all the attention on mean Kate and not the kids.

FIONA said...

Anonymous said...
I don't for a second believe Kate manipulated anything in the fertility game - people go for treatments for years and never get pregnant. If it were that easy, everyone would be getting pregnant


But what if Kate truly didn't have fertility problems. I for one have no reason to believe anything at all from her. I really don't think this idea is unthinkable.

Anonymous said...

*Remember when... at the tups FIRST Birthday, they were allowed to dig into their cakes with their bare hands and shove it not only in their mouths but all over themselves!?!

sabrinasmom said...

"I think many of us feel that until Jon, Kate, Jodi or Beth actually make a statment then everything else is speculation..."

I wouldn't believe a word Jon or Kate said - everything is damage control. The "truth" is what you see every week. Yes, there is editing, but to quote Heather B. from the original Real World. "They use what you give them." Jodi's sister's blog has too many nuances to make it true enough for me.

Anonymous said...

It would be next to impossible for Kate to get pregnant with six emberyo without fertility drugs. The Dionne Quints was a miracle.

K.C. said...

Anonymous said...
There is no way they are making $65,000 an episode. An actor just starting in the business starts at $20,000 to $40,000 an episode on a regular prime time series on NBC, ABC, and CBS whether it be a comedy or drama. I think them making somewhere in four figures per episode is more accurate.


One of the ladies from the Real Housewives of NY, (on Bravo), revealed that their total payment, (for all of the 1st season episodes combined), was under $5,000.

sherp said...

Anybody can be the Real Housewives, any body can produce the show and but there is only ONE Gooselin family.
Maybe with the first season episodes it was under five thousand but they have a hit show now with reruns constantly looping abd just signed for forty new episodes. Do folk really think TLC are going to nickel and dime the family with this show? I don't.
Anyone out there who actually knows what something like this is worth? BTW, there are ten actors in the Jon and Kate show.
I know the critics don't want the Gooselins to be making big buck - even if it is just 200,000K yearly, its a lot more than Jon's 38K. Frankly, they need the money.

Anonymous said...

Hi. I've never posted here before, and I am still trying to make up my mind about how I feel about the the gosslins. I love the show and while I can understand the concerns about the children and their involvement with the show, I can't help but notice that most of the comments here are centered around jon and kate's relationship, mostly Kate. It's funny because I haven't seen anything like this targeting the Duggers, and their children are exposed to the very same circumstances. I guess my question is, would there be so much interest here if Kate weren't so neurotic? Is it really about the kids media exposure or is this just one big "we hate kate' rally? And if so, isn't this exactly what tlc has set out to do, the train wreck that you can't stop watching? I mean no disrespect to anyone here, and like I said, I'm not sure how I feel about the show. If you are truely here because you care for the children, god bless you. I just think some of the posters here are just grandstanding, and to be honest, I think it's in poor taste.

Anonymous said...

Anon, there is criticism of the Duggars. Their TWoP thread kept getting shut down before it was usurped by the Gosselin circus. There seems to be a giant credibility gap between the media Duggars and the real family. Still, they do not do weekly programs and the kids lead a more or less private life. I've never seen a Duggar child filmed using the toilet or seen Mama Duggar shriek at her children. I suppose it raises the question of how we perceive and judge the people we see on TV. In some ways, Jon and Kate are "honest" because they have little media sophistication and don't control their image as well as the Duggars' do. On the other hand, greed is a losing proposition. The Duggars, uh, work and don't used their kids as their primary source of income.

Anonymous said...

That's another question I have, did Jon actually stop working? The way I understood it was that he was working from home...did I misunderstand? And dont get me wrong, there are times when I cringe at the things Kate says sometimes but I don't get the impression that her children aren't loved and well cared for. What if Kate were the "perfect mother" on tv, would we still be so concerned? And as for the things I've read about speaking engagements and the money they make for the show, is there evidence to back this up or is it all just speculation? As I said in my earlier post, I'm just trying to make an imformed decision about supporting the show and allowing my children to watch. I know that I don't see anything that merrits the 1000 message boards I've seen but then I don't believe they would exist if something weren't quite right.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, anon for your comments and concerns. Yes, Jon had an IT job that he stopped (I'm not sure exactly when) and went to work for Beth's husband, and then, vaguely, that job seemed to disappear. The understanding now is that Jon now manages the Gosselin family business--speaking engagements, photo sales, and love offerings and gifts. The public speaking engagements are published on this website as well as on others.
Obviously, Kate is being highlighted for for her dramatic behavior. She does not seem to strive to be a tolerant and as controlled as the rest of us would hope to be in stressful situations. Personally, I would not let small children watch this show because Kate's behavior often comes across as cruel and demeaning to her family. It's just my opinion. I would say watch a few "interesting" episodes such as the recent cupcake birthday party, the gum-on-the toys and teddy episode, and sick Joel being banished to the tile laundry room floor, and make up your own mind. The controversy surrounding this show is for a reason. It can be a very public and disturbing view of a dysfunctional family not handling life very well, but choosing to be very public about it.

Sara said...

I read during a discussion on another board a couple of months ago, that the Little People, Big World family made $10,000 per episode, and it was estimated that the Gosselins make the same because it is a show of comparible success. Who knows if it's true, but it seems like it could be plausible.