She's baaaaack! Kate Gosselin is returning to television next month with a TV special on TLC, featuring her eight kids. And she's already doling out her special brand of parenting advice. Want to keep your teenagers in line?
Kate has a special way to torture them with technology and destroy their trust in you in one fell swoop!
In the first clip from the Kate Plus 8 special that airs June 25 on TLC, Kate is seen punishing one of her 13-year-old twins for being disrespectful by taking the girl's iPhone. As she explains:
I got those girls cellphones and iPads, so I could take them away ... I've learned I'm not the only parent of teens who has discovered that little gem.
It's, well, it's an interesting tactic?
Folks, we all know kids need to be disciplined when they are being disrespectful, because if you don't nip it in the bud at home, it will leak out into the public. Kids test their parents' limits, and we need to set up boundaries and stick to them. It's GOOD to see Kate disciplining her kids without resorting to violence ('memba the wooden spoon incident?).
That said, it seems a little odd to specifically buy something nice for your child with the intention of using it to punish them. For lack of a better word, it seems ... untrustworthy?
It sounds like a Trojan Horse of parenting ... here kid, here's a gift, now I can use it to destroy you!
Now, to be clear, that doesn't mean you shouldn't put limits on the use of gadgets because they are, after all, a privilege. But we are supposed to buy presents for our kids out of the goodness of our hearts, not with an ulterior motive! That's part of showing love and respect for our kids.
And we all know respect is a two-way street.
What do you think of Kate's devious parenting plan? Clever or cruel?
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