It has now come out from HollyBaby and other sources that two of the children were expelled from their private school located in Lancaster County, PA. I've known about this for a while but was hoping it wouldn't become public knowledge. I was hoping that just this once some school employee or parent of another student wouldn't sell out and further hurt these kids. I certainly wasn't going to tell. It is the kind of thing I don't normally write about because it is painful and only adds to the already-overflowing heap of unhappy documentation these kids are going to have to hash through over many years when they're ready to try to make sense of their childhoods. Which they most certainly eventually will.
In this previous blog post I wrote about a family dynamic known in the field of counseling as the "identified patient." At the time of that writing there was one child who was regularly singled out as being a troublemaker. We now have two more identified patients within the Gosselin family.
We are talking about six year old kids here. Flesh and blood young emotionally tender children who are still in early stages of development. They have consistently shown in many ways that they just want to be home, they want to be loved by their parents, they want to have friends, and they want to have normal fun like other kids. They are no different from kids that we all know, all have, and all were. Yet they were driven to the point where they had to have monitors with them at all times at school because of repeated incidents of acting out, and eventually they were expelled because even that wasn't enough.
No doubt this news will precipitate lots of talk about the children. Let's try to utilize the news to create a better childhood for the eight. Their father has been trying to get them off TV, they have said they don't want to do it, and they have been showing progressive signs of unhappiness and dysfunction through behavioral problems. These behavioral problems are consistent with those of other kids who have been unhappy and exploited in entertainment. Enough is enough.
Please be kind in your comments, here and on other sites. This is not something to be glib, sarcastic or speak lightly about. These kids need to have their chidhoods given back to them and they need senistivity, not avoiding feelings or the Joan Crawford approach to parenting. This is a sorry train that's now run off it's very sad tracks.
NOTE: During this discussion I will continue my policy of not printing individual children's names.