English 104: Written English
Dr. Elizabeth Savage
November 20, 2008
Two Is Company, Ten Is A Crowd
The Gosselins give parents of smaller families a boost of confidence. Despite the fact that no two days is ever the same, come what may, they are always able to make the best of every situation. They are the first to admit that they aren’t perfect. They project to other parents that while they may have been dealt a hand that they weren’t ready for, it’s theirs and they have no choice but to embrace it by doing what’s best for their family. Both Jon and Kate had upbringings that weren’t the most ideal for them. This has inspired them to make their children’s lives more enjoyable. Kate has stated that she wants her children to have opportunities that she never had. New parents that did not have the perfect childhood have the opportunity to see first-hand, family life in a different perspective. With child abuse and neglect prevalent in our society, reality shows like Jon and Kate plus Eight might serve as a learning tool for parents who lack proper parenting skills.
Jon and Kate plus Eight proves that there are still families in today’s society that consider family an important value. It’s rare to see a family these days that sit down at a table together to eat dinner or take family vacations. Many families have lost what it is to actually be a family. Jon and Kate Gosselin have shown viewers that the togetherness and support of family can still be present, even with eight children.