Either you love Kate Gosselin and are amazed that she can keep it together in the face of twins and sextuplets or you're a judgmental heartless hag. At least, that's my personal exerience with Kate-haters judging from my Kate Gosselin, Time's Person of the Year
There's an article in Woman's Day by Jennifer Rainey Marquez called How She does It: Kate Gosselin.
She's lived her unique motherhood experience on reality television and she's let you see all her flaws.
Her children have grow from babies and toddlers into full-on children at 4 and 7 years old.
Six 4 year olds people.
I find my one 6 year old daughter so challenging to raise that I actually have a blog to talk about it.
No wonder she needs a TV show.
The Gosselins have become our family experience and my children love their children. My 2 year old is as invested in those Gosselin Babies - yes, we still call them The Babies - as he is in Barney.
My daughter L-O-V-E-S those kids.
They love our family time watching them. Seriously it's about the only G rated thing left on television during prime time.
From the article: "This is a big year for you—the first that all eight kids are in elementary or preschool. Can you describe your typical routine getting the kids ready for school?"
"I’m all about planning ahead. Otherwise, I don’t know how I would function in the morning, because I am not a morning person! I pack the twins’—Cara and Mady’s—lunches the night before, so that everything’s ready to go the next day. I also lay out the little kids’ lunches in my mind. I’m always thinking: Can I turn that roast turkey into a turkey sandwich tomorrow morning? We live an hour from the preschool, so the little kids and I have to get a very early start."
"Who the hell drives their kids one hour away to attend preschool?" Not me. I'm annoyed that I live 15-20 minutes from Zack's preschool and as soon as there's an opening at the one in town I'm switching him. I don't care who's teaching it - it can't be worth 2 hrs a day in the car with 6 four year olds paying $3.50 a gallon for gas.
I'm not a Kate Gosselin kind of mother in a lot of ways. I'm not a germaphobe, I'm not anal-retentive or compulsive. I care what I eat and what I feed my kids, but I don't have the financial luxury of having an "organic-only" rule.
She makes the kids fun foods by turning them into checker boards and buys alphabet cookie cutters to make their initials out of food, according to the article. Yeah, I don't have time for that - I'm writing this blog. I also am wary of raising my children's expectations.
But, we do have one similar rule: I am not a restaurant. You eat what I make. I also throw in "I am not the maid. I am not your waitress."
Oh, well, watch the show and go read the magazine article yourself.
Photo source: Woman's Day