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Kate Gosselin Defends Spanking Her Daughter

Kate Gosselin Defends Spanking Her Daughter

While outside watching her kids, Kate Gosselin publicly spanked her daughter Leah, one of the sextuplets, around 11AM on Saturday (June 13).

Leah was blowing a whistle loudly and Kate told her to stop because she was on the phone. But as soon as Leah blew on the whistle again, Kate said, “Did you not hear me?” Then she stormed over to her daughter, grabbed her and hit her. “The girl was screaming and crying,” a witness reveals to In Touch. “Kate just pushed her away and walked off with her coffee. Her older sisters were trying to make Leah feel better.”

In response to the incident, the Jon & Kate Plus 8 mom tells released a statement through her reps to Life & Style: “Whether the paparazzi are there or not, I am a mother first. I love my children and when they misbehave, I discipline them as I deem appropriate for the situation.”

As for ratings for J&K+8, Monday‘s show was only seen by 2.9 million viewers, down 31% from last week.

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# 1

So tired of this trainwreck…I am a “FORMER” viewer and cannot stand this woman.

# 2
spank 'em! @ 06/17/2009 at 12:55 pm

When kids don’t behave, they need to be spanked. I’m not a fan of this show or Kate, not by a long shot, but I hope people don’t give her trouble for this.

# 3

oh an eyewitness? I hate Kate to but this may be innocent. Maybe the kid was having a fit and she grabbed her shoulders to calm her down. And so what if she spanked the kid she should of done it to Madelyn sooner.

# 4

We knew this type of anger was going to bust through in her “discipline” eventually. These poor kids have to live with this maniac; I pray they will be OK.
The look on Leah’s face is heartbreaking.
The look on Kate’s face is terrifying.

# 5

the kid was prob crying more cause she was throwing a tantrum than anything else.

# 6

thats normal who doesn’t spank their kids?

# 7

If she felt that was the appropriate discipline method then I don’t have a problem with it. It’s a way to get the kids “attention” that Kate meant what she said for her to stop.

# 8

Leah was screaming because Kate was using her fist! Go look at the pictures and enlarge them. This was not a spanking!

# 9

Spare the rod and spoil the child

Oh gosh. Every kid needs a spanking or else they will never learn. It’s called Discipline.
It’s a shame that in today you can get in trouble for showing your child discipline. There is a fine line between abusive and just teaching them a lesson.

Mother gave child a warning, child didn’t pay attention, child got a spanking. Better than parents saying, “I’m going to count to Five. 5,4,3, 3 1/2,,2,2 1/2, 1, 1/2″ and then the child stops. Deal with the issue at hand, swiftly and in the moment. If Kate removed the child from the situation, DCF would be called because she left the other 7 “alone”.

It’s a telling sign when your own husband says to one of the OCC guys that “you could be my bodyguard”, refering to Steve on last week’s show. I think this is what started all the mess when Jon put one and one together and confronted Kate then the start of the downfall. Was a fan but are totally turned off from a all American family to a total meltdown. Wish the best for the children.

I’m a mom. I spank on the bum too – not often, but i do it. Get over it America. Good for Kate for not pretending to be sorry for it and allowing people to suggest she’s a bad mother.

JEEZ. It’s a NORMAL thing to spank your children if they really need to be disciplined.

In other words Kate, “if I want to beat my child for blowing a whistle outside, I’ll damn well do it. If I beat my child, it’s none of your business.”

Kate put your damned phone down, get up and take away the whistle! Problem solved.

Discipline comes from “teach” not “hit”.

I don’t know this woman (never watch those shows). But spanking a kid for a reason is NOT a crime. Some discipline has never hurt anyone. And when you have 8 kids, well, best be firm and clear. She did the right thing.

@Skye: I thought it was a fist too, but it’s really just a hand in motion.

She’s a horrible mother, what does she excpect from her kids? Let them be kids for gods sake :S

Kids doo whissel , kids doo play, kids are sometimes annoying.. They are NOT roborts.

I feel sorry for her children, because she is really taking away their childhood, since she doesn’t let them play or be them selfs.

Anyway I dont liker her, and I think her husband (?) needs to stand up and take some responsibity, now she is both the father and the mother its seems like.

Btw how did all of the kids got brown eyes, because the dad got Green eyes and the mom Blue? :S

NO, it is a fist. Protecting her manicure probably!

Hit = Spank, in the 2nd paragraph right?

Can’t wait to see them on My Super Sweet 16 wanting it all! That is…. unless their fame dwindles and they become forgotten like Elian Gonzales

OMG this family is going crazy!

LolaSvelt @ 06/17/2009 at 1:12 pm

So glad this woman is getting slaughtered by the press, but I’d rather she disappeared.

That is the problem with the world today….to many people butting into the way one raises THEIR own child. I have spanked my children if I saw that it was deemed fit…I was spanked and so was 90% of the people who grew up in the 70s along with me! Everyone tells you not to discipline your children in this matter…well, taking away things and time out doesnt always work with every child. BUT you can guarantee that if your child acts up in public or becomes a menace these will be the same people to complain about how they were raised. She isnt beating her child….she was spanked…THERE IS A DIFFERENCE. If you dont like the show…DONT WATCH.

Well, good for her! I don’t like this Kate, however, there is NOTHING wrong with spanking a child. If more parents went back to that method, I think we would have far fewer mis-behaved children and sometimes that is the only thing that will work.
One time when I was baby sitting my 3 year old granddaughter. While she was watching a movie, I was crocheting. When I went to the kitchen to get something, she took them off my work area. I told her to not touch the scissors, they were dangerous and she was to not do it again. After she did it 2 more times, I slapped her hands. She was appalled and cried for a long time. I don’t believe there was any other way she would have stopped. I do NOT advocate hitting or spanking on a regular basis, but sometimes it must be done.

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