I’ve mentioned the stats before- the divorce rate among parents of multiples is twice that of singleton parents (or parents with children of various ages). It’s hard enough to keep a family together (multiple or otherwise) without the world scrutinizing your every move.
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I know the world is abuzz with Jon & Kate mania today. I didn’t want to add my two cents in to the mix, but I just watched “The Announcement” and it broke my heart
I’ve watched their show sporadically for a few years. It was amazing and enthralling to see a family survive in the midst of that chaos, despite craft services catering and financial gains. I’ve always been a little torn by them – I give them credit for finding a way to pay for their family, but I question keeping kids in the spotlight like that. I don’t criticize their decision to carry 6 babies through pregnancy, or for using fertility aid. To each their own…
But to see a family fall apart in front of millions… It’s not fair. They made their bed, I know, but would it be so much to ask TLC to just turn off the cameras? Break the contract. Pay the family out their remaining royalties, etc. They’ve made millions for your network. Walk away.
To see two people separated, their feelings edited and their children caught in the midst of a tabloid whirlwind is sickening. I don’t care if they are celebrities. I felt the same way when Britney lost it. Turn off the cameras. Find some thread of decency in your corporate-bank-account driven priorities.
**Let me just acknowledge right now that I am a full-fledged celebrity gossip junkie. I worship Perez Hilton. But I draw a line at families and children, regardless of their proximity to the storm. I love watching a train-wreck in action, but there is a point where it is too much information and interest becomes a sick obsession. Give me all the “who was drunk last night” but leave the personal struggles behind closed doors.
I wish that everyone involved would just swallow their pride and walk away. Let the family focus on themselves, alone without the world watching. Cut your losses. It’s hard enough to keep a marriage alive today. Don’t make matters worse for yourself.
People have asked me many times if I plan to find an agent for my children. My answer is a resounding NO. Yes, they are beautiful, but I am selfish. They have amazing blue eyes and sweet smiles. They are identical and intriguing. But they are mine. They do not belong to the world, and as long as they are mine, I will keep them safe and warm and far from the public eye. I don’t want them to be the bread-winners for our family. Call me a traditionalist, but I believe in the parents supporting the children. I want them to take dance and piano lessons, go to kindergarten in a small town school, go skiing with us in the winters and rise to their fullest potential because of the wonderful children that they are.
Sorry for the tirade. It just breaks my heart to see a family put through this for the benefit of all those people who corner me at Walmart to touch my twins. There is a surprising lack of tact and respect for personal space and privacy these days.
I’ll get off my soapbox now