Monday, August 20, 2012, 9:30 PM, Practice Makes Perfect

Gil and Kelly Jo have 19 very well behaved children, but that didn't just happen overnight. Watch and learn some Bates Basics as we see all the training that goes into making this large family a little more manageable in public.

30 minutes

7 comments:

Seriously? said...

Oh, lord: no more blanket training or "J.O.Y.", I beg of thee, TLC. Pass the Pepto....

TLC, the Duggars, the Bates, and Gothard obviously confuse "well behaved" with totally indoctrinated never to think, never to question. And we're supposed to be impressed in a good way about this????

Nancy said...

Oops. I thought the post for next week was this week's entry. I'll let my posts stand there, since there's really not a lot of difference, other than this episode focuses more on chore training vs. manners.

Still can't get over how Gil admitted he's training his kids like horses. However, I'll forgive him only because those letters were heartfelt and 7 years ago, none of his boys would have been old enough to (legally) work in a tree removal business.

imaamy said...

I missed the first episodes but I'm watching the one about chores now and those are some good looking kids! The girls all are very southern cute but every one of the kids is nice looking.

mk said...

I didn't see the training as mindless indoctrination...I found it refreshing that they actually are conscious of their potential impact on others in public places, unlike a certain other 21-member family we know. ;) My parents were very strict about table manners, especially in public, and there were only two of us. I think it's even more important with a large family that has the capacity to make a lot more noise!

I also wanted to note that I like how the boys and girls seem to participate equally in housework.

And Gil's letters were so heartfelt. He has always seemed to me, regardless of my opinions on his views or lifestyle, to be a tender and genuine man.

beef said...

I didn't think it was that bad. I liked the way they practiced table manners and then took the kids out for ice cream to test it out. The older kids seem a little robotic, ala the Duggars, but the younger ones appear to be very happy and well-mannered. They all seem to really like each other. Maybe it's editing but they are leaps and bounds more affectionate and "real" with one another. I really don't know why I like to watch these shows but I definitely would prefer the Bates over the Duggars any day.

Alberta Rose said...

I'm going to change up how I tell my son how to do things. I like "Do it joyfully, do it quickly and do it thoroughly" better then "Don't be sulky, do be prompt and do it right the first time". As for Gil and leaving for work, my son FINALLY understands why I insist he comes home before I leave for work in the evening.

Anonymous said...

The Bates way is a lot better than the screaming and slapping I got all the time as a kid. My parents would tell us to do something but never make it clear what they meant (does clean the kitchen mean do the dishes or clean the whole kitchen??) and if we didn't do it right -- smack!

June