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post #1 of 17
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Anyone like to share their thoughts on this reality show?
post #2 of 17
Its a show I watch sometimes. I have a hard time watching just because she is borderline OCD from what I have seen. And that is just to hard for me to watch (Monk is another I can't watch because of the OCD content) because of my own OCD.

Other than that I have no issues with them. They used fertility drugs (2 or so times). Once produced the twins and the second time the 6 babies.
post #3 of 17
I love the show, I watch it whenever I get the chance!
post #4 of 17
I love the show. I enjoy watching it when I get the chance. I think it's fantastic how much they really make an effort to spend individual time with each child. If you watch her- she knows every last quirk, every favorite snack, every favorite toy. She has a lot of little ones to care for- but if you watch the show for a while, you really can tell how much she loves them. My hat goes off to her- I don't know how well I would handle the demanding job of mothering that many little ones. I think they both do a good job. Jon works hard to provide everything they need so that they can have a stable income- I admire that. He put himself through night school and worked full time even while dealing with all of those little ones- that takes dedication and committment to your family imo.

Sure, they may have their quirks and argue once in a while- but who doesn't! I have nothing negative to say about their family. I think they are a good family that really love one another. I also think it's great how they encourage their children to do things that they're interested in such as music lessons/etc. I also like that they take them out on smaller outings without all of the other ones around so that they can spend one on one time and really get to bond with them. I think that they handle parenting multiples extremly well.

I also think it's good that she has a schedule they go by. With that many kids, you HAVE to be organized otherwise it would be total chaos and it would create instability in the home. It may seem OCD to some, but her schedule keeps their family from comming apart at the seems.
post #5 of 17
I always watch the show. I love it. Kate seems to be a very controling person. Its her way or the highway. Probably this life style for the kids is really not in their best interest. And shes doing it for the money!
But I enjoy watching and never miss a show.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
I love the show. I enjoy watching it when I get the chance. I think it's fantastic how much they really make an effort to spend individual time with each child. If you watch her- she knows every last quirk, every favorite snack, every favorite toy. She has a lot of little ones to care for- but if you watch the show for a while, you really can tell how much she loves them. My hat goes off to her- I don't know how well I would handle the demanding job of mothering that many little ones. I think they both do a good job. Jon works hard to provide everything they need so that they can have a stable income- I admire that. He put himself through night school and worked full time even while dealing with all of those little ones- that takes dedication and committment to your family imo.

Sure, they may have their quirks and argue once in a while- but who doesn't! I have nothing negative to say about their family. I think they are a good family that really love one another. I also think it's great how they encourage their children to do things that they're interested in such as music lessons/etc. I also like that they take them out on smaller outings without all of the other ones around so that they can spend one on one time and really get to bond with them. I think that they handle parenting multiples extremly well.

I also think it's good that she has a schedule they go by. With that many kids, you HAVE to be organized otherwise it would be total chaos and it would create instability in the home. It may seem OCD to some, but her schedule keeps their family from comming apart at the seems.

I completely agree with you, Nikki!!
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
I love the show. I enjoy watching it when I get the chance. I think it's fantastic how much they really make an effort to spend individual time with each child. If you watch her- she knows every last quirk, every favorite snack, every favorite toy. She has a lot of little ones to care for- but if you watch the show for a while, you really can tell how much she loves them. My hat goes off to her- I don't know how well I would handle the demanding job of mothering that many little ones. I think they both do a good job. Jon works hard to provide everything they need so that they can have a stable income- I admire that. He put himself through night school and worked full time even while dealing with all of those little ones- that takes dedication and committment to your family imo.

Sure, they may have their quirks and argue once in a while- but who doesn't! I have nothing negative to say about their family. I think they are a good family that really love one another. I also think it's great how they encourage their children to do things that they're interested in such as music lessons/etc. I also like that they take them out on smaller outings without all of the other ones around so that they can spend one on one time and really get to bond with them. I think that they handle parenting multiples extremly well.

I also think it's good that she has a schedule they go by. With that many kids, you HAVE to be organized otherwise it would be total chaos and it would create instability in the home. It may seem OCD to some, but her schedule keeps their family from comming apart at the seems.

8 kids and still alive
post #8 of 17
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I don't normally watch much TV, but have been following this show since the kids are so adorable. I started noticing things not adding up, for instance, how they say Jon the husband had a job, but it didn't seem he did for long, then they said he worked from home but we never see him working. I don't think either of them is working in the traditional sense. Obviously, raising 8 children is work, but they are getting help from various people. They give different answers on the amount of help they get and where it is coming from, but they do have help, which I am glad they do.

Then I noticed I rarely see family around. No grandparents, hardly any others related to them. I found some blogs on the Internet and quickly found the answers to my questions of why not. The only family member that was speaking with them, is now gone.

And I feel Mady, one of the twins, needs to go into counseling. She has some serious issues, like in one show they stated she said "everyday is the worst day of her life", that is NOT normal kid stuff and she also shows some tendencies that concern me for her overall mental well being and health. I doubt this will get better as she gets older, as they just simply do not have the time to spend with her on and on that she craves and needs.
There have also been several times where she blocks out the camera. She isn't fine being filmed and needs privacy sometimes, for instance, when she shuts her door on the camera.
What problems might come from the kids being filmed so much and broadcasted to the world, if any?

I have come to really like this family and love the way Jon is with the kids, and love the kids a lot. But I think for the mental well being of the children that they don't need to be filmed as much as they are and don't need to be in the spotlight so much, they need to be as "normal" as they can. While I love watching them grow, I do think it would be better for this family to stop the show now. They have no plans of stopping that I know of?, in the last show when asked, the mom Kate said, we can stop?" and when asked about future plans told fans to "keep watching". I know there is one mom on here that has 4 babies, all born at once, she declined an offer to do a show for Discovery and I applaud her decision.

