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Jon Gosselin: Reality Show Gave My Kids Developmental Problems! Kate Gosselin: NOPE!

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Woooooow, Jon Gosselin! Really?

You're really going to claim that your kids have developmental problems AND you're going to blame it on the show… in PUBLIC?? If Kate has anything to say about the children, we bet she'll refute that!

Oh wait, she did!

In his Nov. 3 interview with Oprah, he opened up BIG TIME about how he thought putting his kids on a reality show damaged their growth. He said:

"It just became stressful on the kids and stressful on me. You're trying to keep your marriage together, and you're trying to keep your family ties together. I saw my kids not growing up normally, like I grew up, and having community.

"Yes, they got to travel the world, and yes, they got these fabulous things, and yes, they have trust funds, and they're taken care of educationally. Great. But developmentally, they have problems with their peers, and they have problems with talking to other people, and they have problems with wants and needs and manners and morals and what's right and what's wrong. I think more so than someone who grows up off TV."

We understand that it was hard on everyone, but to call these developmental issues? If they ARE as serious as that, why would you use a public forum to talk about it??

Kate would like to disagree, too:

"I find it very heartbreaking that my children's father chooses a public forum to discuss his current opinions of the 'development' of our children.

"Because he has spoken negatively about our children, I feel I owe it to them to respond on their behalf. Each and every one of our children has met and continues to exceed all physical, mental, and emotional developmental milestones throughout their lives. Their normal development is regularly monitored by myself, their pediatrician, and school staff, as is usual within any family."

Then, she hits it home:

"[It's] very normal in a family, especially a large family, to have a full range of personalities, abilities, talents, hobbies, and struggles. However, anyone who has personally met our children all have the same thing to say: They are the most normal, pleasant, polite, loving and well adjusted children they have ever met. Most even go on to say that they are a 'a delight' to be around."

She even points out what could come of Jon's opinion:

"If our children ever stumble upon that interview, I want to be able to point them to this statement so that they know that I publicly set the record 100% straight on this one, for their sake."

Imagine how you'd feel if your father was judging you from a distance, as Jon is from his rural home in Pennsylvania where he works as a waiter to survive (there is nothing wrong with where he is, or what he does — he's just removed!). It just doesn't seem all the way right for him to make those judgment calls from so far away!

And to hold that opinion in public? To Oprah??

Talk about the effect TV life has had on their lives!!

P.S. — If U haven't heard Kate say that she PITIES Jon yet, check that out HERE!

[Image via Dominic Chan/WENN.]

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13 comments to “Jon Gosselin: Reality Show Gave My Kids Developmental Problems! Kate Gosselin: NOPE!”

  1. 1

    He's wrong to talk about it publicly, but I bet he is right about the kids. So many kids who grew up in front of the camera have issues - reality tv isn't any different.

  2. BrwnEyezRican says – reply to this


    @perez, you are making the wrong judgement. He is referring to the children's social development. It is hard for children to adjust these days, so when you are constantly surrounded by adults, and they are treated as such, they loose the childhood innocence and social development that comes with interacting freely with other children.

  3. Carol says – reply to this


    I'm sure he is 100% right on about his kids social development. She were spoiled and given everything they could have wanted. The show ruined the marriage of the parents and are being raised by a MEAN woman. No doubt they're socially damaged. Look at Leann Rimes? A praised child for her singing, emotionally stunted in her 30's, still a child mentally.

  4. NoWay, says – reply to this


    Who would ever say this about their children to the public, if he he truly thought this he should have done something about it, it's his responsibility to make sure his kids are meeting their milestones- if he thought the tv show was getting in the way he should have done something about it even if that means teaching them himself what he wants them to know. Glad Kate stuck up for her children. She has a very valid point, if her children weren't hitting their milestones there are many other peers that are around to inform her of that. Jon seems to have been more ' mentally' affected by the show

  5. @v@ says – reply to this


    John should consider shutting up and canning the negativity permanently. What's done is done! To have educational funds for all of those kids is massively fortunate today, and an incredibly good thing. The kids can catch up developmentally if he desires to put that work in to whatever HIS standard seems to be. Kate meets her own standard.
    Divorce itself can stunt kids, but they right themselves as best they can eventually just like any child of divorce. He should never diss his own kids in the media.

  6. Paula says – reply to this


    Nothing he said was even remotely as bad as what she wrote in her book, I Just Want You to Know, or said to their faces on her TV Show!

  7. 7

    poor kids… both of them r dissapointing parents…

  8. 8

    And to think these folks caught my eye one day at a grocery checkout and for some reason that got me a bit interested in celebrity gossip. Wish them all the best.

  9. Ali says – reply to this


    I don't think he said anything wrong, he has every right as their father and who was present on the show to have an opinion on that. Kates response is a manipulative one, basically making out that he doesn't know his own children and that he's critising them personally , and he never said any of those things that she responded to. He never said they're not a pleasure to be around, or they're not meeting milestones etc. He just basically made reference to the fact his children were not growing up like he did and most other children; on television, where they're around adults and all their needs are being met and socially it's not the same and he saw that. What's wrong with that?
    I feel sorry for the guy because you can see how controlling and manipulative Kate is, she always making him into the bad guy.

  10. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: Ali – Really? Well, that makes more sense then. Sorry, John. Eats crow.

  11. 11

    They are the way they are because they have to Moron's for parents

  12. Sara says – reply to this


    He may or may not be right and the thing is, there's no way to know. There are kids who grow up in a 'normal' environment but are still not very well socially developed. It happens. And their show could be to blame, but it also might not be. I imagine having so many siblings, it would make their social development a lot easier. That also being said, most social development issues can be traced back to the parenting. Too much socialization, not enough, too much attention, not enough…it's a delicate balance and he was definitely wrong to state this publicly and to blame it on a show that he signed on to willingly is just kind of petty at this point. If he thinks they're under developed socially, talk to your ex-wife, go to the doctor and see what they suggest, take your kids to classes or put them in daycare or whatever, but don't make a public spectacle of yourself and your kids. I dislike Kate Gosselin in many ways but she was absolutely right to say what she did.

  13. eblus says – reply to this


    i do believe jon is right! if you have ever watched thier show, you know she is a bitch! her twins will be just like her!by the way her face looks like cow patties!