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post #141 of 3013
Kate has said several times on the show that the first year of the sextuplet's life was hard and that she sometimes wondered how they would put food on their table. She does more for her 8 kids than many moms do for just one or two kids, myself included. If they were offered free diapers or formula or aby food during the first year of the babies lives they would have been foolish not to accept knowing that the help would not be there forever.

I just don't understand why some people feel the need to nitpick Kate for every little thing that she does but never seem to point out that she feeds her family mostly organic, healthy made from scratch meals, all they seem to see is that she serves those meals on an occasional paper plate.
post #142 of 3013
Don't you just love those inflammatory drive-by postings. :

Anyways, while I don't agree with everything they do... I rarely agree with everything anyone does... I think they do a pretty good job all things considering.


Okay I'm REAAAALLY getting irritated with TLC. I've been trying to DVR the two episodes where they go the amusement parks (go Dutch & Sugar Rush) and they keeps listing them as those episodes in the descriptions but that isnt' the episodes that they show! Okay maybe part of the is my cable companies fault but its driving me crazy!!
post #143 of 3013
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Okay I'm REAAAALLY getting irritated with TLC. I've been trying to DVR the two episodes where they go the amusement parks (go Dutch & Sugar Rush) and they keeps listing them as those episodes in the descriptions but that isnt' the episodes that they show! Okay maybe part of the is my cable companies fault but its driving me crazy!!
I was about to : to you and I just realized, you live where I live.
post #144 of 3013
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Okay I'm REAAAALLY getting irritated with TLC. I've been trying to DVR the two episodes where they go the amusement parks (go Dutch & Sugar Rush) and they keeps listing them as those episodes in the descriptions but that isnt' the episodes that they show! Okay maybe part of the is my cable companies fault but its driving me crazy!!
Me, too!!!! And I have Directv and live in MD, so it much be TLC and not the TV companies. :
post #145 of 3013
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Originally Posted by mum2tori View Post
Okay I'm REAAAALLY getting irritated with TLC. I've been trying to DVR the two episodes where they go the amusement parks (go Dutch & Sugar Rush) and they keeps listing them as those episodes in the descriptions but that isnt' the episodes that they show! Okay maybe part of the is my cable companies fault but its driving me crazy!!

In Ohio, and having the same problem! Grrrr!
post #146 of 3013
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Originally Posted by TCMoulton View Post
I just don't understand why some people feel the need to nitpick Kate for every little thing that she does but never seem to point out that she feeds her family mostly organic, healthy made from scratch meals, all they seem to see is that she serves those meals on an occasional paper plate.
I think paper plates are the least of their problems.

If she fed those kids Lunchables for every meal, but seemed to spend quality time interacting with them and having a joyful time, I'd feel better about that.

As it is, cleaning and cooking while yelling at the kids to get out of her way seems really unpleasant and perhaps a bit off balance. If you choose to have that many kids, it seems to me, that you need to make a number of sacrifices--and floors that you could eat off shouldn't be higher on the list of priorities than spending time with those children. Things aren't more important than people.
post #147 of 3013
a previous poster summed it up perfectly for me-why are they so special? And she's a PITA.

I am so tired of reality tv self-promotion, I swear. The episode where they were trying to get the twins into modeling (or getting their headshots done) clinched it for me. I can't help but feel icky about them!
post #148 of 3013
I think it is a neat show - makes me realize that my life is pretty darn easy with my foursome. I can't imagine six of my 21 month old - it would have been a lot of work.

I think Kate does yell at Jon a fair bit - but sometimes I think what she says when my dh doesn't see the urgency in getting things done - she does says it. Can you imagine her state if she didn't say something - saying it is much better than internalizing it. I wish it was a bit more kind but it obvious works for them.

I think if she didn't obsess about the house it would be an all-out disaster in less than a day - my house is with 1/2 the kiddos! It bothers me to have a dirty house so I can only imagine.

I would hope, once the little ones are a bit older, that life becomes a bit more relaxed but with 2 six year olds and 4 two year olds - it must be wild just to get a meal on the table.

It is a neat insight into a very very busy household - six kiddos, or 8 kiddos or 10 kiddos doesn't really count unless they are all under 6 or 4. Older kiddos at least don't need help with all meals, diapers, bedtime routine, bathtime (yikes - that would be a challenge), a trip to the store, organizing meals. It amazes me how well organized she is.

