Gymnastics & Baseball Recap

This recap is dedicated to Kate Gosselin’s New And Improved Breasts, without whom this episode clearly would not have been possible, given the level to which they were displayed. Well done, Ms. Gosselin! Yes, they sure are round and perky and plump, and we all noticed; how could we not? They’re a metaphor, actually, a temporary testament to what you’ve accomplished during this whole sorry debacle: spending money on frivolities for yourself that your children earned by being forced to have their childhoods broadcast for the entire planet to watch. By being forced to be a brand simply by virtue of their birth. A car commercial with cutesy names. A new brand of carpet cleaner in matching clothing. continue

Submitted by Laura Linger


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readerlady said...

I'd forgotten about Khate's comments when Aaden had to get glasses. What a superficial beyotch she is. All about appearances. If something isn't perfect, she can't stand it. I can just imagine the freakout if, God forbid, one of the tups had been born with cerebral palsy, like Rebecca Hayes. Eric and Betty
include her in all the family activities, as much as possible. And it's sweet to see how the other children relate to her and try to include her, too. They get a daily lesson in tolerance and compassion. Khate would probably hide her away and deny that she existed, because it would spoil her image of the perfect family.

Anonymous said...

"It was about her killing all the tups' fun and not letting them order their own meals."

Could it be that she went over the menu choices with them before they sat down, they told her what they wanted, and therefore they were ready to order when the server arrived at their table? Did we really need to see and hear all eight of them order individually? I know that mine take a long time to order! Maybe they were limited in their filming time...or maybe she was doing the control thing again. Who knows?

EnjoyYOURSELF said...

Possibly, PAMom, but then, why did they all get and share the same items? I find it hard to believe all six asked for those combinations.

goawayfools said...

Even if she discussed what they wanted, would it have killed her to let each kid order their own meal? Why 5 meals to split up with Kate's fingers all over their food instead of 6 meals, one for each tup, finger-free? And what's up with the need for silence during the meal? It's not LeCirque. If she wasn't correcting someone or handing a manhandled plate of food to a tup, she was shushing them. And it took her so long to split up the food that the last two tups to be served were getting upset. So yeah, I think she was a total and complete buzzkill. The kids didn't even seem to have fun, beyond getting to eat something besides grapes and crackers.

N.E. Psychologist said...

SuzieO said:
And then you could see she was disappointed that she couldn't go in the exact same room she was if the kids would care BUT 'she was doing for the kids.'

Yes, for years and seasons Kate has done EVERYTHING 'for her kids'.

"For my kids" is Katespeak for "ME."

She sees her children as extensions of herself to meet HER needs. Their needs are inconsequential at best and nonexistent at worst.
At least their father treats them as individual children and tries to meet their needs.

moo said...

As for the freak fest when Aaden needed glasses & whining about her child not being normal

she is evil said...

Re: Kate wanting "normal" kids. What's normal? Your kids are your kids. She wants PERFECT kids. And sadly, Kate has eight children who will probably have serious psychological issues someday. And the glasses are adorable btw, part of Aaden's charm.

luvmykids said...

Not only did Laura recap this episode...she summed up the entire Gosselin children's life!

Great job!

jennylyn in virginia said...

OHHHHH I hate to have anything said to defend Kate-- my child loves broccoli-- she prefers it over anything else!! At Outback she wants a side of broccoli and a salad! She is 2 and a half.... I have tried other things but she won't eat much of it. I do get her ice cream after that dinner because she deserves a treat for being such a healthy eater all on her own!

All For The Kids said...

Hi Jennylyn in Virginia,

That's so cool that your child prefers veggies. But I think the point is that you let her CHOOSE to eat broccoli and a salad, whereas I don't get the feeling that broccoli (or anything else about the meal) was the choice of the Gosselin sextuplets.

I was just reading about Harry Harlow and his monkey experiments. These were the experiments where young monkeys were separated from their biological mothers and were given two surrogate mothers: one made out of wire but able to provide nourishment out of a bottle and another made out of soft material but not able to provide any nourishment. The young monkeys clearly preferred spending their time with the cloth monkey, holding onto it, sleeping with it, and clinging to it when a scary stimulus was introduced. The young monkeys rarely ever went to the wire mothers except when nourishment was absolutely necessary.

It just seems to me that there are so many similarities between Kate and the wire monkey. She provides nourishment (well, to some extent, notwithstanding her concentration camp rationing of the 'tups meals at the restaurant), but the provision of an abiding sense of providing the comfort and security that a human equates as love does not appear to be in her repertoire. I just saw on YouTube that Hate4Kate has an "Ode to Aunt Jodi" where her calm love and willingness to provide a haven of security and comfort for the children made Kate's wire surrogate deficiencies all the more blatant.

