Picture Perfect - October 6, 2008

Good Housekeeping asked the Gosselins to be on the cover of the November issue, which proves more challenging than originally anticipated. With over 35 people on the premises, how does the family cope? And will Good Housekeeping get the perfect photo?

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Ravello said...

Havent seen the show yet, it has not aired, but the previews today caused my Blood pressure to rise. It looked like the kids were being treated like circus animals. Forced to pose for pictures. Various kids crying and throwing fits in the previews.
These are young children who should be enjoying childhood, not working for a living to support their jobless parents.
I get upset when I see the kids forced to perform.

paula s said...

"We had wardrobe"

GAG GAG GAG

And I sincerely hope that cute dog is NOT theirs.

Anonymous said...

EwEw...check out that brand spankin' new Stainless Steel Washer/Washer in the Laundry/MakeUp room!

Just Me said...

Someone said recently that they DID get a dog, that they are their neighbours and could see the dog while they were making their "music video"

Anonymous said...

You need an aerial photograph to get you all in the picture? There are pictures of family/class reunions with 100 in them, team photos with 50, club pictures in yearbooks with 60...and you can't squeeze 10...8 of them little...in your cover shot. Get over yourself Jon.

Anonymous said...

"93 degree weather but we had no choice we had to dress them like it was winter"

PLEASE someone step in and get this show cancelled or fine Jon and Kate this is really wrong!!!

Anonymous said...

Kate asked that puppets be brought out and they are almost 5 Mady is acting out and Cara hates it.
No smiles. How Sad.. How stupid can you get.
PSSS Can you say I admired the "wreath" in other words,, can someone please give me a free wreath for Thanksgiving..

Anonymous said...

We "pretended" to do an art project! Give me a break...this isn't acting?

Anonymous said...

It seems like the kids are having fun ?? They all look adorable !!! And Jon is looking pretty fit and trim.

And the Washer/Dryer set has been there for awhile. And about the same time I noticed in on J&K+8, they had a show about it on Little People Big World and they got the same one.

Corinne said...

I wonder why Mady and Cara aren't showing their "gorgeous smiles!"
/sarcasm

Anonymous said...

Little People Big World is going to Iraq to help the little people there. Poor and hungry. Families in need. Dangerous to say the least. I love em..
Kate just wants to make in her words "everyone aware of their show" Yuck Yuck.

Anonymous said...

Cara looks so sad in this episode. She also looked sad in the Hawaii pictures from People magazine.

Anonymous said...

2 days of shooting for small children. Outrageous!!!

Anonymous said...

"Fat people aren't on covers so we had be tall and thin"...OMG

Anonymous said...

Wow lets give them chocolate and 9;20am and give them a dog to perform whats next drugs and beer?

Anonymous said...

Tonight show should be called ..A peek at how we are abusing our kids by Jon and Kate.

Anonymous said...

"They love doing this-different "people to play with"...KATE most kids would rather PLAY with other kids-not the Good Housekeeping Staff.

And how cruel to both the kids and the dog for that stunt.

PLEASE...spare me the dancing. And who does Kate pick up to dance with first? Hannie...SHOCKING!

tmc said...

Everthing is "Pretend". We had to pretend it was fall, We had pretend we were doing crafts, We had to pretend this was normal. Pretend, Pretend, Pretend... that's all they do. They are NOT a normal family.

Mady and Cara looked miserable. I can't imagine, what it's like for them. All they need is attention. Did you see the look on Mady's face when she was playing the piano. She was so happy.

Can you imagine if you were their next door neighbors.

You can tell Kate thinks she's a star.

The reward for the kids after the shoot and playing for the dog...was to be "just kids". How said was that comment.

Did I see Jenny there at all? Did anyone see Jenny?

Anonymous said...

It annoys me SO much how Kate acts like she is forced to do these types of things, i.e. "I was stressed about it for a couple of days." No one has put a gun to her head.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"Fat people aren't on covers so we had be tall and thin"...OMG

10/06/2008 6:25 PM
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I think she said that meaning that the front of the cover was not very big and they had to cram all 10 of them together.

Anonymous said...

It finally dawned on me-I can't stand these people. Phony-Phony-Phony and yet as fake as they are THAT is who they really are!

I can't stand them. God help me.

scaryskiernewjersey said...

Rewards = Freebies How many times did she mention how the kids love the "rewards" they get when they do these "fun" things. I guess the kids are learning to expect things when they go places by the way Kate said it. The apples aren't falling far fromt he tree.

Jennifer said...

"Fat people aren't on covers so we had be tall and thin"...OMG

I think this comment was taken way out of context. Was referring to how the photo was shot, meaning it had to be tall and thin.

I did find it cute the way Jon was playing with the kids in the beginning.

And yes, those washer and dryers have been there for quite some time.

All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by this episode.

Them dancing to footloose at the end was too cute

Anonymous said...

"We had wardrobe"

hahaha...I'm a Gymbo junkie and it looks like she upgraded to Janie & Jack (a subsidary of Gymboree but higher end) instead of using Gymbo for the photos.

Anonymous said...

Gee could Kate be any HAPPIER about being on the cover of a major publication! She was rude, embarrassing and her usual complaining self about everything! Sheesh!!

Anonymous said...

Yes-Jenny was there. You see shots of her here and there.

Lauren said...

Ugh, Footloose. See any of the little boys having fun then? No.

Anonymous said...

"Did I see Jenny there at all? Did anyone see Jenny?"

I think I may have seen Jenny the day they shot in the studio. Right before they gave the boys those chocolate bars. Im not for sure, but I think it was her.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't she pretty rude when talking about the photographer? Maybe someone else has the direct quotes, but she didn't seem too happy with him?

Barbara said...

Quoting Kate:

They love these days, they love to travel, they love to get out of the house and be with different people. I think I'm gonna barf. Did you see their faces? Did they look like they loved it?

Also, her comment that this was a "reputable" magazine. She's right, it is reputable, or at least it was until now.

Anonymous said...

Isn't it funny how the ones she shows the most attention to (THE GIRLS) are the least well-behaved and attentive in situations like this and the ones she shows the less attention to (BOYS) are just quiet and do what they're told? And she's complained in the past about the boys being so misbehaved? And Collin looked so sad and quiet at the studio shoot. Poor guy.

Anonymous said...

paula s said...
"We had wardrobe"


Yes I'm sure those clothes the kids wore will be showing up in the local consignment shop anyday or their next local "charity" garage sale.

Anonymous said...

Did I see Jenny there at all? Did anyone see Jenny?"

I think I may have seen Jenny the day they shot in the studio. Right before they gave the boys those chocolate bars. Im not for sure, but I think it was her.

10/06/2008 6:35 PM


Yes she was there. Towards the end, they do a group shot of all the people behind the camera. She was the first person you see towards the left of your TV screen.

Anonymous said...

Once again Kon wer complaing how small their house was. Please, my grandmother's house isn't even half the size of their 1st floor yet we manage to fit 25 people in there every holiday with room to move around and not be on top of each other.

I think the washer and dryer have been there for a while. But she has 2 sets of them. How the heck can she complain about laundry and the amount she has to do when she has 2 washer and 2 dryers? And did anyone notice the Electrolux commercials? i wonder if that was who gave them the washer and dryers and if so I wonder if a load of clothes can actually be done in 36 minutes like they say. If so then why does Kate complain about laundry?

I just feel so sorry for Maddie and Cara. You can so tell they are unhappy but KON goes on living in this 'pretend' world where their children are fine and their life is perfect.

Anonymous said...

good housekeeping picked out and purchased the clothes and they are returned to them after the shoot. Atleast thats how it was when my kids modeled, the client always had the clothes in their possession and you changed into them at the shoot. their clothing choice since its their magazine that is footing the bill. i wonder what they got paid for this one. I for one will never buy that magazine again.

Anonymous said...

What are these kids going to be like when they get older? Are they going to expect everything to be handed to them? They enjoy the 'rewards' now but what will happen when this all fades away?

Anonymous said...

"They love these days, they love to travel, they love to get out of the house and be with different people."

Yeah Kate, keep telling yourself that. It sounds so believeable when you say it like that and I'm sure if you say it enough times, maybe you will start believing it too!

Anonymous said...

"Hannah wanted to stay with me"

Well then there, that's a shocker!

grannie annie said...

Poor Libby... Whoever brought that poor dog in there should be reported. It looked miserable. Now the little performers must be amused by a helpless dog. Lordy Bee if it should "shed". This coming from someone who took pictures of "poop". Nasty

Anonymous said...

Things I noticed:
Kate telling them that it had to be 65 degrees in the studio! Diva!

At the end when "Footloose" started playing, I believe Kate said, "Footloose, by Kenny Loggins" and John said, "Can we meet you?" Ugh. Beg, why don't you?

I felt so bad for Cara - that poor girl knows this lifestyle is wrong. You can tell she is hurting. Poor, poor child.

Anonymous said...

I thought this episode was a bore. They are really stretching to get new material for this show. During the couch interview they kept saying the same thing over and over. About the wardrobe and them having to smile. This show needs to come to an end. They should of not even made this an episode. I am so tired of seeing these people get freebies and special treatment. The kids are going to grow and expect people owe them something everywhere they go. The children are in for a big let down when they learn that most people actually have to reach into their pockets to pay for things. I am so sick of the Gosselins. The stock market is about to crash and we have this family with their hand constantly out wanting more, and more. Enough already. TLC I think it is time to cancel this show and try to repair thi networks image.

Anonymous said...

All I can say is that watching people pose for pictures for 20 minutes... BORING. I would rather just watch them dance for half an hour.

Anonymous said...

Dance Monkey Kon Dance!!

AmandaT said...

Ok, let's start the letters to Good Housekeeping! Ya know, I used to actually buy that magazine frequently. Never again.

lauren said...

I can't wait to read the full write-up. I only caught the last five minutes (see the dance comment above).

And that dog did look miserable. Yeah, Kate, let your kids mess with that poor animal that would one day snap at their little hands and faces.

goldensglitter said...

How anyone could perceive this family as normal is beyond me. Those poor kids, Mady and Cara seemed totally miserable. The little kids, well, I cannot believe they are subjected to such nonsense as this photo shoot. Kate could not crack a smile if her life depended on it, except of course, in front of the camera. All to promote the family job. So, so sad. A pathetic attempt at entertainment.

