A six-year-old’s solution

by Janice

I love watching Jon and Kate Plus Eight with Jackson. I figure if he sees the chaos and stress going on in their household, that maybe, in comparison, the chaos and stress of life with a work-at-home-mom might not look so bad. (That is not to say that I don’t think they are doing a fabulous job raising all those kids! I think they are awesome and I love how committed and loving they are to each other despite how exhausting their lives must be.)

Jackson loves to watch it too, so tonight we popped some popcorn and settled in to watch some episodes I taped.

At one point when Kate was visibly stressed, I said, “That must be really stressful. Mommy and Daddy get stressed out with just two kids – it must be really stressful having eight!”

Jackson calmly replied, “I could do it. I wouldn’t get stressed. I would just do Karate moves on them if they weren’t listening.”

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1 BunchaBlueEyedMonkeys April 28, 2008 at 12:12 am

That might just work! I’ll let you know…



2 Alicia April 28, 2008 at 12:18 am



3 that girl April 28, 2008 at 12:31 am

I think Kate probably has a few kung-fu moves up her sleeve!


4 Allison April 28, 2008 at 12:50 am

Aw, what a cute response! Gotta love the way that children think.

And, hey? A karate response might be the right way sometimes! Haha!


5 Smellyann April 28, 2008 at 12:56 am

Ahhh, so that’s what I’m doing wrong!


6 Jen April 28, 2008 at 12:57 am

Love it! LOL!

That is my fave show!


7 His Girl Amber April 28, 2008 at 2:23 am

From the mouths of babes!

Funny, funny stuff!


8 Jennifer, Snapshot April 28, 2008 at 6:58 am

Oh–so Karate is the secret, huh? I guess I’ll have to learn some moves!

What a great idea to watch it together and take the teachable moments about how life has changed with a baby in the house.

Smart mama!


9 Nodinsnest April 28, 2008 at 8:20 am

So true, if it were only so simple!


10 D April 28, 2008 at 8:27 am

I love that show. Even when they’re stressed I think they handle things well.


11 Gina April 28, 2008 at 9:50 am

That is to great! What a funny boy!


12 Amber Stevens April 28, 2008 at 11:19 am

That is too funny! I love Jon and Kate Plus 8, too! And they are Believers!


13 Veggiemomof2 April 28, 2008 at 11:28 am

Hmmm Kate does use Kung-Fu, but usually on Jon! LOL


14 Katrina (Callapidder Days) April 28, 2008 at 11:30 am

That is too cute. Love it!


15 halfmoon girl April 28, 2008 at 11:53 am

I loved that. Sometimes I go into another (empty) room and do karate chops in the air to relieve frustration, but I have yet to do it on my children!


16 Stephanie April 28, 2008 at 3:35 pm

Hilarious! Thanks for the parenting “tip,” Jackson!


17 Delightfully Mom April 28, 2008 at 3:47 pm

I love that show. That is too funny Jackson!


18 annaliza April 28, 2008 at 4:17 pm

hahah! that’s too cute! i love kid’s simple reactions and solutions!


19 Money4Mom April 28, 2008 at 7:51 pm

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20 nell April 28, 2008 at 10:57 pm

I adore that family! I’ll be so sad when it goes off the air. They are the most fun family to watch. I loved Jackson’s reply to all the choas! LOL


21 Erika Cass Designs May 1, 2008 at 7:41 pm

LOL! Too cute. :o)
Jon & Kate + 8 is one of my fave shows too. I thought it was hard with twins! LOL!


22 Hazel June 9, 2008 at 9:17 pm

I’m a grandma and I’d love to be in the middle of that gang. Do Jon and Kate have paents who help?


23 Hazel June 9, 2008 at 9:18 pm

I’m a grandma and I’d love to be in the middle of that gang. Do Jon and Kate have parents who help?


24 Hazel June 9, 2008 at 9:20 pm

Do Jon and Kate have parents who help? As a grandma, it would be a hoot to be there.


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