Kate shocked the world when she snapped at her 13-year-old twins during an uncomfortable tell-all interview on the ‘Today’ show. Kate may have been embarrassed by her kids’ awkward silence on the show, but she should have responded by reassuring them, not reprimanding them, child psychologist Dr. David Gottesfeld tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
Kate Gosselin brought twins Mady and Cara, 13, on the Today show so they could tell the world how well-adjusted they are, but the whole thing blew up in Kate’s face when the girls fell silent and didn’t stick to the script. Unfortunately Kate handled the situation in the worst possible way. “A parent’s job is to protect their child,” not to “pressure” them, Dr. David Gottesfeld, a clinical psychologist for children and adolescents, tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY.
Kate Gosselin’s Daughters On ‘Today’ Show — She Didn’t ‘Protect’ Them
Kate’s parenting priorities seemed totally out of whack during the interview.
“The girls were clearly nervous, it seemed as though they forgot what they were supposed to say. But a parent’s job is to protect their child and if your child is on TV and uncomfortable then she should have assured them or stopped the interview,” Dr. Gottesfeld says. “Mom had an agenda to get her message across and she was using her kids to do that.”
And when the girls didn’t meet Kate’s expectations, she made things even worse for them.
“If this was a normal situation, what you do is reassure them or take the pressure off them but Kate kept pushing them to say what had been practiced,” Dr. Gottesfeld says. “As 13-year-old kids, they’re in a bind there — on one hand they want to please mom, on the other hand they might not agree with what mom is saying. You see kids who wanted to please her or unconsciously had an issue with being on there.”
Jon Gosselin: Kate Gosselin Is ‘Narcissistic’
So why did Kate drag her two young daughters in front of a national audience if they didn’t want to go? The girls’ estranged father, Jon Gosselin, attributes the decision it to Kate’s constant need for attention, which could prove very damaging for the children.
“I think it’s f—ing horrible that she’d put them in a [position] like this,” Jon said. “She put them on TV for herself. She’s narcissistic.”
Poor Mady and Cara! They must be feeling so embarrassed after this interview, and we hope their mom is comforting them now — better late than never.
HollywoodLifers, do you think Kate put too much pressure on her children on the Today show? Let us know.
— Written by Tierney McAfee, Reporting by Chloe Melas