Parenting Advice from Kate of 'Jon & Kate Plus 8'
By Dena Ross
You'd probably recognize Kate Gosselin more easily if you saw her surrounded by her gaggle of children than by herself. She's the Kate in TLC's hit reality show, "Jon & Kate Plus 8," which follows Kate and her husband, Jon, through the joys and struggles of raising their eight children—8-year-old twins Cara and Mady and 4-year-old sextuplets Leah, Hannah, Alexis, Aaden, Collin, and Joel—all of whom were conceived through Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), a form of infertility treatment.
While the Gosselins and another popular TV family, "The Duggers" (an Arkansas family with 18 children) have been in the media spotlight over the past few years, another mother of multiples has recently become the focus of our attention--Nadya Suleman, a single woman who recently gave birth to octuplets via in vitro and who already has six other children besides (also conceived via in vitro). Many media outlets have reached out to Gosselin, coauthor of the recently released "Multiple Blessings," for comment on Suleman's decision. Shortly before Suleman's rise to fame, Gosselin spoke with Beliefnet. In this interview, she talks about raising a large family on a budget, how she deals with sibling rivalry, and the one thing she's dreading about her children getting older.
Dena Ross is the Entertainment Editor of Beliefnet.