Anonymous said...

I can not believe that they made this GH shoot an episode. What is so entertaining about watching a group of freeloaders pose for a picture in order to get more free stuff? They are really grasping at straws when it comes to making episode for these con artist. They should have the viewers request episode. Where the viewers pick what this family does next. I vote for the final episode to be next week. It would involve the Gosselins getting into their big gigantic blue bus, and going to TLC. They all get out of the van and tell TLC executives to take this job and shove it they are not working for TLC anymore. Then the Gosselins get into their big blue bus and are never seen on television again. Now that would be an episode worth watching.

EP said...

My heart melted with Mady went up and hugged the steamer lady. A perfect stranger, and she greets her with a hug. Mady is not a brat as seen in other episides. She's just an average 7 year old who wants some of her mommy's love.

Cara looked miserable as usual. You can tell that she just feels so out of place from her 'family'.

And seeing this episode is about a housekeeping magazine and all - Kate, put the cleaning and chores aside for a while, and spend some quality mother/child time with EACH of your children. It's easy to see that Hannah and Joel are the favorites of Jon and Kate. The cleaning can wait, Kate; the kids however cannot. I promise you that no one has died of a messy living room.

Anonymous said...

MESSAGE FOR KON:

If you are reading this or someone from your PR firm are reading this,

PLEASE FOR THE SAKE OF YOUR CHILDREN, STOP SHOWING THEM IN THEIR UNDERWEAR!!!!!

Poor Taste TLC.

Anonymous said...

I think you have that wrong, Joel is a 'least' favorite.

Anonymous said...

How can you not believe they made an entire epi out of a photoshoot? nother 65k to watch them be photographed, why not? It's something they were going to do anyway. Kate logic.

Anonymous said...

At the end of the show there was a lady with black shorts and a purplish colored top on and I thought for a second it might be Beth ?? But they never showed her head ? It was when the girls were chasing the dog around.

So did they get to keep the dog ?

Anonymous said...

>>So did they get to keep the dog ?<<

Lordy Be! For the dog's sake I certainly hope not!

Call the SPCA!

ThreeFarmers said...

Did I hear wrong or did Jon at the beginning of the epi say that the first floor of their house wasn't that big, just 2000 sq ft?

That's HUGE for a 1st floor. Hell, it's bigger than the average American's full house and that doesn't include the G's finished basement or, apparently, the upstairs let alone the twin's room as that is a finished attic.

Jon, you need to come back down to earth, buddy. Saying that a 2000 sq ft main floor is small is ridiculous.

Kristyn said...

This episode infuriated me. How anyone can say these children are NOT working/under stress when they're under those HOT lights for hours (hotter than the *studio lights* installed in their bedrooms), and to top it all off it's in the 90s and these young children are being forced to wear heavy sweaters!

And no, they didn't look happy. If it wasn't affecting them before, it's obviously affecting the twins a LOT now.

Anonymous said...

Their first floor is NOT 2000 sq. ft...According to online records, Jon is way off! Nice try!

Anonymous said...

My husband had a good point...their reward was, at one point in the show, to have playtime and act like kids...and then they had to get back to their job!

Anonymous said...

I'm watching the Duggars. They are good people, with respect and manners. Yes, a bit strange with their religious beliefs, but they do walk the walk as well as talk the talk - unlike KON. How very refreshing compared to KON!!! I bring up them up because I think their time slot following KON will make even the most hardcore sheeple see the blatant contrast and start seeing that KON is an evil farce.

Anonymous said...

I haven't watched this episode but after reading most of the above comments - I don't think I want to. I used to love this show. It really is sad. Cara and Maddy are rarely happy and always throwing fits. Is this normal for 7 or 8 year olds? I thought 3rd graders were supposed to be carefree and happy?

Anonymous said...

To get the family to smile that did not need the puppets. GH should of just waved 100 dollar bills. That could of kept that family smiling.

Anonymous said...

I looked it up... the downstairs is 1440...according to the county.

Anonymous said...

Okay let's all remember:

These kids AREN'T acting.

This is a REALITY show.

The kids LOVE to travel and do this kind of thing.

They get REWARDED after NOT ACTING on a REALITY show for a PHOTO SHOOT that we're PRETENDING that it's THANKSGIVING for. Oh and they looked so MISERABLE during the whole shoot because they LOVE doing this stuff.

And to throw it all together and really confuse the kids that aren't acting let's PRETEND to do crafts! Have fun kids because you know you LOVE this stuff!

Illusion anyone?

seashell said...

That had to be one of the most boring episodes. Ever.

I used to like the show until I started to see the truth. Then I watched the show with a heated passion wanting to just smack them. Now...I just don't care. Of course I care about the exploitation of the children, but the show has run it's course for me. I'm simply bored with it.

I can only hope that I'm not the only one feeling this way. The more people tire of this show, the less we will see of the Gosselins.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone notice the Adoptions from the Heart commercial that aired during the show? Maybe that's the agency they are going to use.

Anonymous said...

So much for the "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval"

Anonymous said...

First of all, Jon said that it was 93 degrees those 2 days of the photo shoot. Then, twice, he said it was 95. No matter. The fact that those kids had to dress up in Fall/Winter attire in the blazing heat for hours is ridiculous. As Kon said, they thought it would be quick; but Kate then said they took 101 photos. This is where her exaggeration comes back to bite her. Oh, it's NOT working, and it's OK to make those kids pose in hot clothing in that weather????? Then they took a nap, then had to continue on???
Jon remarked that when they got to the place for the other shoot, it ws indoors and 65. Did you notice that he said a bus was sent for them because their van was in the shop?? (hint, hint car dealerships) And on the deck while taking pics, the guys says "Mom, you're gorgeous!" This is what she lives for. She actually believes it. Another strange thing. One of the crew claimed that they brought over a dog for a short while to help the photoshoot along; but she PROMISED Kate ahead of time that it wouldn't shed! I wonder why she had to promise that? The family was wearing clothing that is used just for the shoot, then they hand it back. So, why would Kate worry that the dog might shed? Also, during the lunch break, I was irritated as they placed BIBS on these 4 1/2 year old children. This was not to cover up their photo shoot borrowed clothing, either. It's still part of their regular routine, I guess. Anybody else put bibs on their kids till...what...their fifth birthday, maybe??? These parents are WARPED. Also, did you catch smiling Kate yanking one of the twins who was standing near her left him and wasn't cooperating?
Yeah, those kids sure looked like they had FUN. Unbearable fun. Fun that was forced on them, no matter how uncomfortable.
And they had the gall to sit on that chair and look at the camera and repeat over and over how much fun the kids had and how they love to do this, and they LOVE these experiences, and getting to play with new people....KATE wake up! Your kids should not have to look forward to a new adult CREW to play with. The crew is there just doing their job. They may say cutsie things and try to entertain those kids for a bit; but they are just doing their job, as they do every day. Unfortunately, those are not appropriate "playmates" for your little kids. What kind of a warped home life did you come from to think this is how it should be? So, by talking about the temperature, and everything else you mentioned; you ADMITTED that your children are subjected to unbearable things while they are WORKING. Do you not realize that you are providing all of the evidence against yourself???? Just because you smile and repeat that they love it -- does NOT make it true!
By far, this was one of the most telling episodes of how low they have sunk, how child actor advocates are correct in trying to get those kids out of the spotlight....and speaking of spotlight. The current lights in your home weren't enough?? You exposed them to even MORE lighting being brought in???? This surely is an abusive life for these children, and they never signed up for it. Helllllooooo think Dionne Quints, Kate.....and think long and hard. I also disliked the quote that the shoot was "great for the, uh...the family and good for the show....we all KNOW what it was good for: your wallet!

Anonymous said...

I agree that by having those other families on just before and/or after Kon's show --the difference will be self-evident.
Maybe that's TLC's way of drawing this to a close. The ratings will go down, people won't support the show anymore....the ideas for new episodes are bleak. A trip, a dog, a baby....they are grasping at straws.
I feel the same way about BPLW. Although it has not become as offensive as Kon, they ran out of their original story theme long ago...showing us how they can do everything, just in a different way. They send the father, who is a nice enough guy, but can't do much physically, over to a WAR zone, to meet with some dwarfs who need help? Surely, there's better television out there. TLC is giving itself a bad name. Fat people, surgery, tumors, warts...what's next?

paula s said...

Their first floor is NOT 2000 sq. ft...According to online records, Jon is way off! Nice try!

I wonder what else he exaggerates about?

paula s said...

They must have kept that poor dog. Why else would they say that they talked to Kate about it and it doesn't shed. If it is not their house why would shedding be an issue.

paula s said...

So, the new word for freebies is "rewards". SPIN Kate SPIN.

Anonymous said...

I just had to email Don Gentile who recently wrote the report on the Gosselins for the Enquirer, showing how Paul Petersen is trying to help.
I am asking him to view this abusive episode.
dgentile@nationalenquirer.com

paula s said...

"I really felt like we had survived our wedding and it had gone off without a hitch"

Kate, don't you mean your vow renewal.

Anonymous said...

This episode made me feel even more sad than ever for those kids.

KON talking about how they need their kids to feel comfortable with a "crew," so they can get a good picture out of it. Horrible!

Oh, and their reward, to play like kids afterwards....
That statement is wrong in so many ways!

These kids should be outside in the sun, playing with friends...NOT CREW MEMBERS!

So sad....

Lisa

Anonymous said...

I find that the sound of Jon's voice now irritates me even more than Kate's.

Hearing him yell "We love you Kenny, can we meet you?" made me sick to my stomach.

Did you notice how when Kate was talking about where everyone stood...as she described it, they were all in relation to HER...because of course it is all about her.

I hated when the guy told her she looked gorgeous. GAG. How oh how is she going to endure that North Carolina heat?

I can't take much more. I'm exhausted.

AmandaT said...

Wow, I unfortunately caught a glimpse of the show as I was flipping channels. Cara's face as she sits on the porch rail says it all.

I just sent off an e-mail to Good Housekeeping (gheditor@goodhousekeeping.com). I am sure that I will get a "Thank you for your input but we could really care less," response, and yet I feel better for having sent it.

