Exclusive! Jon Gosselin Joins Leadership Program To Be Better Dad –Takes Kids To Private Retreat On Father's Day!

Mon, June 21, 2010 2:04pm EST by 9 Comments



BFFs, Jon G is working to turn his life around! The dad of eight has joined a leadership program at a private Pennsylvania retreat so he can become a better dad.

Jon Gosselin wants to be the best father possible to his eight little Gosselins. The reality TV dad is tired of people making him out to be an unemployed deadbeat dad and he’s decided to take control of his life.

We just discovered that Jon took his children to The Country Place Retreat in White Haven, PA for Father’s Day — the same place where he is seeking personal and relationship guidance. We spoke with the owner and founder Dr. Sylvia Lafair who is Jon’s leadership coach, and she tells us Jon is very serious about getting his life in order.

“Jon is really redesigning his life in a very positive way,” says Sylvia. “He has really decided to look deeply inside him and reinvent who he is.”

Jon has been painted as a father who doesn’t see his children and is solely focused on chasing women. But Dr. Lafair tells HollywoodLife.com that she’s known Jon for over a year, and this time something is different.

“I knew him when he and Kate were going through their difficult times and we connected,” she says. “I’ve been doing this, Total Leadership Connections program for over 15 years and we’ve held about 40 of these leadership retreats. Jon decided to join to hone his skills to be a better leader in his family and with his kids. He wants to take a step so he can be a representative of men who are divorced or newly divorced.”

Jon spent Father’s Day with his eight kids and his new girlfriend Ellen Ross — Sylvia tells us that it was a “beautiful day” and exactly what the kids needed.

“He came up here with the kids and Ellen to spend the day,” says Sylvia. “The retreat was closed this weekend so it was private. Jon just wanted to be with the kids where they could be free and play and be in nature. Where they could run around with their dad.”

The kids spent the day playing playing games on the 450 acres of “rolling woodlands and meadows” with Jon and Ellen. Dr. Lafair tells us that despite reports, Ellen is a good influence on the kids.

“They went out on the paddle boat and we did some scavenger hunts,” says Sylvia. “Ellen is also very understated, she doesn’t make any demands. She is excellent with the kids.”

It sounds like things are really looking up for Jon. We’re really glad to hear he is making such an effort to be the best dad possible to those adorable little Gosselins.

-Chloe Melas

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Posted at 6:18 AM on June 23, 2010  

I don’t believe anything Jon says. Who cares where Jon goes. I am a Licenced Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and I work in law enforcement. Nine times out of ten if someone repeats the same behavior, you can bet your bottom dollar it is inevitable that it will be repeated. Let’s see…. Jon is a liar, thief, passive-aggressive and CANNOT be trusted. Why does the public have to know about something so private? This is definitely a repeat of last year’s Rabbi Schumley’s episode with Jon.

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Posted at 9:31 PM on June 22, 2010  

Good for Jon. Notice that when Jon “Seeks” help and tries to improve himself, the “haters” hate on him. LOL

Why? BECAUSE KATE refuses to seep any help and she they believe Kate is PERFECT in every way.

Lets not forget that Kate refused Marriage counseling. And it was Kate that broke it off with Jon on Oct 2008. WAY BEFORE the “Scandal” wink wink, broke out.

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Posted at 1:33 PM on June 22, 2010  

Just another stunt of Jon’s …like remember when he met with the rabbi last year and supposedly wanted advice for being a good father? And after his personal sessions with the great rabbi Jon came out and said he was converting to Judism and he was going to be a responsible father. Nothing changed…he continued to chase 20 yr. olds and is still doing the same crap now. If this was so private…why put it out in the media?

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Posted at 9:19 AM on June 22, 2010  

I checked out the website and it is a PRIVATE RETREAT, the paparazzi were probably in the woods and what is wrong about bringing along his girlfried. I believe he is making a positive change. Kate is just playing the victim!

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Posted at 8:40 AM on June 22, 2010  

Jon Gosselin needs to quit. He continues to think that this is a contest. Whe is he going to learn that he should be thinking about the kids. This is yet another trick to try and fool fans into thinking he has changed. Jon is a Manipulator. No more and no less. Jon won’t be happy until he tears these kids apart. Jon stop trying to get back on tv. You know not the truth.

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Posted at 8:13 AM on June 22, 2010  

If this is private property, how are there pictures of him, Ellen & the kids being shown on the internet? Jon’s latest effort would be more credible if he actually conducted it in private.

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Posted at 12:14 AM on June 22, 2010  

He’s REALLY focusing on the kids…By bringing his “girlfriend” ?!? (2) comments: She look ugly and he will ALWAYS be a douchebag! If he were my neighbor, I’d kick his ass just to watch him baby cry!

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Posted at 9:02 PM on June 21, 2010  

Looks like an amazing place, that leadership program must be working for him!!!

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Posted at 3:28 PM on June 21, 2010  

Goood JON!!!! U deserve better :)

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