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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Jon & Kate vs. Supernanny

Tonight I caught another episode of JON & KATE PLUS EIGHT. This was the episode that covered her tummy tuck which was donated by a plastic surgeon, Dr. Glassman, of Nyack, NY. His wife had been watching an earlier episode and saw Kate's belly after the birth of the sextuplets. She asked her husband if he would perform a tummy tuck, which he agreed to do.

Before the surgery, Kate shopped for and cooked 14 meals and packed bags for the children who were going to be with various friends. Not only did he perform the surgery, but, after Kate and Jon spent a few days in a hotel room to recover from the surgery, Dr. Glassman and his wife opened their home to Kate when Jon had to leave to return to work and the children. If I were ever brave enough to want plastic surgery, I would want this doctor to do it. He sounds like a good man.

I hadn't realized this show was on tonight, so before I found it, I caught part of an episode of SUPERNANNY. I was struck by the differences between these two shows. On SUPERNANNY, the parents cannot control only two children. Of course, we know these problems didn't develop overnight, the discipline was missing from day one. On JON & KATE PLUS EIGHT, even though there are eight children, Kate or Jon is always in control, and for the most part, the children are smiling and happy. They will never need the services of the SUPERNANNY. Maybe some other families can take lessons from Jon & Kate.

What is it that makes some parents able to discipline their children and others just can't. Maybe it's because Jon & Kate had to work so hard to have their children that they appreciate them and want to spend as much time as possible with them.

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