My favorite moments/episodes have been: Mr. Mom (where the kids appeared to be loved and Kate appeared to be less of a shrew); the fishing scenes of Movie and a Catch (where the children experienced hands-on learning from their Dad), and the baseball portion of Gymnastics and Baseball (where the children were basically children, and loved, touched and taught).

It’s interesting that Harlow was considered to be cruel in his treatment of the monkeys but many people consider Kate to be a great mom.

Go figure.

Pity Party said...

So does my child love broccoli, not sure he would want it w/ a burger, a must have w/ chicken.

I think in this instance the broccoli was clearly staging for the camera (setting the stage for what may be a healthy/organic cooking/restauranteer type of show coming in the spring).

I don't see her spending a lot of time worrying about broccoli at home like she did when the camera was running, as it seems they are always hungry. She is too busy w/ all the "business" calls and whatever is in all the large envelopes she is always picking up.

She fed them eggplant parmesan (practice) for 3 days in a row, which I cannot even comprehend for the poor children. It even sounds gross and not sure I ever heard of it.

Pity Party said...

All For The Kids said...

That was interesting about the Harry Harlow experiment and very fitting. I learn a lot here, very informed.

Stef said...

I have to admit I am surprised by the seemingly overwhelming support for allowing children to choose their own food.

I believe that a goal of parenting is to create independence, maturity, and self-sufficiency by the time thr kids are adults, so that they can take care of themselves out in the "real world." So obviously kids will need to learn to read a menu, select food, and interact with restaurant staff on their own--at some point.

But at what age is it appropriate for kids to decide what they will be having for dinner? Two years old seems quite young to allow a kid to decide what food they will eat at mealtime. Five years old still seems iffy to me. Would they be able to choose wisely at that age? What about dietary restrictions a family may be trying to observe (for religious or ethical reasons)?

Should the parents not be the gatekeepers, but rather just let the kids call the shots?

Sometimes it seems like parents give their kids so much decision-making control before the kids have accumulated wisdom and experience that the parent should have (see recent spate of car commercials clearly aimed at small children among other phenomena in American society today).

Why "should" eating in a restaurant be seen as a treat, and an opportunity to abandon ordinary dietary practices? Maybe restaurants are treats in some families, but should all families view restaurant time as a special time when parents cede control to their children and break with normal routines? Must restaurant visits be fun and novel above all? Or can they just be about going out and eating dinner?

Clearly Kate is highly inconsistant with what she feeds the kids. I won't even get into what she ordered or why.

But I am just not sold that it's so bad for the parent to decide for younger children what's for dinner.

AussieGoldenLuv said...

Stef said...

But I am just not sold that it's so bad for the parent to decide for younger children what's for dinner.


There is a happy compromise. If you're not sure taht the kid will make a wise choice, give them two options. For example, grilled chicken or burger. Or if you want them to have just one "bad" food, let them pick the combo, like chicken & fries or burger & broccoli. By giving the children 2-3 choices, you're allowing them to learn how to make a selection while still ensuring that they're making a good choice. Win-Win.

DISCLAIMER: I don't have children so might be full of beans, but it seems sensible to me. When I was watching my friend's kids one night, it was time for bed. They wanted to watch TV. I gave them the choice of going to bed quietly and getting a story, or going to bed crying and not getting a story. It took TV off the table but still gave them a little control over their destiny for the night. :)

Stef said...

CanineDivine, I agree! I think that is a good middle-ground approach, and I have been a fan of the "guided choices" approach in other situations in dealing with children. That way the parent can still make sure appropriate choices would be made and the kid can begin to build confidence in his decision-making and live with the results.

Problem solved! Wow, this parenting stuff is pretty easy (haha)! ;-)

Leanna said...

Great recap Laura! I hardly ever post, but I have to comment on the dedication of the recap to Kate's new breasts. As a recent recipient of new 'girls' myself (paid for with my husband's money - NOT my kids) I have at times felt defensive about the criticism, and this weird empathy for Kate over the constant discussion about her boobs and how she chooses to cover them. I'll admit that it takes a little bit of trial and error to figure out what you can wear with the new additions and what is really not gonna work so well. Unfortunately, I've pulled a Kate (leaned down in a shirt I thought was fine, only to have my boobs hanging out) a time or two. Having said that, I was completely shocked by the ridiculous top she was wearing on the interview couch. Even with store-bought additions, cleavage like that takes some work. I haven't watched the show in nearly a year because the sound of her voice is like nails on a chalk board, so I have no idea if this is her normal attire or not, but if so then she deserves all the criticism that comes her way. I'll stop feeling defensive and will go back to lurking and enjoying the wonderfully snarky recaps. Thank you.

Twisted Sister said...

Hat's off to you, Laura. You nailed it. Completely. And kudos to Jon for letting those poor kids actually live and

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