Jon said that his eight kids now experience ‘developmental’ issues because they grew up on reality television. HollywoodLife.com spoke to Jon EXCLUSIVELY, who defended his observations of his children. He also revealed the shocking reasons why his kids can’t make friends or relate to other children.
Jon Gosselin said in a Nov. 3 interview with Oprah Winfrey that he felt that his eight children experience problems “developmentally,” especially in terms of relating to their peers. Jon explained EXCLUSIVLEY to HollywoodLife.com that he feels his kids are “missing that piece” that allows them to relate to other kids their own age — and that it is isolating them. Jon maintained his original statements about his kids’ development, but he further explained how he notices his kids struggling.
Jon Gosselin: Reality TV Gave Kids ‘Developmental’ Problems
Jon said that while his kids’ lives may appear glamorous, being on television has taken a toll on their childhood — and they have trouble relating to kids their own age.
“That’s reality, there’s no skating the truth,” Jon told HollywoodLife.com as was reported on VH1’s Gossip Table. “That’s what it is. They react differently to their peers.”
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“They’ve always had a problem making friends with their peers. I’ve noticed in observation since they started school, TV has affected them,” Jon explained to HollywoodLife.com “They only want to talk to adults. Developmentally something is missing. Where did we go wrong integrating them into society with kids their own ages? I love my children, they’re amazing, they’re intelligent, they’re world traveled.”
Jon has observed how his kids act when he is out with them. “I want to be clear, there’s nothing wrong with them; they’re just missing that piece, that piece of childhood that every kid learns when they’re on the playground how to make friends with people their own age,” Jon clarified.
“Yes, they got to travel the world, and yes, they got these fabulous things, and yes, they have trust funds, and they’re taken care of educationally.” Jon said on OWN‘s special, Where Are They Now? “Great, but developmentally, they have problems with their peers, and they have problems with talking to other people, and they have problems with wants and needs and manners and morals and what’s right and what’s wrong. I think more so than someone who grows up off TV.”
Jon Gosselin Worries About His Kids Being Isolated
“I don’t have nannies or anything like that, so when they’re with me I integrate them into society and the rest of the world,” Jon told HollywoodLife.com about his efforts to give his kids normalcy. “If I need to go grocery shopping, they’re coming with me. Isolating them from the rest of the world, it doesn’t help them. They’re not on TV anymore, they have to figure out and develop their own individual personality and how they fit into society. I love my children.”
What do YOU think, HollyMoms? Do you think Jon has a point?
— Reporting by Chloe Melas, Written by Kristine Hope Kowalski