Alright - enough - I admire them!
post #149 of 3013
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Originally Posted by mata View Post
The episode where they were trying to get the twins into modeling (or getting their headshots done) clinched it for me. I can't help but feel icky about them!
Actually that wasn't to get the twins into modeling... it was just to be fun and let the girls get to be "super girlie". Kate said she wasn't that kind of girl growing up but she didn't want the girls to not experience something fun like that.

She has made the comment that one of the twins would probably go into acting because she is such a "dramatic" type of personality ... not because they would push them into acting.
post #150 of 3013
I just don't get it - people are criticizing this family because they are pretty much normal. I don't know about you but I argue and bicker with the hubby, sometimes spend too much time doing other things besides playing with my girls, on occasion I use paper plates, I am basically far from a perfect parent. This show is 30 minutes of vieo chosen from hours and hours of footage - of course they are going to choose the moments where the kids are cranky, Jon is messing up, Kate is complaining, etc. They seem like a pretty normal family to me who are doing a pretty darn good job raising their large family on their own. Why do people enjoy criticizing another mama to this degree is beyond me cause you know, people in glass houses really shouldn't throw stones!
post #151 of 3013
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I have mixed feelings about that article. First off, it's from 2005. It recounts the 6's first year, and the donations the family received as well as the help. I always wondered how they made it financially, but I don't think this article is an accurate picture of their lives today. For better or worse, it's not terribly uncommon today for families of high order multipes to recieve multiple donations, monetary gifts, homes, and volunteers. They are not unique in that reguard.

I am shocked, however, at the sheer anger. Some of the comments people made were just nasty. They berate Kate for not seeming happier, for not "enjoying" her 6 more. Come on! WHO would enjoy the first year of 6 babies' lives? Especially the first 6 months it's just HARD!!! And they said she should go back to work full-time. I can't even imagine putting 8 kids in daycare. It wouldn't be worth it financially. She did work on weekends up until recently, according to the show.

Oh my gosh a lot of days I feel like I am barely getting by with two kids!! If you ask me "how is life today?" A lot of days you'd get a *sigh*. I can't imagine a life with 8 kids. Wonderful? Yes. Extremely challenging? Of course.

I always wonder how she is so patient? I feel horrible because I snap at my kids so easily and she seems to have it together in that respect. It really gives me perspective.
post #152 of 3013
Maybe my 3 year old is more advanced than I thought... I saw it last night and she was saying the younger ones were 3, and I kept thinking they look and act more like my 15 month old than my turned 3 today year old (maybe more like dd was at 2...). Are they "behind" from being premature - or would you say they are average 3 year olds?
post #153 of 3013
Ugh, I watched the 4th of July episode last night and wanted to shake Kate. Making those kids walk 6 block while they were crying and crying, and she "didn't know what else to do" besides mug for the camera and laughingly tell people to cover their ears. Uh, perhaps stop and comfort your children? Pick them up and carry them?

She honestly seems more concerned about hair styles, matching clothes, and having things come off perfectly--just as she's envisioned it--than she is about the actual *people* in her family and how they are faring in any given moment.
post #154 of 3013
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Maybe my 3 year old is more advanced than I thought... I saw it last night and she was saying the younger ones were 3, and I kept thinking they look and act more like my 15 month old than my turned 3 today year old (maybe more like dd was at 2...). Are they "behind" from being premature - or would you say they are average 3 year olds?
I think they do behave more like two year olds. I do think it's because they were premature but I don't know that for sure.

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Ugh, I watched the 4th of July episode last night and wanted to shake Kate. Making those kids walk 6 block while they were crying and crying, and she "didn't know what else to do" besides mug for the camera and laughingly tell people to cover their ears. Uh, perhaps stop and comfort your children? Pick them up and carry them?

She honestly seems more concerned about hair styles, matching clothes, and having things come off perfectly--just as she's envisioned it--than she is about the actual *people* in her family and how they are faring in any given moment.
Pick up six three year olds and carry them? That's a riot! I don't know about you but my three year old is only 29 lbs. and I can't carry him very far at all. If my kids are tantruming in public a lot of times I will laugh and say things like "you're welcome" or "he's just here for your listening pleasure". It's a nervous thing... like everybody is starring at me, I'm sweating... what to do? Oh I know, make light of the situation!

