For such a supposedly private guy, Jon Gosselin can't seem to stay out of the news lately. First, he told Entertainment Tonight how he works as a waiter at a local cafe. Then he shot at a photographer. Now he decided tell Oprah Winfrey (and thus the world) about his non-existent relationship with his ex-wife, Kate. Despite the fact that the two share custody of their eight children, Jon says he hardly has any communication with Kate at all. He told Oprah:
I don't really know what goes on in Kate's house, and she really doesn't know what goes on in my house. There is no cooperation.
And yikes, that's not the end of it!
He also revealed on Oprah's Next Chapter that he and Kate have completely opposite parenting styles, saying:
We're just moving in totally different directions, just totally not on the same page at all about anything ... We have two different totally parenting styles, two different totally everythings. Which is a shame. Because it affects me. But it really affects my children.
Hmm. Let me guess. Their different parenting styles might include Jon being totally cool with having a gun around the kids, and Kate not so cool with it? And then there's Jon not paying any child support. Even a cursory glance at their old reality show would have told you that Jon was the lax one; Kate the taskmaster.
While I think it's great that these two, who seem so polar opposite it's astonishing they ever managed to procreate in the first place, still both have relationships with their kids -- and Kate says she is adamant about "fostering" the children's relationship with Jon -- wouldn't it be awesome if they could reach a point of being consistent with each other in their parenting styles?
Above all things, kids crave stability, consistency, routine, and a sense of safety. Jon even said their different styles were affecting the kids.
These two have gone through so much together and the divorce was fairly bitter. Still, it does seem like they at least agree that they love their kids and are able to be civil with each other -- at least by text message, which is apparently the only way they communicate.
But wouldn't it be something if they could learn to put their differences aside, and come together and have their kids at least see them in the same room together occasionally?
Do you think these two will ever be on the same page?
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