Dear Editor:
for many years I have enjoyed your magazine. Even before I became a wife and mother, I purchased your magazine frequently for the great recipes, and health and wellness tips. As the mom of a very active 18 month old, I have continued to frequently purchase your magazine as a resource where I can find fresh ideas (and one that I can easily put down and pick up again as I chase my toddler). Since becoming a mom, we've been very careful about the publications we bring into the house, and strive to avoid any magazine that we would not want our child exposed to. It is our intention to get into the habit of thinking twice, so when we blink and our child is old enough to read, we will have a safe home environment. Good Housekeeping has met this standard.
However, I am sad to report that I will never again purchase your publication, or allow it in my house. We do not support the exploitation of children for the purposes of entertainment. While I realize that I am just one person, and that my purchase most likely makes no difference, I firmly believe that apathy is a dangerous attitude.
Of course, I am talking about the choice to put the Gosselin family on the cover of your November issue. I am sure you are aware of the controversy behind this family (or at least I hope you looked into it before making a selection). The show went from being a look into the life a large family, working to survive - which I adored - to a show built around two parents who no longer work, and instead base their generous income on airing the most private moments of their minor children; a show that continues on even though the children are starting to show signs that it is a major stress in their lives.
The Gosselins do not mesh well with the average American family. While the majority of us walk the tightrope of caring for the children and working to provide a stable financial future, the Gosselins play poor and beg donations, freebies, and love offerings all the while making a large sum of money from the show. Neither parent works a real job, yet the children are the breadwinners, as they are the main draw for the show. Their privacy and dignity is traded for the entertainment of the veiwers, with little regard for the childrens' futures.
I could go on and on, but I will spare you. I only wanted to pass along that I will never again purchase your magazine as you have joined the apathetic many in turning a blind eye to the welfare of the Gosselin children.
Sincerely,
Amanda T

Anonymous said...

gheditor@goodhousekeeping.com

I have a few letters that I keep so I can just copy/paste them onto the email, that way I'm not caught up in the moment, and it sounds more professional, rather than a rant, and depending on who the letter is going to, magazine, TV, legal. Sometimes I put at the bottom that a copy of the email is also being cc'd to the dept of labor or whoever else I'm fowarding it to about the need for laws for all children in reality TV.
I hope they aren't able to buy off the councilors at the school, and I hope if there are any problems there that they do report it if needed.
I hate watching the show, and only watch the new ones now to see who I need to write to, but I also watch it with the close caption on too, he did say he wanted to meet Kenny Loggins, I looked him up on Wikpedia, and this is what I saw there..Loggins is reported to be working on a third children's album for next year, another hint Jonny Boy, I bet his Dad is so proud watching down on all this happening, and if he would have been pushed away if he tried to have a heart to heart with them.

Anonymous said...

Well, they said they "brought in" the dog just for awhile for the shoot.
I think they would have pulled alligators out of their butts to get those kids to smile.

Kelly said...

The main thing I notice with these kids is that they are not socialized enough. Its good that the twins go to school and now the tups are in part-time pre-school but still..it seems like all they do is spend time with eachother. We NEVER see them socializing with people of their own age. I wonder if Cara and Maddy are still allowed to play with Taliah? Now that Beth is apparently out of the picture? And this episode was pretty bad...not only boring, but very sad. I used to like this family so much but now they are so...not normal. They are millionaires. Nobody can identify with them anymore.

Anonymous said...

>>"I really felt like we had survived our wedding and it had gone off without a hitch"

Kate, don't you mean your vow renewal.<<

Yeah...that made no sense to me. Like why was she bringing that up?

Those poor sad kids. Their parents need help-as my dad would say "They need to have their heads examined!"

Angela said...

This episode was especially sickening. The emotional damage being done to the twins alone is so blatently obvious I don't see how Jon and Kate can ignore it. My heart breaks for all the kids. Almost 8 year olds should not be that unhappy all the time, I swear Mady has more meltdowns than the sextuplets even.

Anonymous said...

I don't watch the show anymore, so I read the recaps here. Tonight's was more painful to read than usual.

I took my teenage and preteen sons for pictures last November for our Christmas card. Even though we went to the photographer who does the pictures for their sports teams and they are familiar with him, they were very uncomfortable. They didn't like being posed for 45 minutes and generally hated the whole deal. They begged me on the way home to never do that again. Since it bothered them so much, I won't. It's as simple as that. We'll take some casual pictures in our yard this year or something like that.

My heart breaks for the much younger G kids because they had to endure what my kids hated for 45 minutes- for TWO DAYS. And it doesn't matter one iota if they don't want to do it anymore, they don't have a choice or a voice. Wrong, wrong, wrong..... on so many levels.

Anonymous said...

Amanda T

What a thoughtful and well written letter. Thanks for sending it and for sharing it with us. You are an inspiration to all those of us who share your concern if not your eloquence!

I subscribed to GH for many, many years and my daughter currently has a subscription...never again for either of us.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget the Enquirer:
(Don Gentile)
dgentile@nationalenquirer.com

Anonymous said...

Dear Editor,

As a long time reader of Good Houskeeping, I am saddened that I will no longer be able to support your publication. Your decision to put the Gosselin's on the cover of your magazine has left me shocked and upset. Subjecting 4 year old and 8 yerar old children to a two day photo shoot is just awful. I can not even begin to imagine how you thought this was appropriate. The fact that you even chose the Gosselin's tells me that Good Housekeeping does not stand for what I thought it did. The Gosselin's should not be shoved down out throats as a great family. The parents are not what I consider role models. These parents sell their children's private moments for a profit. They make their living off the backs of their childrens labor. Having your home as a production stage is not in the best interest of the children. Taping and retaping private moments is not in the kids best interest. Having children shuffled to event after event, being subjected to situations such as your 2 day photo shoot and having parents who dont seem to care about the effect of their actions should not be rewared with publicity. What are you thinking? Kate Gosselin is a phony and I think you should research these people before deciding to promote them.
Kate admits she does not wake up with the children, get them ready for school, bath them, make their beds or put them to bed at night. What is it exactly that she does then to earn her the reputation as a "great" mother in your magazine. These parents film their children 12 hours a day 3-4 days a week, then off they go, leaving the kids with sitters so that they can "speak" at churches and pander money from hard working people whos earning are far less than the Gosselins. These parents do not work, expect handouts and then sell the items that are donated to them for a profit when they no longer need them. I would be more apt to accept them on you magazine if they actually payed it forward and helped other families in need and stopped misleading the public with their lies.

Again, I cannot begin to express how sad I am that I can no longer support your magazine. I know I am not the only person who feels this way. Many people at my job have also commented that having the Gosselin's portrayed in your magazine will cause them to longer support you as well.

Thank you for your time,

A former reader,
Erin Leigh

former fan quinn said...

"So much for the "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval"

I couldn't agree more.

This episode annoyed me. I felt bad for the kids. Why do they have to "work"?

If I hear Kate say "They love to travel" one more time I'll scream! Kids their age love to go to the park, Chuck E Cheese, friends' houses...not traveling! How ridiculous.

And I found it quite sad that the children cling onto strangers and give hugs so freely. It's just plain sad and I've seen it in other episodes as well.

Kon really acted so snooty this episode. Like they are big Hollywood stars or something. Gimme a break...they're money-hungry people exploiting their children by making them "work" probably 40+ hours a week.

I'm just amazed that in today's day and age a show like this is on the air. I know reality shows of all types are popular. But we're talking about little kids here! It's just so wrong.

How can all of these people sleep at night?

I keep thinking of the sad faces on the kids. It's not right!

fostersmom said...

I don't know if I've ever seen all of the kids look so sad in an episode. Yeah, there's usually one or two or even three kids looking miserable, but this time they hit the jackpot. All eight kids were looking like the saddest kids on earth tonight. The twins looked miserable and tortured and the tups looked dazed and confused. Even Kate caught a clue and noticed Cara's sad little face staring back from the pictures. Why wasn't that a wakeup call for her to say you know what, my kids aren't happy, thanks but no thanks?

Anonymous said...

For me the show tonight boiled down to this: would any DECENT parent in their right mind force their children to wear winter clothes (sweaters on the boys!) in 95 degree heat for the "family job"? Jon & Kate are giving us actual film footage of their innane and dangerous ideas of acceptable parenting. I can't wait to hear Jon spin this one on the next FAQ episode filler while Kate interupts him adding her truthiness. Turn the cameras off. Let the children live.

Anonymous said...

i dont watch it anymore since four weeks ago. i only read the blogs and comments here. if people keep watching the show then it might continue. please dont watch the show anymore. Boycott it. massive boycott!

Rosey in Washington said...

Okay seriously, this show is coming just plain SAD on so many levels.

J&k used to be one of my and my boyfriends favorite shows and I always go over to his house on Monday nights so we can watch the show together. However, as I have been hearing all the negative things going on (with Aunt Jodi, etcc) I got really irritated and told my boyfriend about it. Now, it seems we simply watch it to see how SNOOTY Kate can get this episode. She is SUCH a SNOB...I really thinks she's a movie star or something. Seriously Kate, ALL YOU DID WAS HAVE CHILDREN, and now you are living off of them. YOU ARE PATHETIC.

Kate, you would think, that with THIS MANY people letting you know what WE see on the OUTSIDE looking in, you would ATLEAST re-examine your motives and the welfare of your children, but obviously, you couldn't care less.

Your children should be your number one, and obviously, YOU are your number one. YOU ARE PATHETIC.

Here are the things that really irritated me this show:

1. First of all, Jenny was there, but for some reason this episode they didn't even mention her. Is this because you want the public to believe that you don't get "help" anymore?? PLEASE. LOL.

2. When the lady with the puppets was first playing with them, I think it was the first day at the Gosselins house, Kate said something along the lines of, "They had a lady playing with some puppets, but it was useless because she wasn't funny enough." I know thats not EXACTLY what she said, but thats what I got out of it. Okay sorry Kate that the people who are hired to TRY to MAKE your kids look happy wasn't good enough for you.

3. She called and demanded that the studio was 65 degrees. Talk about a DIVA.

4. The dog lady made sure to say that she had talked to Kate ahead of time and she promised Kate it wouldnt shed. Okay so obviously said that it had to be a CERTAIN kind of dog...she would not tolerate a dog that would (gasp) SHED.

5. Of course Kate was ONLY dancing with her favorite precious Hannah at the end, why would she give her full attention to another one of her children??

