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Exclusive: Jon Gosselin's Life Coach Tells HollyBaby That He Really Has Changed And Wants To Be A Better Dad To His Kids

Wed, October 20, 2010 1:52pm EDT by Add first Comment

HollyMoms, we think you’ll agree that Jon Gosselin hasn’t been the best dad to his eight children with ex-wife Kate. Now, with the help of a life coach, Jon claims that he’s turned his life around and feels bad about his behavior over the past few years. Do you believe that he’s really changed?

Jon Gosselin claims to be a whole new man. He also wants to be a much better father to his eight children. Earlier this week he took to Twitter to express his concerns about his children being damaged by continuing to film Kate Plus 8 with their mom. Now a source close to Jon as well as his life coach tell that he really is a changed man. “He really had done a lot of growing,” life coach Dr. Sylvia LaFair tells us. What do you think, HollyMoms, can this leopard ever change his spots?

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A source tells that Jon “goes to Twitter because it’s the only way he can have his voice heard. He thought he was finally doing right by the kids.” Through Jon’s tweets, we now know that he believes that his kids — 10-year-old twins Cara and Madelyn and 6-year-old sextuplets Alexis, Hannah, Aaden, Collin, Leah, Joel — have developed emotional and behavioral problems as a direct result of being on TV, and that’s why he petitioned a judge to get TLC to stop filming them for his ex-wife’s reality show, Kate Plus 8. “His kids aren’t respecting authority, and that is a direct result of the show,” says the source.

Last week Jon tweeted: “Each of them has experienced negative effects of having their lives so public. Some are struggling with emotional and behavioral issues. My goal for my children is for them to have a normal childhood, and gain back their much deserved privacy.” Um, what did he think was going to happen when he agreed to allow a camera crew into his home right after the sextuplets were born?

His Twitter messages imply that Jon is only concerned with his kids and his latest move has nothing to do with that fact that he’s no longer getting a steady paycheck from TLC, unlike Kate and the kids. “This is not about money. This is about my children,” he writes. We find that a little hard to believe. What do you think, HollyMoms?

“Money comes and goes but you only have one childhood,” Jon said. That’s right Jon, your kids do only get one childhood, so why exactly did you miss giant chunks of it to go gallivanting around the globe with your much younger girlfriends, right after splitting from Kate?

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While we think it’s more than a little bit bizarre that Jon chooses to air his family’s dirty laundry on Twitter, but his life coach Dr. LaFair thinks it’s a healthy way for him to share his thoughts. “The Twitter account is his way of personally expressing himself,” she explains to”Until now, he hasn’t wanted to be in the public eye. Only now is he doing this because it’s important and he said he wants to honor his decision [to speak out].”

Dr. LaFair is quick to point out that, in her opinion, Jon really has changed for the better. “Parents are there to help their children. He sees that today’s decisions will really impact his children in future years. He has learned to see the long-term consequences of his behavior.”

So, how did he make this major life-change? According to Dr. LaFair, he completed a four-session leadership connections program. “He is not willing to be one of those parents who have teenagers that question where their parents were when they were growing up.”

Well, there you have it, HollyMoms, Jon’s taking steps in the right direction to become a better father. We just hope he’s wearing comfortable shoes because he’s still got a long way to go.

–Amy L. Harper, with reporting by Chloe Melas and Jessica Finn