Would you prefer if she was all red in the face and started yelling at the kids? I think they handled it fine. FTR my three year old can walk six blocks easily and does so on a daily basis.
post #155 of 3013
omg we watched them last night-i used to think i liked them, but now the show just makes me mad. the little ones are left alone in the basement/left with the 6 yr olds way too much...the cleaning is out of control-the episode where she wigged out and stopped them from doing pumpkins b/c of the mess was the breaking point for me. i am empathetic to a degree-i too am a neat freak. i swiffer and vaccuum and wipe down things daily, usually, but it doesnt interfere with my mothering. she needs some help, i think. it must be really stressful to live with that many kids and that much (inevitable) mess and be the way she is about cleaning.

both of them seem very abrupt and distant as parents. and i don't love their parenting techniques abit. The kids cry ALOT.
i watched one last night, the 4th of July one, and thought my head would explode when she didnt let them eat a piece of candy, TOOK IT OUT OF THEIR MOUTHS, but yet, let them drink yellow drink all day and then, gave them the candy to quiet them down on the trek back from the parade. not because she felt sad they were upset, but b/c she was embarrassed. gag.

and the way k treats j is just embarrassing. my dh watched with me last night, and was totally appalled for poor emasculated j too. j needs to find his backbone.
i wouldn't speak to someone i hated the way she speaks to him. it's awful.
the one where they were xmas shopping (worst. idea. ever. anyway.) with the littles and she YELLED at him?! so embarrassed for him.
post #156 of 3013
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Originally Posted by monkey's mom View Post
I think paper plates are the least of their problems.

If she fed those kids Lunchables for every meal, but seemed to spend quality time interacting with them and having a joyful time, I'd feel better about that.

As it is, cleaning and cooking while yelling at the kids to get out of her way seems really unpleasant and perhaps a bit off balance. If you choose to have that many kids, it seems to me, that you need to make a number of sacrifices--and floors that you could eat off shouldn't be higher on the list of priorities than spending time with those children. Things aren't more important than people.

yep. that too.
post #157 of 3013
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Originally Posted by lovingmommyhood View Post
Pick up six three year olds and carry them? That's a riot! I don't know about you but my three year old is only 29 lbs. and I can't carry him very far at all. If my kids are tantruming in public a lot of times I will laugh and say things like "you're welcome" or "he's just here for your listening pleasure". It's a nervous thing... like everybody is starring at me, I'm sweating... what to do? Oh I know, make light of the situation!

Would you prefer if she was all red in the face and started yelling at the kids? I think they handled it fine. FTR my three year old can walk six blocks easily and does so on a daily basis.
Perhaps she could have picked up only the ones that were bawling? Or stopped and given them a bite to eat or drink? Or empathized with them?

I understand she was nervous and embarrassed, but I don't think that a mother's ego and pride ought to come before the children's obvious physical discomfort. And that seems to be a *regular* scenario in this family.

I'm not sure why it's yelling vs. laughing. There's a whole lot of middle ground there that doesn't involve making fun of her kids' crying to strangers and the camera or freaking out and yelling at them.

*Her* kids were obviously having difficulty with the walk.
post #158 of 3013
I don't think the little girl at the end of the rope had comfortably fitting shoes - I wish they would have carried her at least. The rest seemed to be doing better. Alot of times with little ones if one cries, they all cry. I can't imagine trying to push them all in strollers - whew! I'm amazed they do outtings at all myself - I think my homebody ways would really win out in the face of that stress.
post #159 of 3013
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Originally Posted by 2bluefish View Post
I don't think the little girl at the end of the rope had comfortably fitting shoes - I wish they would have carried her at least. The rest seemed to be doing better. Alot of times with little ones if one cries, they all cry. I can't imagine trying to push them all in strollers - whew! I'm amazed they do outtings at all myself - I think my homebody ways would really win out in the face of that stress.
She was walking funny because she had stepped in a puddle and didn't like the feel of the water in her shoe.
post #160 of 3013
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Originally Posted by 2bluefish View Post
I don't think the little girl at the end of the rope had comfortably fitting shoes - I wish they would have carried her at least. The rest seemed to be doing better. Alot of times with little ones if one cries, they all cry. I can't imagine trying to push them all in strollers - whew! I'm amazed they do outtings at all myself - I think my homebody ways would really win out in the face of that stress.

I thought this initally as well. I actually caught it a second time as I way laying in bed trying to fall asleep and realized that she stepped in a puddle. She was saying "I want it out!!"
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