Kate Gosselin is known for her strict parenting style, and viewers got an updated look at it on the most recent Kate Plus 8 special on TLC. The sextuplets — Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah, and Joel — are now 10 years old, and older sibs Mady and Cara are 13, which means single mom Kate has her hands full as she tries to parent a house full of teens and tweens.
Check out five of Kate Gosselin’s priceless parenting tips.
Keep calm during meltdowns
Gosselin has plenty of experience with kiddie meltdowns, but as her kids get older she’s dealing with the drama of a teen temper tantrums. “I try to be calm, where I let them go crazy and then I’ll say ‘OK,'” she said. The calm approach works better for her than yelling.
Make a chore chart and expand it
The super organized mom started giving her kids “jobs” when they were tiny tots, before they were even “capable” of doing a good job. “I just encouraged them to do a good job, and the job expanded to a higher level and I expected more out of them over the years,” she said. Gosselin’s three boys even have a “man chore;” they take care of the family’s 50 chickens.
Punish your kids by taking away their “currency.”
What’s the best punishment for disobedient kids? According to Gosselin, smart parents find the one thing their kid can’t live without. “I got those girls cell phones and iPads so that I could take them away,” she revealed. “Find their currency and that is it. And that is what works for them. You get their attention because you cut them off from their friends.”
Kids want to be heard, so the busy mom of eight has found a way to get her brood to agree on family decisions. “That’s how everything goes down,” she said after a battle over the sextuplet’s birthday party theme. “I let them wear themselves out. I hear everything that they’re asking for and saying, I tell them what is possible and what it impossible, or I negotiate a solution.”
Be an example
A day trip to a sports complex was the setting for this parenting gem after Gosselin beat her daughter Mady in a game of gaga ball: “Hate away, but I have a problem with parents who let their kids win, because nobody is going to let me win,” Gosselin explained. “While I’m saying, ‘do your best, work your hardest, try your hardest,’ why I am then in a fun game, letting her win? The message carries over. Do your best, work your hardest, try your hardest and If I’m not trying my hardest, then I’m not being an example of what I’m saying.”