Obviously, this show should just be called KATE GOSSELIN:THE DIVA, With special appearances by her poor husband and her exploited children.

Mimi said...

Notice how things come up in passing and then, eventually, show up? The dog is the latest. First, acquiring a dog was mentioned in an interview. Now, a dog (which may or may not be THE dog) appears. The last thing that household needs is a dog. I hope this one was only visiting.

Ravello said...

We saw peanuts thrown to the circus elephants when they were given the candy bribes.
The whole episode disgusted me, I hope Paul Petersen saw the show.
Even sheeple would have a hard time defending the KONS after we watched back to back work days.

Kennedy said...

"This was our 'first' cover," said Kate. Apparently, she's expecting more cover shoots. Good lord woman...get over yourself!

Anonymous said...

Footloose is an interesting choice of music--the soundtrack is from the film (but can also be heard on recordings of the stage musical). The film is not age appropriate for 4-year-olds and 8-year-olds. The subject matter deals with a prim and proper town opposed to dancing and all things teenage. The songs deal with the Kevin Bacon's character coming of age in the town...there is teen sex, drinking, etc.

My 5-year-old played the part of a townsperson in a high school production of Footloose. My husband took her to all her rehearsals. I was shocked at the subject matter of the musical when I saw the production. I was a little annoyed that my husband had not mentioned the bar scene, the scantily clad dancers, and the many allusions to sex. My daughter was oblivious. To this day we have not watched the Footloose DVD we bought at the time.

Anonymous said...

Again - I did not watch. I'm off them for good. But I certainly am continuing to read and post here to know what's going on. Well, from the comments, it seems that tonight's episode is their crime "captured on tape." If people don't get that they are exploiting those kids now, they never will. The kids in winter sweaters and 93 degree heat should qualify as abuse - if not "not in the children's best interest." I wonder what Judge Judy would say. She used to be a family court judge. Maybe we should write her!!! She'd rip KON to shreds!

Anonymous said...

The sad thing is that this is probably just the beginning of celebrity for them. They will now be exposed to a whole different crowd of people, like my mother she doesnt have cable. A whole new group that has not caught onto their scam. I wonder where they will pop up next.

elleroy said...

Even Kate caught a clue and noticed Cara's sad little face staring back from the pictures. Why wasn't that a wakeup call for her to say you know what, my kids aren't happy, thanks but no thanks?
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In fact, all Kate did manage to say was "look at the face Cara gave us." That really disgusted and saddened me. They wanted a great picture for the COVER of GH! To heck with how it affected the kids.
I found them to be so full of themselves as well. Continuously referring to "the shoot" "the cover shoot" and oh, did we mention we're on the COVER? Get over yourselves.

If I were a housewife from PA (not a major celeb as Kate deludes herself into thinking), I would not have the cajones to tell the staff at GH to keep their studio thermostat at MY preferred setting. Sheesh.
Just who does this woman think she is???

DasMaedchen said...

Those children are MISERABLE. Jon and Kate are sickening people, and yes, Kate, you ARE as cruel, ugly (on the inside, though the hair doesn't really help), and horrible as people say you are. Ditto Jon "Hairplugs (which look like shit now) are more important that my sick kids" Gosselin. When the truth is ugly, a lot of people have trouble accepting it.
I don't think Jon and Kate know HOW to be normal, loving parents with the childrens' best interest at heart.

Family job indeed.

Anonymous said...

I think I may have seen Jenny the day they shot in the studio. Right before they gave the boys those chocolate bars. Im not for sure, but I think it was her.

They didn't give them chocolate bars....they gave them luna bars.....it's not a candy bar people.

Anonymous said...

Why is this ew???? They do laundry for ten, why shouldn't they get a nice washer/dryer? They can afford it.

Anonymous said...

The most disturbing aspect of this show, to me, is that these children so freely hug complete strangers. In what family is this normal? I don't even like strangers talking to my children, much less grabbing them in a bear hug. So very sad. Jon and Kate, you are both incredibly sick people.

Anonymous said...

Kate is a piece of work. Did you hear the comment, this is our FIRST cover? Like, how many more are you getting?
Jon and Kate need to get over themselves. They are nothing but greedy people who should be ashamed of themselves.
Thank GOD Little People, Big World is starting up next week. This family I LOVE.
The Gosselins I wish would dissapear.
Mady, Cara and Colin were miserable. Not good for these kids to be doing this.
There is nothing "normal" about this family. Its just them with there hands out, and all these idiot sponsors happily handing things to them.
I though Good Housekeeping was reputable... NOT ANYMORE!

Anonymous said...

Has no one else ever tried to cajole a smile from their child for a photo shoot? No one??? I remember getting the kids all dressed up for their bday pictures at Sears, they'd be all excited and we'd get there and they were no longer into it. We'd try and muddle through for a bit to get a smile and usually it worked other times we tried again later. I didn't think this was torture. My kids would love being on a magazine and they might have had off moments that day but, they'd have been excited in the end. I think the Gosselin kids will too. Because people do different things with their family than what we choose to do doesn't make it abuse. There are so many abuse cases and while their parenting isn't what I'd do, it's not abuse.

Barbara Perry said...

Personally I think Kate is nasty and conscending to her husband! And her hair style sucks!

Anonymous said...

Just sent off my letter to Good Housekeeping. Please forgive me, but I used your letter as a basis, and added my own thoughts, too.
I think we should ALL let Good Housekeeping know that they didn't do their research this time!

Anonymous said...

Horrible, horrible,horrible.

Kate and Jon are really showing their true colors now. They will do anything for the fame and fortune, including putting their kids in winter clothes under hot lights in 95 degree summer day. How can the supporters of the them keep thinking that these are great parents?

My daughter who is 7, even says "why does kate never shut up on the couch and let Jon talk?" I can barely watch this anymore. My daughter used to like the show, so I watched it with her. I plan on watching the Yes to the dress, wedding and when they get the new house,just to see how much gluttons Jon and Kate really are, then I am done with this show.

Watching Kids by the dozen and then Duggars right after make J&K really look bad in the middle. They are gross and transparent as to what their agenda really is. It is not about the kids at all, its about Jon and Kate and their wants and desires.

Little people are on next week before J&K, and it shows them giving back to society. When do we ever see J&K do that. The episode of the NICU was for them to go down memory lane, not to help others, and this charity garage sale, pathetic attempt,again, the kids were subject to bad conditions,standing in the heat all day taking pictures with strangers.

The reason Cara and Mady are so forelorn is most likely they are taking the brunt of J&K's greediness at school and being made fun of, probably kids hate them and make fun of them. Can't someone do something to help these kids? This is outrageous. The Dionne Quints need to speak up on this exploitation, maybe that would get people's attention.

This was by far, the worse episode next to the Crayola Factory and cupcake gate and gum gate.

Anonymous said...

I was watching the'E'channel yesterday, Hottest Swimsuits. They had an interview with Cheryl Tiegs who posed in a scantly clad fish net swim suit back in the late 70's (IIRC) for the Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Edition. Sport Illustrated received over 35, 000 letters in response to her pictorial and 350 subscriber requests to CANCEL their subscription because the pictorial was 'in poor taste'. Mind you, this was the Sports Illustrated Swim Suit edition, notorious for models appearing in barely there swim suits. In light of last night's episode and the negative opinions and criticism associated with J&K, I wonder how much negative subscriber feedback and subscriber cancellations Good Housekeeping will receive as a result. Good Housekeeping has fallen in to the pursuasive tactics of J & K's PR team and their attempt reinvent the Gosselin family by way of damage control, IMO it is Good Housekeeping that will suffer the most damage as their subscriber base will most certainly plummet.

Twinner said...

Watching the show last night I was reminded of the annual Ladies Home Journal cover featuring the McCaughey Septuplets. LHJ has a page with links to various things they've done with them in the past:
http://www.lhj.com/lhj/category.jhtml?categoryid=/templatedata/lhj/category/data/Celebrities_McCaugheySeptuplets.xml

A few points that I can think of.

-note, Rarely do you see Bobbi or Kenny on the cover. (3 for K, 4 for B out of 10) I like that they usually include the older girl Mikayla (she missed out on 2). She's "just" a single but she's one of the gang. In the articles there is always a good update on what she is doing.

-We only see them about once a year in the magazine (and with Ann Curry on Dateline) so there is no burn out. And we find out a whole lot, the kid's medical problems, educational achievements, sports, friends.

-Kenny hit the lecture circut when the kids were little. That dried up as they got older and he now works at a factory. Bobbi works there too to help make ends meet.

I do always buy their cover since I like the update. It then gets passed on the my grandmother who hate JK8 since "those poor kids" Grandma went to Quintland back in the day. She hated it.

NewMom08 said...

What struck me was the fact that they shot a publicity show out of a publicity photo shoot....
Publicity on top of publicity....
What's next, watching the Greedy Gosselins watch paint dry?

Kate's Dog and Pony Show, starring her thrilled beyond belief 8 children..

Absolutely disgusting.
PAUL PETERSEN, where are you???????

Anonymous said...

What exactly was the point of this show? We haven't seen in episodes past any of the photo shoots they've done for magazines? Is TLC that hard up for an episode to stretch out the 40 shows? The kids looked so unhappy even though Kate had to say how much the kids love this kind of thing. If looking miserable for the whole 30 minutes is their idea of happiness, I'd hate to know what their idea of unhappiness is.

Anonymous said...

I was watching the 4 hours of Lost and happened to click over during a commercial to the Kon show. It looked like they were all demented and dancing with the girls. Then we see little Collin standing there looking like "What the hell is going on?" or "What are we supposed to be now, happy?", with a blank expression as someone grabbed his hand to pull him into the action. That few moments were sickening enough.

I wrote to GH magazine, too, and told them that even though I have been buying their magazine since I was 18 years old (and I have), I would never again purchase one because I know that GH was well aware of what kind of family this is before they offered and gave them the cover of their magazine.

kelly s said...

According to kate, "the kids think that these shoots are fun". Yeah it really looked like these kids were having fun. {HAHA} IMO, Its kate trying to justify all these "events" she is putting those kids through. All I can say is "that Mady". I've said it before, J&K need to focus on the fact that this child is acting out for a reason. J&K just brush it under rug, saying "its typical mady for that day". NO, its not typical for an 8 year old to ALWAYS be a pain in the a** and be more difficult then 6- 4year olds.

