Reality star mama Kate Gosselin can't seem to steer clear of drama, especially in the wake of the release of Robert Hoffman's book Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World. One of the latest, most scathing stories from the book: In 2010, when Kate took her eight kiddos to Alaska for a TLC special with then-Governor Sarah Palin, her daughter Mady "absolutely did not want to go away for more filming, and especially not as far away as Alaska," reports Radar Online. She allegedly even called Jon to come pick her up, and when he did, he and Kate had a huge fight. Kate apparently "completely disregarded Jon’s concerns about Mady and blew it off by saying that Mady was just tired and she didn’t mean what she said."
After, Kate Gosselin "forced" Mady to go on the trip, and the girl's misery is "evidenced" by this photo, in which she appears to be visibly upset and crying. Oy ...
Though the fact that Kate and Jon locked horns over this is definitely upsetting, especially for the kids, the idea that we should think Kate is soooo terrible for putting her foot down with her daughter is nuts.
So what if she had made plans and expected her daughter to follow through with them? As long as a child isn't being hurt or put in harm's way, there's nothing wrong with a parent pulling what some might describe as a "power move" like this. Or more so making it clear who's calling the shots.
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There's a difference between emotionally abusing your child and simply parenting. Kids may not always want to get involved in a family activity, but they also don't always know what's best for them or their family. And sometimes, they have to learn the lesson that, sorry, all of us have to do things we don't "want" to do. That's just a part of life. And since when is throwing a tantrum something to be rewarded?
Though Hoffman may have a bevy of other stories that paint Kate in a not-so-great light as a mother, this surely isn't one of them. Maybe it's supposed to make her look like a control freak, but all it does is show that she doesn't let her kids walk all over her. And that's something to be applauded.
What would you do if your child said they didn't want to take a family trip at the last minute?
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