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Kate Gosselin Defends Spanking Her Daughter

Kate Gosselin Defends Spanking Her DaughterThe Gosselins are once again at the center of the media limelight, after Kate was seen allegedly spanking one of her eight children.
In pictures obtained by In Touch Magazine, The mom of 8 is seen grabbing her daughter, Leah, by the arm and smacked her rear end before walking away from the crying child.

The photos show Kate holding her squirming child by the arm, and the next image of Leah crying and holding her rear. The photos do not actually reveal her hand touching her daughter.

According to the magazine, Leah had been asked to stop blowing a whistle and was not listening.

“The girl was screaming and crying. Kate just pushed her away and walked off with her coffee,” a witness told the magazine. “Her older sisters were trying to make Leah feel better.”

In response to the recent controversy, Gosselin is defending her actions.

“Whether the paparazzi are there or not, I am a mother first,” Gosselin told Life & Style Weekly. “I love my children and when they misbehave, I discipline them as I deem appropriate for the situation.”

As a mom, I know that it can be very frustrating when one of your children won’t listen, especially when the others kids are watching.

I guess for most people, its just uncomfortable to see someone punish their child whether they scream at them or tap them on the butt. This is something that she should have dealt with privately.

One thing that Kate needs to remember is that because she allowed cameras into her home for the last 3 years, the world is now watching all of the time – and scrutinizing everything she does.

This may be the cost of Reality TV…

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  • Who cares if someone’s watching, if she’s famous or in the public eye all the time? I’m surprised we don’t see more spankings from them – 8 kids? come on.

  • Shame on her for doing that at all. Hitting isn’t discipline, it’s punishment and bullying. Discipline teaches and there’s no need to hurt anyone to teach. Punishment gets a person back for causing displeasure. All hitting does is relieve the parent’s annoyance, it doesn’t actually teach the kid the lesson that the child is supposed to teach (unless the lesson is, “It’s okay to hurt someone when you are upset just like Mommy does”). Shame on Kate. Even preschoolers can understand the concept that it’s wrong to hit other people — she absolutely should feel badly for what she’s done, and feel in a position to have to defend herself as a mother. Hurting kids intentionally is not good parenting, no matter what the excuse for the assault is.

  • Good for you, Kate to do the right thing and properly, not abusively, spank your daughter. Let the naysayers who want to let children run wild only to find out later that the children will tell them one day, “Why did you not discipline me so I would have learned to behave early instead of finding you the hard way if you act up you get in trouble.”

    Very good of you to be brave and raise your daughter right.

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