Also, I say Jenny standing off on the side for the 2nd day of shooting. Does that girl ever smile? IMO, she could be realizing that she has signed up for way more than she intially thought.

Also, dont they do these kinds of shoots at Beth's? Where is she? I have never heard the reason that she may be off the show and the reason, if any, was the falling out with kate? Does anyone know?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Did I see Jenny there at all? Did anyone see Jenny?"

I think I may have seen Jenny the day they shot in the studio. Right before they gave the boys those chocolate bars. Im not for sure, but I think it was her.

10/06/2008 6:35 PM

Yes she was there. Towards the end, they do a group shot of all the people behind the camera. She was the first person you see towards the left of your TV screen.

And what was her role title for that day; the 'occasional errand runner' or the 2x a week 'cleaning lady' that just came along for the fun of it? For J & K not having much hands on help any more, Jenny makes her appearance known in many of the newer episodes. My guess is that J & K justify the role of Jenny in their lives as a 'rare treat' afforded to them at the expense of TLC. You know sort of like their 'personal chef'.

CrazyCatLady said...

I agree with all those who commented on how boring this episode was...one big yawn-fest from beginning to end.

paula s said...

So, let me thoroughly understand this. I ASSUME that they got paid by GH for the photo shoot. I also ASSUME they got paid by TLC for this episode.

So, they got paid twice for the same work?

Can anyone say PIMP!

Ilovemykids said...

They didn't give them chocolate bars....they gave them luna bars.....it's not a candy bar people.

Luna bars? You're kidding, hopefully. Luna bars are designed for the nutritional needs of women - not children.

TN_Mamato4 said...

The children need HELP!!!!!

What about CHILD LABOR laws??? These poor kids had to endure 2 days of PHOTOSHOOTS! And let's all look HAPPY while we're at it!

I love it when Mady was on the deck and yelled, "I DON'T CARE!" HA! Poor baby! I do NOT blame poor Mady for acting out. She was HOT and miserable, and unlike the TUPS she sees RIGHT through her parents' motives.

THIS was WRONG WRONG WRONG. If the photoshoot was "SO FUN" why were the kids being bribed to perform?

SHAME ON YOU FIGURE 8!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I love how, if you have a child in the entertainment business, all child labor laws have to be followed, they're very strict on that. But we get to watch the Gosselin 8 each and every week "WORK" and no laws adhering to the standards of a falsely advertised Reality Show. There are NO LAWS protecting these children. The unjustices here on this show is absolutely ridiculous. I hope these parents get a wake up call real soon about what's going on here. I hope someone out there has the power to take care of these children, since the parents have absolutely no care about what they're doing to them.

violet said...

Last night's show just proves that Kate and Jon master manipulate every situation at hand. They refer to it as "opportunity" or "for the good of our family". The children were miserable for two straight days! Then they dance at the end of the show(with the paid crew) and celebrate. Does that erase 48 hours of MISERY? I'm sure Jon and Kate would answer yes.

Anonymous said...

She had to have a dog on set that DIDN'T SHED! So, we know the clothes went home with them.

Everytime these kids cry or whine - it's because "it's naptime" or "they're hungry". God fobid the truth be said "our kids hate these cameras".

lifeoriley said...

If anyone sees this episode and still thinks the kids are not working--they're blind. A two-day photo shoot in two different locations, wearing winter outfits on a hot day and standing for posed pictures while being filmed at the same time = working.
(I am an adult and I have always disliked having my picture taken. Even as a child, I dreaded the dressing up and going to the photographer's for portraits.)
As anon. above commented, I also noticed how Mady went up to the woman who was steaming clothes and introduced herself and hugged the woman. That poor kid is starving for some attention, IMO.

NewMom08 said...

For anyone who doesn't think this cr*p affects those kids, take a good look at Mady and Cara and their behavior.

Kate is both oblivious and incapable of seeing past the dollar signs.

Like a good pimp should be.
And no free pass for Jon, he's just as guilty.
Start to be PARENTS Gosselins...
Start to put your children above everything else.
Kate says the kids "choose" to continue with the show....do they choose their own bedtime, their work hours, to have stage lighting in the bedrooms?
C'mon Kate, cut the nonsense...

Anonymous said...

All the mentions of the new house, an adoptive baby, and lots more episodes coming aside, I don't see this show going on much longer. I'm sure there's a clause in TLC's contract with Figure-8 that lets TLC cancel the show if ratings drop below a certain point.

There is one common trait found with all long-term-successful reality shows: the characters could be over-the-top, or extremely likable but they and the shows themselves have to be interesting. Jon&Kate+8 is not. There is nothing personable about Jon or Kate. Their kids are not cute or adorable, in that they usually have sourpusses on and/or are crying and throwing fits. The "plots" of the episodes are thin and boring.

They've made the rounds of the talk shows, and they've gotten on the cover of two major publications. That was the direct result of the show's publicists getting them those gigs, NOT that Oprah or Regis or GH came after Jon&Kate. TLC and Figure-8 are doing all they can to promote the show, but in the end, they can't edit out the mediocrity, and that will kill it sooner than later.

Anonymous said...

Jon and Kate are an embarrassment. I dont know how they can eve look into a camera and pretend all is well, when they KNOW so many people cant stand them.
Yet, they continue because they are nasty greedy selfish people.
I feel bad for those kids.

Anonymous said...

Like many of you posting, I too enjoyed the show at first, but as time went on and I investigated alot of the controversy surrounding the G's and specifically Kate, I am now beyond disgusted. I found this episode particularly sad. A whole show based on a photo shoot?? The children were clearly unhappy, especially the twins.

Also, I wanted to add to the issue of craft service and Kate saying that those who "work" on tv get craft service etc. But on Little People Big World, you always see Amy cooking meals, LPBW seems way more indicative of real family life. Even the Duggar show has been more refreshing, honest and real.

Anonymous said...

Has no one else ever tried to cajole a smile from their child for a photo shoot? No one??? I remember getting the kids all dressed up for their bday pictures at Sears, they'd be all excited and we'd get there and they were no longer into it.

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Exactly the point that is trying to be made. If your children (and most children) dislike formal photo shoots, imagine what it must be like for the G kids to have cameras IN THEIR FACES ALMOST EVERY DAY ALL DAY. Every "normal" situation for us regular folk does not apply to the Gosselins.

Anonymous said...

Everytime these kids cry or whine - it's because "it's naptime" or "they're hungry". God fobid the truth be said "our kids hate these cameras".

If that is truly the case, and according to Kate it is, these are the most sleep deprived hungry children that I have ever seen. I bet if Kate took the time to ASK the children why they are crying and whining, the answer wouldnt be because 'its nap time' or they are hungry. Tired, obviously! Tired of having cameras shoved in their face and told to ' sit here', 'stand there', 'dont move', 'smile cute'.

Anonymous said...

I have never posted before but I just wanted to say that I live in MA. Kate called into one of the local radio stations, Kiss 108, yesterday morning. I thought it was for promotion of the book but the entire time she was promoting layaway at Kmart for holiday shopping. Is Kmart now sponsoring the Gosselins?

MK said...

Strange that Kon kept repeating how they couldn't instruct the children or see what they were doing while they were photographing... isn't that, like, your everyday life? Jenny usually takes care of that anyway. Why now start acting like it's *so* hard for you to "let go"?

Retreat to the bedroom/closet Kon as you let the helpers raise your children. Don't get lost as you traverse your 2,000 square foot main floor. Give me a break! Now that you're a "network engineer", maybe you can pretend to act like an educated individual. Good luck.

sabrinasmom said...

Why is this ew???? They do laundry for ten, why shouldn't they get a nice washer/dryer? They can afford it.

I think it's "ew" because it is an assumption that Jon and Kate probably did not pay for the new washer and dryer.

With all the mention of stain fighting, I am surprised those front loaders didn't have "Sponsored by" Shout all over them.

Ilovemykids said...

Kate is unbelievable - she refused free baby items from Walmart, because they were too "cheap", but she's pimping Kmart? Kmart which makes Walmart merchandise look like something from Bloomingdale's. Anything for a buck, right Kate?

Anonymous said...

Am I understanding it correctly that the 'tups, the twins AND Jon and Kate are going to be on the magazine cover?

When the McCaughey septuplets have their birthday every year, there is an issue with a cover photo of the septuplets and their older sister. I don't think the parents have ever been on the cover with them. In fact, I don't think the parents are even pictured much in the story inside. The birthday issue is really about the kids and hardly any mention of the parents.

Anonymous said...

I think it's "ew" because it is an assumption that Jon and Kate probably did not pay for the new washer and dryer.

Are we still assuming that they didn't pay for it? I don't think we should begrudge them over a new washer/dryer.

Anonymous said...

"Been workin' so hard, I'm punchin' my card"

What an appropriate song for the Gosselin children to dance to.

Anonymous said...

I think it's a blessing that we saw such a boring episode. It means TLC is running out of ideas. Yeah we know Hawaii and amusement parks in Southern California are coming up, but you know, we've been there, seen that. Nothing new to film TLC?

What last night showed me is that these kids are simply not adorable sweet and cute anymore. They are growing up but unfortunately still have emotional/behavioral problems. Who can honestly watch last night and say they enjoyed it? There was nothing last night that was enjoyable. We got to see 30 minutes of ma and pa Gosselin exploit their kids once more. Those kids looked so unhappy. Didn't Kate have a clue when they watched back the photos and Cara wasn't smiling in any of them?!

Yeah Kate, they look real happy and sure look like they're loving what they're doing!

Kelly S said...

Here's a thought on the washer/dryer people were commenting on. This is not fact, just a noting i thought. Kelly Ripa advertises with Electrolux, they showed an advertisement during this episode. The washer/dryer (although different color) is the same. Possible gift for being on Regis and Kelly? Just a thought

SouthernMom said...

Someone please tell me, why does Kate think her haircut is fashionable? Why on earth would anyone want the back of their head looking like a ruffled chicken's a$$?

Hearing the country is headed to depression/recession times, and that adults are claiming 30% more stress, the majority of which is women, I can relate. I wonder how much time out of Kate's day is actually spent "wondering" about all the things that we SAHMs and working moms WORRY about. My teen daughters are beginning to ask about the stock market and what is going on with the economy.

