I think many of these families exploit their kids, and would NOT turn down any help as they WANT the attention, and the free stuff. The Iowa Septuplets, were born to nice parents, BUT they did get a new house, Provided by the city where they live from materials to construction all donated, the church family provided the in home help, WHICH we admit anybody would need help with that many babies around the clock. They also got free college educations at birth for all seven. NO qualifiying there, just given to them. A big 15 passenger van , that was for at least 3 years,I think.BUT the father quit his job, and then months later became a so called professional speaker, and talkes to groups about raising multiples. IN addition, the state picked up their medical bills from birth on. His work provided their insurance, but remember he quit as he was now a expert on something . Also, they have a contract with Journal magazine, where they do Christmas issues, and I don't know what else for so many more years yet to come. Read a big article in the Des Moines paper, where they were offered many contract with many companies for the pics, they picked the one they wanted. Also got free baby food, from Gerber for a couple of years, Diapers for two years, clothes from Carter for two years and the list goes on and on. IT makes me angry, that YES THEY almost all took fertility drugs, and chose this life for themselves, and then expect everybody to be amazed and wowed. I have 5 kids, never had anything free, esp. college educations they did not have to earn, and I LOVE them every bit as much as the parents of multiples, and wishe they could have had all the things provided to the parents of these MEDICAL WONDERS> IF they were natural, and truly extraordinary, that might be different. They did a documentary a few years back about which parents and what number of babies it took to get FREE RIDE. At that time, quads were no longer in demand, and there was one set of black quads, that had never been offered anything, used own health ins, from job, moved back to small apartment, had to apply for food stamps or something. It did not necesarrily inspire pity in me for them, as WHY , should people expect us to pick up the tab for their kids, but it did illustrate that the criteria stinks. Sorry pet peeve of mine. But it does not extend to just the parents of multiples, goes for the single moms, who never marry, yet have kid after kid, and milk the system for all the free stuff, Wick, Medicaid, FoOd stamps, HUD, etc. My niece fits here with three of her own, and told me recently that she would work a few more hours a week, but then they would take more of her money towards HUD and give her less Food stamps, etc, and I just looked at her and said WELCOME TO THE REAL WORLD
As for Jon and KAte, makes you wonder how long this will last. MYfavorite, the time the wife of plastic surgeon, got her husband to donate free surgery, and then the make over. PLUS they are making a fortune on each episode, as they each get a salary for each of them for each episode. Wonder how much is being banked for each of the kids . I watched the one at the grocery where she spends $600 or so week.ly on ALL HEALTHY NATURAL food, no frozen, or processed for HER kids, and thought if you were not on TV then you sure would not have that choice, as his job does not provide that kind of money. There was another about the kids where Dad lost his job andhealth ins, andhad to rush to have surgery done on two of the kids the day before. And on the other hand, once they quit being a cute age, they seem to fall off the face of the earth and all the free stuff ends, so don't know if the kids are prepared for that psychologically or not. OH well, enough of my griping.