Isn't it strange to anyone else that we are watching this family grow up via the television? It is like the "Truman Show" movie, only this isn't fake. Are they child stars? They aren't actors, as their life and their home and bedrooms are the set of the show. The kids might be okay with it now, but do they really understand this anyway? The film crew is already going into their classrooms, at least the youngest 6 of the kids they are. That has to be good for building friendships? I just feel so uncomfortable about these children being brought up on camera, for a lot of reasons.

Does anyone remember the other family that had 6 children? The Dilly's? They did short shows but never did full series and installed huge lights all over their houses and set it up for filming crews several times a week and let people watch their children's private moments, like being potty trained or throwing up and sleeping in the laundry room.

Sure, the parents and kids are getting to go on trips, getting hair implants, getting tummy tucks, buying a new house, have a personal organic chef, have a clothes allowance, and other things that are well and good. They can both stay home with their children as well.
But I am torn, while I like the show, I actually really like all the people (mom, dad, twins, and the 6!) but also think at least one of them should be working a decent job and can't help but wonder how to the kids get compensated for their time on the show? If they do at all? This seems to be a common issue with "child actors". But then again, they aren't actors are they? I am confused what is in their best interest.

I think the parents do love their kids and do love each other, and no, no one is perfect, and I feel they are doing the best they know how to do together, but I have discovered after digging a bit deeper, that yes, this is no different than any other TV "reality" show, it isn't all real, and what you see isn't always what is really there.
post #9 of 17
I don't like this show at all. I feel the parents are cashing in on their kids. I am not a fan of reality shows, in general, but I really dislike shows that whore out children.
post #10 of 17
I love this show! I watch it all the time. I love how they try to spend time with their kids individually, and not just in groups. When they brought each of the kids on their own little outing, I thought it was great because they are spending time with the child one on one, and giving them their own attention. In a large family like that, I can see how easy it is for one child to feel like they are being left out, and to feel like they are not getting any of Mom and Dad's attention. They are definitely great parents for being able to handle 8 children they way they do.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by yam102284 View Post
I love this show! I love how they try to spend time with their kids individually, and not just in groups. When they brought each of the kids on their own little outing, I thought it was great because they are spending time with the child one on one, and giving them their own attention. In a large family like that, I can see how easy it is for one child to feel like they are being left out, and to feel like they are not getting any of Mom and Dad's attention.
I also think it is a wonderful idea to spend more time one on one with each child too From watching the show, they only did that one time, it was their first time, and while I love the concept I honestly found it strange that the mom didn't go on any of the three boy's individual outings, but the dad and mom did go on each of the girl's individual outings. I remember on one of the girls outings she said her favorite part was getting to hold hands with both her mom and dad. The boys would like that chance too! But I hope they have more outings planned for each kid in the future. I know it is hard.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by cococat View Post
I also think it is a wonderful idea to spend more time one on one with each child too From watching the show, they only did that one time, it was their first time, and while I love the concept I honestly found it strange that the mom didn't go on any of the three boy's individual outings, but the dad and mom did go on each of the girl's individual outings. I remember on one of the girls outings she said her favorite part was getting to hold hands with both her mom and dad. The boys would like that chance too! But I hope they have more outings planned for each kid in the future. I know it is hard.
I thought that was weird as well, that she didn't go on any of the 3 boys outings. I'm sure the boys would've loved both their parents there like the girls had. I think, I might be mistaken though, that they said they wanted to do individual outings once a year. It's a great thing, because it's giving each of their children time with their parents, without having to compete for attention with their brothers and sisters.
post #13 of 17
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I thought that was weird as well, that she didn't go on any of the 3 boys outings. I'm sure the boys would've loved both their parents there like the girls had. I think, I might be mistaken though, that they said they wanted to do individual outings once a year.
I agree.

I found this site and think it is really funny! http://tomandtrix.blogspot.com/2008_02_01_archive.html
and this one is quite disturbing.http://gosselinswithoutpity.blogspot.com/
post #14 of 17
I have never even heard of any of these shows. I must live in a bubbel.
I have watched some of those Nanny shows.
I don't watch networkd TV except for two shows. NCIS (sometimes)

and 24 with Kiefer Sutherland, I am totally addicted to that show and I LOVE Jack Bauer.

I guess 24 isn't network is it, it's on Fox.
post #15 of 17
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I have never even heard of any of these shows. I must live in a bubbel.
I have watched some of those Nanny shows.
I don't watch networkd TV except for two shows. NCIS (sometimes)

and 24 with Kiefer Sutherland, I am totally addicted to that show and I LOVE Jack Bauer.

I guess 24 isn't network is it, it's on Fox.
And NCIS is CBS. I know, because I never miss it. I'm hopelessly in love with Abby
post #16 of 17
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Originally Posted by gardenandcats View Post
I always watch the show. I love it. Kate seems to be a very controling person. Its her way or the highway. Probably this life style for the kids is really not in their best interest. And shes doing it for the money!
But I enjoy watching and never miss a show.

I can't watch this show. I took an instant dislike to Kate. Yes, she keeps everything shipshape and running - but I do NOT like her personality nor do I like the way she treats and talks to her husband. More domineering than controlling. Ugh!
post #17 of 17
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I agree.

I found this site and think it is really funny! http://tomandtrix.blogspot.com/2008_02_01_archive.html
and this one is quite disturbing.http://gosselinswithoutpity.blogspot.com/
Both of those sites were hilarious!
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