Maybe Kate Gosselin is the only one laughing all the way to the bank. (with her childrens money)

Anonymous said...

The only concept Kate has of the reality of 'lay away' is a call from Gymboree informing her that they will LAY her free clothes AWAY from those that are sold to the working class public to be picked up at the convenience of the 'occasional errand runner'.

fostersmom said...

Kelly S said...
Here's a thought on the washer/dryer people were commenting on. This is not fact, just a noting i thought. Kelly Ripa advertises with Electrolux, they showed an advertisement during this episode. The washer/dryer (although different color) is the same. Possible gift for being on Regis and Kelly? Just a thought.


The washer and dryer has been there for a while now, long before they were one Regis and Kelly. I noticed them quite a while ago, I want to say that Jodi was still on the show then.

sabrinasmom said...

The children's response:



"Eight hours (or more), for what?
Oh, tell me what I got
I get this feeling
That time's just holding me down"

Christian_N_Daniel_Mommy said...

Has no one else ever tried to cajole a smile from their child for a photo shoot? No one??? I remember getting the kids all dressed up for their bday pictures at Sears, they'd be all excited and we'd get there and they were no longer into it.
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Anytime one of my two boys is acting out or just not into a photography session (oldest is 2 and youngest is almost 1) then I graciously re-schedule for another date or time and pay the sitting fee if they want me to for wasting the photographer's time. Why would I want pictures of them at a time I knew I was trying to force them to act happy and they weren't having it? Thats too much hassle and too much stress on such little kids.

Anonymous said...

What irritated me the most about this episode was when Kate said something to the effect of the kids could have a break from the photo shoot and play with the dog and be "just kids." Funny, I allow my kids to be 'just kids' all the time. Come on Jon and Kate, wake up and cancel this disaster before it is too late. We all only have one childhood - stop stealing this precious time from your children.

my9cats said...

Anonymous said...
Jon and Kate are an embarrassment. I dont know how they can eve look into a camera and pretend all is well, when they KNOW so many people cant stand them.
Yet, they continue because they are nasty greedy selfish people.
I feel bad for those kids.

10/07/2008 8:31 AM

How????
They are laughing their way to the bank!

ThreeFarmers said...

So, let me thoroughly understand this. I ASSUME that they got paid by GH for the photo shoot. I also ASSUME they got paid by TLC for this episode.

So, they got paid twice for the same work?

Can anyone say PIMP!




Just don't assume each child got his/her share of the proceeds.

Family business, my ass. The kids are the business. Without the kids, there would be no business. God knows, no one would be interested in J&K if it weren't for those children.

Anonymous said...

Do you think Kate really enjoys her lies, I mean life?

ThreeFarmers said...

Because people do different things with their family than what we choose to do doesn't make it abuse. There are so many abuse cases and while their parenting isn't what I'd do, it's not abuse.


So, how many hours a day did your kids have to work to support your family?

How often did you have photos taken of your children in the shower, on the potty, or running around in their underwear in order for your family to get a paycheck?

These kids are working with absolutely no guarantee that they will have anything to show for it when they come of age.

Several of those kids did not want to be standing there under the hot lights -- hence the whining and tears. Those kids were forced to stand there. When will any of those kids be able to say "no" and have any say so when it comes to their images being filmed and distributed?

Those parents are abusing the privilege of having 8 healthy, bright, beautiful children.

Anonymous said...

One of the things that really, REALLY, bothered me about this episode was the snip they kept playing for the previews - where the photographer was yelling, "MADY! PLEASE! A SMILE!"
I would be horrified if a stranger spoke to my child in that tone - and for all TV LAND to hear?
Shame on Jon & Kate for subjecting children to such ridicule.
These poor children are going to be HUMILIATED when they are in school. Bullies have used a lot less to wreck havoc in classmate's lives - Jon & Kate have handed enough material to the bullies on a silver platter to torment their children for years to come. ::sigh::

Anonymous said...

Re: the comment about Adoptions From the Heart... I'd be very surprised if they're using this agency.

They don't have a Korea program, and they're only accepting applications from Russia and Ukraine. I suppose Russia is an option, as it is possible to adopt children of Asian descent from there but children are usually about a year old when they come home.

Their domestic program does open adoptions - can anyone realistically picture Kate forming a loving and lasting relationship with her adopted child's birthmother? Please. She'd probably cut that poor woman out of her life as soon as the ink dried on the adoption papers.

Anonymous said...

Why on earth would anyone want the back of their head looking like a ruffled chicken's a$$?

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Off the subject, but that comment made me laugh out loud. Thanks for a good chuckle southernmom.

Travis said...

I am just the lowly mother of one 18-month-old, but does anyone know of ANY 4-year-old who still wears a bib, takes a nap or chews on a cloth diaper for comfort? That is CRAZY.

It is also very evident that Mady and Cara are going to be riding a couch in therapy very soon if this charade doesn't end. Those little girls are screaming for attention and understand alot more than J/K think they do. And they are about to be brushed aside again so J/K can experience just one baby. What a shame!

Anonymous said...

my9cats..

They may be laughing all the way to the bank, but those kids will pay the ultimate price. I dont give a fig about them or their blood money.
I dont feel that way about the Roloffs, and am very happy with all they get BECAUSE THEY ARE APPRECIATIVE. Makes a huge difference.

MadyIsMyHero said...

Augh! I've been a lurker for quite some time, but last night's episode finally gave me the motivation to sign up for a google account and leave a comment. I don't believe Kate had anxiety or was nervous for a second regarding having her children's picture taken. This woman is the biggest camera/photo addict and has been having her children's pics taken by a professional since they were newborns. And hello! She is on a reality show that's filmed in her home almost everyday! I don't buy the "Aw shucks! I can't believe people are interested in us and want to take our picture" routine anymore. Also, I have a feeling that the dancing at the end was definitely not spontaneous. The producer probably felt they needed to throw something "fun" at the audience because we had to endure 30 minutes of kids screaming and pouting that they didn't want their pictures taken.

Anonymous said...

I get upset when I see the kids forced to perform.
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anonymous 5:42am said, "Then do not go to school at gym or music time when kids have to do the daily activity. Don't sign your kids up for sports, dance, music lessons because some days they won't be into it".
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Really anonymous 5:42am? All of the above you mentioned are activities FOR the enjoyment, enrichment, and/or benefit of the child. You cannot even begin to compare normal childhood activities with what the Gosselin children are forced to do in the name of providing an income for their non-working greedy parents.

Jess said...

This episode just made me sad.

My daughter is six; we started watching the show because she loved "the lotta kids".

Today, though, when I commented that the kids didn't seem happy to have their picture taken, she said, "Yeah! Why don't they listen to them?"

I was kind of unclear about the pronouns, and when I asked who should be listening, she said, "THEIR PARENTS!"

Yeah. That's what makes me so sad: I know their parents just aren't seeing how miserable their kids are.

I don't think I can handle watching this show any more.

iluveeyore said...

This entire show was boring and disgusting. Neither Jon nor Kate has an iota of charisma. Jon's voice is sooo monotonous and he sounds so ignorant. Kate is just totally obnoxious.

How they could make an episode out of this show is beyond me.

Please go to www.aminor consideration.com, click on "contact", label it "Alert," and ask Paul Petersen to PLEASE view this episode. If there were any doubts that these kids are being exploited, this episode will put them to rest.

ThreeFarmers said...

www.minorcon.org

Is the website of A Minor Consideration.

Anonymous said...

The kids are going to grow and expect people owe them something everywhere they go. The children are in for a big let down when they learn that most people actually have to reach into their pockets to pay for things.

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This is my thoughts exactly when it comes to KON and the freebies. And even how Kate put it last night how the kids enjoy their 'rewards.' What kind of example are these parents to their children?

GreenMunkee said...

SouthernMom said...
Someone please tell me, why does Kate think her haircut is fashionable? Why on earth would anyone want the back of their head looking like a ruffled chicken's a$$?


Quote of the week LOL.

AAAAAAAhhaha. SouthernMom that was too funny.

Anonymous said...

I am just the lowly mother of one 18-month-old, but does anyone know of ANY 4-year-old who still wears a bib, takes a nap or chews on a cloth diaper for comfort? That is CRAZY.
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Yes on the naps. That's very common.

Anonymous said...

Did I hear wrong or did Jon at the beginning of the epi say that the first floor of their house wasn't that big, just 2000 sq ft?

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Yep, you heard that right. I said earlier but my grandmother's house isn't as big as their first floor but yet we manage to cram 25 people into her house on all holidays with room to move around and not feel like we are on top of each other. And out of those 25 people, 6 are children from the ages of 1-8.

Anonymous said...

I think they seem to baby the tups. I know they were preemies and there are going to be some delayed developemntal issues, but it's darn ridiculous that a 4yo would still need a bib! Things like naps and bibs can be done away with at 2.

There was an episode filmed last summer where she was having a hard time getting the kids to take a nap, they wouldn't go to sleep and kept going downstairs. HELLO Kate, that's because they're too old for naps and don't need them anymore! Time to give up your precious resting time, sorry but that's what happens. If some still need a nap that's fine, just don't force the rest of the little ones to one too, while in the meantime they keep the other kids from sleeping.

Watch the original Sextublets & Twins epi, look how much the twins did at their age. They certainly weren't forced naps and bibs. I think they definatley have the opposite problem with them though, they've had them do a lot at a young age. Balance Gosselins, balance!

my9cats said...

Anonymous said...
my9cats..

They may be laughing all the way to the bank, but those kids will pay the ultimate price. I dont give a fig about them or their blood money.
I dont feel that way about the Roloffs, and am very happy with all they get BECAUSE THEY ARE APPRECIATIVE. Makes a huge difference.

10/07/2008 12:02 PM

No disagreement from me.
IMO these are disgusting people. The sooner this trainwreck ends the better off those poor kids will be. Kate's parents and Jon's mom must be mortified at their kids antics.

patrickwm68 said...

If there ever was an episode that proves the trauma the kids are going through last night's was it. Forced to take all those pictures wearing fall clothes in 95 degrees weather, those poor kids. Seeing Jon sitting in that make-up chair made me sick and Kate with her over poofed do was laughable. It's sickening the false image they portray. My wife won't even watch the show anymore.

Anonymous said...

