Forgive me, Internet, for I have sinned. It has been 34 days since my last confession.
I love Jon & Kate Plus 8. This is the reality show about the couple with a set of twins and a set of sextuplets. Before I watched it I figured that this was a show about a redneck religious family mooching off of gifts from people who think that cranking out a bunch of kids is the lord’s work.
They are indeed religious, which is why they made the choice not to reduce the number of embryos early in Kate’s pregnancy. While I find that choice to be insane, like just about everything motivated by religion, I do love watching those kids. They are just adorable.
Kate is also highly amusing. She’s bossy, controlling, and a total neat-freak, and yet she’s likeable. Jon seems completely spineless, but as you get to know him you learn that he is mostly just one of the most mellow people you’ll ever observe. They’re both intelligent and, despite some faith issues, for the most part they parent consciously. Somehow, they make their family work. When I feel overwhelmed with my one child, watching this show sometimes helps me gain some perspective. They have eight. At one point, they had two 6-year-olds and six 2-year-olds all at once. Can you imagine!
If you watch the show, tell me who reminds you most of your own child(ren). Samantha is like both Alexis, the mischievous one, and Aaden, the one they call the “professor,” not just because he wears glasses, but because he is “in his own head” so much of the time.