Monday, September 29, 2008

What I Like About Jon & Kate






We have done this before with our Sound Off and Positive Vibe Zones but a reader wrote in and asked if we would do this again. I think she is absolutely right. This is a good time to repeat this. What do you like about Jon & Kate and or the show? What good things do you think they have done for their children?


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29 comments:

Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter if you like Jon and Kate or not, you have to give them credit for the way they are handling the craziness that is going around them. I think it shows class.

I think that they are good parents that make mistakes. They are under a microscope (and I know it is by their choice) so their mistakes appear magnified.

I think they have shown that they can learn from their mistakes and make changes. I applaud them for that.

Linda said...

I like that J&K have their family eat meals together. I also like that she makes an effort to have the family eat healthy foods.

anya said...

I too applaud them for taking the high road and not stooping down to answer every accusation thrown at them. It shows class and smarts.

I believe they attempt to handle each child as an individual. They aren't perfect, but they make an effort and I am sure it isn't always easy.

I like how Kate wants to give her kids more experiences then she had as a child.

I like J&K's sense of humor. When they are at their best, they seem to really get a kick out of each other.

I love Alexis and her aldergators!

Nancy said...

Although I strongly disagree with the way they do it, the Gosselin parents are providing all the material things their children could need.
I like that the parents try to discipline their kids as best they can.
I like that the kids go to church.

MommyZinger said...

OMG, yes! Thank you for moving on!

I like that Jon and Kate are an interracial couple. My husband and I are as well so our children are biracial. Sometimes I see some physical similarities between their children and ours - eye shape, hair color. I enjoyed the Korean meal episode. I think it was good of them to discuss their heritage with their children.

Personally, I could not handle all the criticism. So in that way they are a lot stronger than me.

While I do not agree with some of their parenting and how they speak to each other, I think I can identify with them more than the Duggars.

Kelley said...

I like that Kate and Jon encourage the kids to be individuals. They support their individual intrests as well as doing group activities.

There are few things that make me happier than hearing the funny little things kids say, and the Gosselin 8 are always saying something funny. And regardless of what some would say, I think that Jon and Kate really do love eachother.

Niki said...

Even though there are many things I dislike about Jon & Kate, there are also things I like. I know they are criticized badly, but I do think they are good parents who sometimes make bad choices....don't we all!! I've seen many people screaming at their kids like lunatics in public. At least Jon and Kate try to teach them by putting them in time out. They also try to teach them manners, eat healthy and are trying to make a better life for their children (even though only sometimes in the wrong way)

I know people like to criticize her, but truthfully at the end of the day, for me, with only one child, I'm exhausted. I can't imagine 8!!! I would want a house cleaner or a nanny to help out also, not only to get things done more quickly, but everyone needs "ME" time everyday! Even if I just have 30 min. of 'me' time, it helps. I'm not sure why people put them down for that.

cali-mom said...

I love this show. I like that they are Christians and raising there children in a Godly home. I love seeing all the bible verses around the kitchen & dining room area.
I dont agree w/the way they talk to each other, but you can tell they do in deed love each other, and want the best for there kids.

MCB said...

Totally off topic, but for those that are fans of the Duggars:

Sep 29, 10:00 pm
17 Kids and Counting
Big Family Meets Big Apple
TV-PG, CC

I believe it's on Discovery Health.

I wonder why the Harris Sextuplet show hasn't been shown. It was supposed to be a series and all we got were the first two episodes, right?

GLO said...

I like the fact that J&K aren't "perfect" parents, and that helps me to keep my "imperfect" parenting in perspective.

anya said...

I know there are others who strongly feel differently, but I have appreciated the more positive shows recently. In particular, Kate lightening up a bit.

Don't get me wrong. I appreciate the "real" moments too and I think they get unfairly knocked sometimes for being willing to show themselves at not always their best, but the flip side is it's nice to see Kate recognizing certain behaviors and easing up and also to see more affection between the two of them.

Anonymous said...

Anya said...I too applaud them for taking the high road and not stooping down to answer every accusation thrown at them. It shows class and smarts.
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I am not convinced they are taking the high road by not answering the accusations thrown at them. IMO they can't argue with the truth.

anya said...

Anonymous said...September 29, 2008 11:30 AM

"I am not convinced they are taking the high road by not answering the accusations thrown at them. IMO they can't argue with the truth."


In the interest of keeping things positive, I won't argue the whole "truth" vs. "perception" or "point of view" debate all over again.

Perhaps you are right. Who knows. I did mention in the new episode thread, that it will be interesting to see what, if anything, is said about some of the claims that we have all been debating for months now....

Fanny said...

I'm happy for Jon and Kate that they found eachother. I always love to see couples that are so different that they compliment eachother. There is no way they would make it if they both shared either of their personalities. A person as high strung as Kate has to have someone who is more laid back like Jon, I think it's sweet. It's like they've found their true other half...

I feel like they both truly love eachother and their kids, and to be able to get that across to people in the midst of all the bickering and craziness is really something.

scarfoot said...

I like how you can see that the children are affectionate toward each other and have a strong relationship. I think that is very tender, and must come from things that aren't shown enough on TV.