Have we ever seen J&K give back to their community? I live in South Mississippi, in a town that was devasted by Katrina and just a few months ago the Roloff family was down here helping to rebuild some homes that were damaged by the storm. I know for a fact Amy and Zack were nailing boards, etc in the HOT Mississippi weather . It was probably 100 degrees in the shade. Our local paper did an article on them. I'd love to see J&K give back in a positive meaningful way out of the kindess of their hearts to someone that needs help, instead of holding out their hands making money off those precious babies.

I was so saddened by last nights show. Mady and Cara looked so miserable. How can they not see what is happening?

I also am weirded out by how they drop people from their lives like a hot potato if they offend her highness. I can't imagine how confusing that must be for those kids..wondering where their beloved Aunt Jodi is and the rest of their family. Whats gonna happen when those kids get older and protest doing the show. Are J&K gonna "disown" them too? Who knows maybe J&K will get a taste of their own medicine one day. Its such a shame.

MS MAMA 2 5

Anonymous said...

This show has stopped being about "family". It is now about "celebrity". It's about blatant product placement "our zip lock lunch bags" and all the attention the "show" gets.
I find it sad and it amazes me how giddy Kate is when the attention is on HER. Maddie & Cara's faces tell the truth. They are tired of the circus. I'm done watching this train wreck.

patrickwm68 said...

Did anyone else find it creepy and sad how the kids were hugging the Good Housekeeping staff? All they have in there lives now are strangers. Very sad indeed.

Anonymous said...

Travis- Yes, I teach 4 yo children and they all nap everyday. Bibs, No I don't find it "typical" to be wearing them daily, but for the photo shoot I understand so their clothes wouldn't get dirty.

former fan quinn said...

"The most disturbing aspect of this show, to me, is that these children so freely hug complete strangers. In what family is this normal? I don't even like strangers talking to my children, much less grabbing them in a bear hug. So very sad. Jon and Kate, you are both incredibly sick people."

I AGREE!!!!!

This disgusting episode made me think about some time ago when I thought of getting my young daughter into modeling. I started thinking about it especially when people would occasionally make comments about doing that since she's so cute. (I know everybody thinks that about their kiddos :) Anyway, I ran it by my husband and he was totally against anything like that. He didn't want to put her through any unnecessary traveling, auditions, photo shoots, etc. I completely agreed with him and came to my senses.

I feel sorry for all of the Gosselin kids.

Jen said...

There was a contest in my area put on by BabyGap and GapKids to find the new face of their stores. The winner would get a year's worth of Gap clothes and their picture in a national campaign and in all of the store windows. I'm not bragging here, but we've been told by many people that our one year old son should be a baby model. My mom even tried to get me to bring him to the mall because she was sure he would win. As much as I love how cute my son is, and like all moms I think he's the most adorable thing ever, I just couldn't bring myself to do something like that because it really wouldn't be about him. Not only would it be creepy to think of who has his photo on their computer or something, I just think that people who do this tend to do it for their own ego rather than what's truly best for their child. Clearly Kate has ego issues (gee, ya think?) and probably didn't get the attention she wanted as a child so now she performs attention-seeking behavior to get more attention for herself and her kids which she thinks of extensions of herself rather than individuals. She's all about what she can get from everyone including her children and she's a sick example of a mother. Why magazines and tv shows keep throwing themselves at her is beyond me. She's a horrible example of a mom. She's not selfless at all, like I would think publications like GH would want to exemplify. I'm NEVER buying that magazine again!

Anonymous said...

Funny how Kate tells a mom at the grocery store, "don't talk to my child!" but the GH staff can hug, pick up the kids etc.

I don't find it dangerous at all that the kids hug staff members, I just think K8 is a hypocrite.

HW said...

I thought I heard Kate say at the end of the episode "We finally realized that Cara's problem was that she just wanted to dance," or something like that.
What?
That's how I knew the whole dance scene was contrived.

And the comment about the puppets not being funny? Kate can't utter one sentence without slamming somebody. She's not just rude, she's downright mean.

patrickwm68 said...

HW said...
I thought I heard Kate say at the end of the episode "We finally realized that Cara's problem was that she just wanted to dance," or something like that.
What?
That's how I knew the whole dance scene was contrived.

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I had to shut it off when they all started dancing at the end, it was just too much to take. I was embarassed just watching them.

Yes we've had a long hard day of photoshoots, now lets force the children to dance like trained monkeys for the camera.

bri said...

Dear Editor,

I have just finished watching a taped episode of Jon & Kate Plus 8 that featured that photo shoot for the cover of your magazine. I write to promise you that until and unless your publication publishes a follow up admitting your mistake, I will never buy another one of your magazines ever again. Jon and Kate Gosselin and TLC might think it's acceptable for these eight children to spend the majority of their childhood under the camera and in the spotlight, but I assure you, there are many who disagree, including a foundation which seeks to protect children for whom there are no child labor laws, including children of "reality" television.

Not only did you tacitly approve of the behavior of these two adults who are making a profit by selling their children's private lives to the public, you contributed to it with a two day long photo shoot, in which the children were required to wear warm clothing in heat reported to be over 90 degrees. Young children should never be subject to this type of experience- they are to young to be expected to make decisions for themselves, and the adults are the ones responsible. These children were clearly unhappy and uncomfortable and being forced to work against their will.

Jon and Kate and TLC and Good Housekeeping and whatever else mainstream media may all be enjoying the income these children produce, but it is reprehensible that their childhood has been made a bill of goods, bought and sold by the public. I for one will not be part of it.

Sincerely,
XXXXX, mother of one who will never be seen on TV.
Massachusetts

Anonymous said...

I'm just wondering what is going to happen when the kids' grow up. You know that they won't save any of that hard earned "sextuplet" money for those poor kids's that earned it. I bet their money won't last forever...then what about the kids', they won't have anything for themselves to show for it!

Anonymous said...

And to think the only thing Kate is worried about is the kid's seeing their Dad in a chair having makeup applied. I can think of plenty more to be worried about...

Anonymous said...

And to think the only thing Kate is worried about is the kid's seeing their Dad in a chair having makeup applied. I can think of plenty more to be worried about... I saw that bit on the commercial as I'd rather poke my eyes and ears out the watch one minute more of the shrew and the jellyfish she married. Eh, Katie, dearest, your bald, fat lump of a daddy dearest has been in plenty of make up chairs. We know it and the kids know it so stop the stupid remarks.

Anonymous said...

My rough draft letter to Good Housekeeping Magazine, it doesn't copy/paste very well..lol

To Whom It may Concern;
Recently I was switching channels and caught Jon & Kate plus 8, having a photo shoot with your magazine. I'm very disappointed, because the "Good Housekeeping Seal" meant a lot to me, and this is something that both my mother and I never thought we'd see with your magazine.
Child exploitation.
The reason I and many others have stopped watching the show.
As I'm sure you already know, from previous letters, is that there are a lot of people that are very upset about the way these children are worked on this show, and there are no laws that protect the kids in the reality genre. I thought that Good Housekeeping was a higher class magazine that would also agree with this, and be able to notice it.
From watching that show it shows me that if you have children on your sets, you don't do your research in the family, and what they stand for (quitting their jobs, letting their children support the family), and I was also disappointed in no one noticing that the kids, especially Cara, were not having a good time at all.
From watching previous episodes of Jon & Kate plus 8, we already know the kids have more than likely been filmed for the show, 3-4 days that week, God, cast and crew only knows how many hours each day, and for your magazine to put yourself in the middle of this circus that Jon & Kate made of their family, brings your magazine way down on the totem pole to their level.
I'm sure my Mom's subscription (which I read after her), not being renewed soon, won't matter much to your company, but I would hope before printing this issue you will keep in mind that more and more people will look "google" them, and find out the truth, which isn't pretty, it turns a lot of people off the show, as well as any product and/or magazine that promotes it, and shows people that almost everything that comes out of Kate's mouth, is either a flat out lie, or an extreme exaggeration, all proven in what she says in an article, and does on the show.
Please think again about putting this issue out, it will hopefully make Kate think twice about what she's doing to her children, or better yet, USE the pics, do an interview with Paul Petersen, and print our letters. My family and many others will have much more respect for you, and your magazine.

Anonymous said...

What about CHILD LABOR laws??? These poor kids had to endure 2 days of PHOTOSHOOTS! And let's all look HAPPY while we're at it!
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Looking happy is generally the point of a photoshoot. I don't see how it's unreasonable to ask children to smile while their photo is being taken. The photoshoot may have been long, the motives behind it from Kate and Jon's end may not have been fantastic, but GH photographers asking the kids to smile are doing their jobs.

As for all the criticism of the children hugging the GH staff... I don't get it. I don't at all see that as a sign of how abused and emotionally stunted the children are. IMO, being able to get along with and appreciate other people is a healthy thing. My nephew, who is around the tups' age and has never been starved for love, hugs most people he has positive interactions with. He just loves meeting new people and loves to hug.

I'd be more concerned for the children if they were extremely shy and/or standoffish with strangers. I was extremely shy as a child, and that's stuck with me into adulthood to the point that I find it extremely difficult to establish new friendships and interact with new people. I'd give anything to have the tups' "problem" of becoming instant friends with new people.

Anonymous said...

This is exactly what Kon and the network want. Now people are watching each new episode with more vigor and curiosity because of all the ensuing controversy. I hate to say it, but SO many people love J&K Plus 8...it just seems hopeless to think the show will stop...and all of the discussions nitpicking every detail of every episode are helping to fuel the fire. I'll bet ratings are at an all time high. Sad.

Anonymous said...

Those kids are going to turn our JUST like their parents. They'll have it in their genes plus they are being programmed by Jon and Kate as to how to behave and what to expect from others. J&K are role modeling for them how to treat people, how to demand what you want, how to discard those who no longer service you, etc.

You reap what you sow. Nice job Gosselins. You've stolen their innocence.

Ravello said...

Great letters to GH, KUDOS.

I knew this would be an upsetting episode when I saw the previews. Even the teaser shots screamed of child exploitation.

The KONS supposedly read GWOP and must be aware of our concerns for their children.
But they continue to pimp these sweet children out for money.
What in God's name is wrong with them. The little cash cows are paraded around like circus animals and we got to see the crew throw peanuts to them in the form of candy bars.

I have never seen the twins so morose, of course the boy tups are ignored like excess baggage and once again Hannie reigns as Tup Supreme.

It broke my heart to see these needy, attention starved kids reaching out to the strange crew members for hugs and validation.
Just like it broke my heart when Joel was jibber jabbering at the beach house with the camera man in the episode where he is shunned by his so called Mother.

I think this was probably the happiest moment in the KONS life, the pinnacle of success. Dollar signs flashing, count the cash, greed rules.
God help these sweet children. Every one of them deserves our pity.
The KONS have my contempt.

ThreeFarmers said...

My daughter is 4 and has been modeling since 2. always ask her if it's what she wants to do and that's always a yes.

So glad you leave the decision of what's best for your daughter up to her at the wise old age of 4. Do you let her have ice cream for breakfast, too?

ThreeFarmers said...

Looking happy is generally the point of a photoshoot. I don't see how it's unreasonable to ask children to smile while their photo is being taken. The photoshoot may have been long, the motives behind it from Kate and Jon's end may not have been fantastic, but GH photographers asking the kids to smile are doing their jobs.

No one is blaming the photographers. This was not just a photo being taken. This was dozens, maybe hundreds, of photos being taken in 95-degree heat in heavy clothing.

As for all the criticism of the children hugging the GH staff... I don't get it. I don't at all see that as a sign of how abused and emotionally stunted the children are. IMO, being able to get along with and appreciate other people is a healthy thing. My nephew, who is around the tups' age and has never been starved for love, hugs most people he has positive interactions with. He just loves meeting new people and loves to hug.

Kids need to be taught about stranger danger. It's awful to have kids who are suspicious of everyone, but it's worse to have them bond so quickly with someone who may or may not have good intentions. Jon flat out said that it's important for the kids to bond with the crew so they are natural in the photos. Naturalness should not be THE MOST IMPORTANT THING.

I'd be more concerned for the children if they were extremely shy and/or standoffish with strangers. I was extremely shy as a child, and that's stuck with me into adulthood to the point that I find it extremely difficult to establish new friendships and interact with new people. I'd give anything to have the tups' "problem" of becoming instant friends with new people.

You're missing the point. These kids are being ENCOURAGED to bond with strangers. It's not a matter of them being naturally friendly. It's their parents desire for the children to be marketable that is the purpose of J & K's desire that the kids seem super fun and friendly to the crews who photograph them and for the photos to come out well.

They want to sell the family to the next marketer who needs a face on a box or who needs a cover photo. It has nothing to do with not wanting the kids to be shy.

Anonymous said...

In my younger years I did a lot of babysitting for a few families with many foster children and a few adopted children.

Always, those children with the highest incidence of abuse (physical, emotional or both) in their background were by far the most affectionate with strangers.

Anonymous said...

"As for all the criticism of the children hugging the GH staff... I don't get it. I don't at all see that as a sign of how abused and emotionally stunted the children are. IMO, being able to get along with and appreciate other people is a healthy thing."

As a parent , I never encouraged my children to approach and embrace total strangers. Most certainly children should be encouraged the common courtesy of acknowledgement by greeting an adult's presence in the room with a simple hello but it is the unknown adult's responsibility to respect the physical boundaries of the child. I too, find it disturbing that the Gosselin children are so eager for affection at the hands of strangers. Where is the line drawn by the parents? In the eyes of the children, what constitutes who is 'good' vs who is 'bad'. I am by no means suggesting that the children should cower in the corner in a room full of strangers. However, J & K are sending a very misleading and potentially dangerous message to their children when they say 'a strange person will take you away and you wont have a mommy any more' and in the next breath they are instructed to sit nice and smile pretty and give the nice makeup lady and the man/woman behind the camera a big hug.

SouthernMom said...

Thank you Greenmunkee!



Greenmunkee said: Quote of the week....LOL

SouthernMom said:

Can someone please tell me......
....why would anyone want to have the back of their head look like a ruffled chicken's a$$?



too funny!

Anonymous said...

I think they seem to baby the tups. I know they were preemies and there are going to be some delayed developemntal issues, but it's darn ridiculous that a 4yo would still need a bib! Things like naps and bibs can be done away with at 2.
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Where do you get the information that "naps can be down away with at 2"? Kids still need a great deal of sleep at 4. I am in several email loops and on some message boards with moms of children the age of my youngest-3. Pretty much all the 3 yr old kids I know of still take naps. If I don't give my daughter a nap, she's either either super cranky or will just fall asleep anyway in the car or something. There is nothing wrong with them taking naps. The Gosselins do plenty to screw up parenting, and forcing them in their rooms for hours so Kate can get a break from doing nothing is one of them. But the statement that kids that age don't nap is wrong.

Anonymous said...

The dance scene was contrived- look at Cara and the girl she's dancing with. It's practically choreographed how they dance exactly in sync.

Anonymous said...

This might be the wrong place to answer but somebody questioned Jon's contention that the first floor of their house was 2000 sq feet. Not true. According to Lancaster public records the square footage of the entire house is 1494 sq feet. The house was purchased in their name. Another example of Kon's lies and exaggerations. Please dont ask for the link. To protect the children I will not release it. Thanks for understanding.

Ilovemykids said...

The tups are almost 4 1/2 years old. They should take naps only if they need naps. Scheduled nap times so that Mommy Dearest can continue with her lazy habits are not needed.

Anonymous said...

It's like they "rent" their children out for promotional appearances like I may rent a neon sign that says "yard sale". The parents are present but it's still the same premise. Or better yet. Those crazy late night colon cleansing products that the slick haired guy hocks touting it to be amazing, healing and slimming. I can see Jon on QVC hocking his children saying they promise you 100% Return on YOUR money or your money back. Buy one get 7 for free.
(How great of a deal. Dislaimer (mom not included in fee)

Anonymous said...

"Jon flat out said that it's important for the kids to bond with the crew so they are natural in the photos. Naturalness should not be THE MOST IMPORTANT THING."

Bonding with a camera and photo crew will not 'create a more natural looking picture'. The children's own ingrained ability to feel comfortable in a family photo setting and a sense of belonging within their family unit as a whole should be plenty enough to get a NATURAL photograph! There is absolutely nothing NATURAL about forcing children in to a situation that they obviously dont want to be in and expecting them to perform like trained animals! There are other words that can more appropriately describe the above. Natural is not one of them.

Anonymous said...

Regarding kids from difficult backgrounds gravitating towards any adult....
I also went to a birthday party, where two little girls were attending and they had been brought there by the birthday child's mother. She worked at a location where abused and neglected children were. She wanted to let them come to her daughter's birthday party to have a great experience.
After I was there about 5 minutes I realized which ones they were. They didn't just play like the others....they gazed up at the faces of the adults and tried to get their attention.
It was very sad and very telling.

Anonymous said...

Always, those children with the highest incidence of abuse (physical, emotional or both) in their background were by far the most affectionate with strangers

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Interesting - you would actually think it would be the other way around and the kids would be wary of adults.

One of my closest friends just adopted 2 little girls who are siblings. They came from a horrific childhood and are 2 of the sweetest, loving, happy children I have ever met. I actually was rather surprised when I first met them because they were soooooooo open with affection ( I loved it, I was just pleasantly surprised ) They immediately took to my 2 little guys, and a great time is had by all when we get together a few times a year.

Thalia Menninger said...

"Then do not go to school at gym or music time when kids have to do the daily activity. Don't sign your kids up for sports, dance, music lessons because some days they won't be into it."

You're right, "anonymous."

Those kids also aren't their greedy parents' sole source of income, either.

Anonymous said...

Just a quick question. In the episode about the musical instruments, didn't Maddy play the violin and Cara the piano? Cara just looked very sad (again) when Maddy was playing the piano with the GH lady.

Anonymous said...

I know people think that this photo shoot was probably the only one that the Gosselins have done that latest 2 days. I think that people have to remember that the Gosselins also appeared in people magazine, and have countless other group photos that they have been distributed to the various other magazines. While they might of not taken two days to do those particular shoots like GH. They probably had very similar circumstances where they had to stand for long periods of time. I think these children really need an advocate on set to make sure that they are getting breaks on set and during their photoshoots. I dont know if any of these photo shoots occur during the time the twins should be at school? But I think that there should be a tutor on set for these girls so they can do their school work. They should also have a tutor that travels with them if their parents take them out of school during the week to do speaking engagements. I think there is probably some major violations that are going on when it comes to working these children. I think this past episode was very telling. I think it is laughable that some people are comparing this to their own family portratit experience. I dont think this is even close. Did your family get paid after doing the photo? Did you take over a hundred photos? I just think that the kids were outside in their winter clothes longer than what Kon let on. Think about it. Not only did they have to wait for the GH photographer to get his camera straight. They probably had to wait for Figure 8 to start filming too. Kate said it herself they got a break at naptime. But how long did they have to stand in the heat before naptime? My point is these children need an independent person with no interest in making money off these children on set. And yes it is a set. On some of the footage that they showed of the cutting room floor, they had takes where they have the children repeating lines, over and over until they got them right. So to say the children are not child actors, to some extent is not true.

Thalia Menninger said...

Regarding "Footloose"

How eerily apt.

I been working so hard
Keep punching my card
Eight hours, for what?
Oh, tell me what I got
I get this feeling
That time's just holding me down
I'll hit the ceiling
Or else I'll tear up this town
Tonight I gotta cut
Loose, footloose
Kick off your Sunday shoes
Please, Louise
Pull me offa my knees
Jack, get back
C'mon before we crack
Lose your blues
Everybody cut footloose
You're playing so cool
Obeying every rule
Dig way down in your heart
You're yearning, burning for some
Somebody to tell you
That life ain't passing you by
I'm trying to tell you
It will if you don't even try
You can fly if you'd only cut
Loose, footloose...

I am quite certain the irony is lost on Lord and Lady Gottahavemore. That scene was just achingly, cringingly bad, it was so contrived. So stupid.

Someone needs to tell Lord and Lady Gimmegimme that those are children...their whole LIVES should be "footloose."

Anonymous said...

I suspect that Jon's hairline might have seen a little photshopping too.

Anonymous said...

Well said TM...I think they just want to meet Kenny Loggins.

Anonymous said...

Compare Hannah's eyes on the GH cover with the picture in the National Enquirer. EEEK!

The NE eyes are her real eyes.

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