I also like that J and K realize that they need to spend individual time with the kids, and try to do so. I liked seeing Jon take the kids on errands with him. Those are the special moments.

Anonymous said...

I like the fact that Jon buys coffee at Dunkin Donuts and gets a munchkin for the little one riding with him. Organic smorganic!

Anonymous said...

Mady is my fave person on the show. She does what she wants when she wants. She has not lost her spunk in spite of her controlling parents and ridiculous shooting schedule. She stood up for Collin with the gum on bear incident. She helps out on her terms. She reminds me of my oldest daughter. You can't control these types you just provide structure and hang on for the ride!

Anonymous said...

I like the calm way they discipline their children. Usually they only need to be told once to go to "time out", and when they have to be reminded it is always with a calm voice.

I like the way they instill the importance of the children making eye contact with the child they hurt and are required to apologize, hug and kiss the child.

I like the way Kate potty trained her children with positive reinforcement, making each success a celebratory occasion.

I especially like the way Jon and Kate have kept silent while being attacked by family members and "friends". It's a very hard thing to do to turn the other cheek when being attacked, and so far they have set a good example.

There's a lot I like about what I see, and some things I don't like but on the whole the good outweighs the not so good and afterall, we are only seeing clips and not the lead up to what took place.

Jenn said...

What do I like about Jon and Kate...

I like the fact that they aren't retaliating against anyone who says anything bad about them.

I think that the way the kids care about each other is so cute. They had to learn that somewhere.

I like that Kate is trying to be a better person. I don't care if it's because of the blogs or PR or seeing herself on TV, at least she's recognizing what needs to be changed and taking action!

Daisy said...

I agree with anon 2:00 pm.

And I also like that Kate takes her kids feelings into consideration. For example letting Hannah keep her hair the length she wants. I think it's important for kids to feel good about themselves and wearing their hair in a way they like helps that.

merryway said...

One of the little girls (I don't know which, but she's done it a couple of time) gets pushed or hit and tells her offender “we don't push”. It's obvious she's imitating her parents and makes me smile.

Quiltart said...

I admire the way that Jon & Kate have handled the recent blogging controversies... As others have said,
they have taken the high road and I think they have come out on top!

From the very beginning it's been the kids for me. I just love the kids. They are all such individuals and have so much personality. They truly seem like they are all very happy kids and I give credit to the parents for that! I think J&K have done a great job!

Guinevere said...

One of the little girls (I don't know which, but she's done it a couple of time) gets pushed or hit and tells her offender “we don't push”. It's obvious she's imitating her parents and makes me smile.

I've seen variations of this a couple of times, but my favorite is Alexis throwing something at Aaden and then when he hits her, shrieking indignantly, "We don't hit!" It's such a funny moment. Alexis needs a little lesson on the spirit of the law v. the letter of the law, methinks.

twinmom said...

Scarfoot, I so agree with you! The most wonderful and sometimes funny moments on that show are when the kids comfort each other or try to help each other. It truly does speak for itself. Those kids really love each other. That has to come from somewhere. They are being taught to respect and love each other.

I also enjoy the moments that Jon spends with the children. When he says "come on buddy" he seems truly happy to be with the child he's speaking to.

I do think that as parents, they are evolving a bit.
Maybe less stress, maybe all the heat they are taking is making a difference, but I do see that things are changing for the better. Just my opinion.

And I think things are changing for the better here too! It's nice to be able to post in a thread. I am staying away from the hot debate threads because the world is just too complicated right now and the less negative energy around, the better. Hope you are all well tonight.

jax said...

Thanks for this thread!

The tender moments between the kids.

Love it when we see the spontaneous moments Kate has when interacting with the kids. One example, she was doing one of the little girl's hair, and the child was just talking away and Kate looked at her and said 'who are you'

Like how they know the individual characteristics of the kids.

Individual time with the kids.

When Kate relaxes, she's hilarious!

anya said...

Twinmom said..."The most wonderful and sometimes funny moments on that show are when the kids comfort each other or try to help each other. It truly does speak for itself. Those kids really love each other. That has to come from somewhere."

I very much agree and your comments made me think of a few times when we have seen one of the girls visiting Collin or Joel at the time-out step and/or reminding the parents that a sibling had been there a while. Too cute!

Denise said...

Thanks for this thread!

I love Alexis' alligator collection, the scenes of Mady and Cara's cooking class, and when the kids got to feed chickens. I also really like it when J&K laugh together - having 8 kids makes those moments of together/alone time really precious for them.

Anna said...

While I don't agree with a lot of things that J+K do, I LOVE that they only make one meal. The kids must eat what is put in front of them, no matter where it came from, and that's that. This is how I was raised (being 1 of 4) so I'm not a picky eater. My DH on the other hand...so let's just say, their spouses will appreciate that J+K did this for them.

Jennifer said...

I love that Kate is devoted to her children having experiences (regardless of if you agree with how they are going about it or not)Her children have been able to have more adventures in their young lives, than many will ever. I love that she takes photo's of all of it. I also love that Kate and Jon recognize each child's individual personality.