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Kelly Clarkson: Yes, I Spank My Kids!

SIGH.

Kelly Clarkson is once again on the receiving end of some serious mommy-shaming.

This time, however, we can at least understand where certain critics are coming from.

Back in April of last year, Clarkson actually received flak for giving her toddler Nutella, which was simply ridiculous.

And cruel.

And misguided.

And very unfair.

On Tuesday, though, the original American Idol champion conducted a radio interview with 98.9 The Buzz in Rochester, New York and went into surprising detail about how she sometimes disciplines her kids.

“I’m not above a spanking, which people aren’t necessarily into,” the singer said, referring to how she occasionally interacts with her three-year old and one-year old.

Aware that there’s some controversy surrounding this type of punishment, Clarkson added:

“I don’t mean hitting her hard. I just mean a spanking.”

The artist went on to say that she’s a product of spanking herself. This is how she was raised.’

“My parents spanked me, and I did fine in life, and I feel fine about it, and I do that as well,” Clarkson said, explaining:

“That’s a tricky thing, when you’re out in public, because then people are like, they think that’s wrong or something, but I find nothing wrong with a spanking.”

As you might expect, this point of view did not go over with some trolls on the Internet.

They called Clarkson out for being unnecessarily violent with her kids.

Is a discussion over spanking better than a discussion over Nutella? Absolutely.

But we still have no idea what Kelly means by this exactly, and it’s very safe to assume she takes it easy on her children.

“I warn her,” Clarkson said of disciplining her three-year-old daughter, River Rose, with spanking.

“I’m like, ‘Hi, I’m going to spank you on your bottom if you don’t stop right now, this is ridiculous,’ and honestly it’s really helped. She doesn’t do that kind of stuff as often.”

There you have it.

Granted, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that parents “do not spank or use other physical punishments” when disciplining children in a statement on their website.

This says the act “only teaches aggressive behavior, and becomes ineffective if used often.”

For this reason, a few Facebook followers lashed out at Clarkson in response to her post.

“Wish she would do some research making public ignorant comments. Spanking teaches violence,” wrote one individual, while another added:

“I never spanked my kids. I think it’s lazy parenting.”

Thankfully, others came to Clarkson’s defense.

“Good for her! Glad there are still parents out there that set limits for their kids and give consequences when needed,” replied one person, continuing:

“There is a difference between abuse and punishing out of love not anger. Spanking in a controlled manner and with loving correction can be a very good thing.”

For whatever reason, Clarkson has often been the subject of online vitriol.

But if you dish it out, you better be able to take it.

Because Clarkson has made it clear she’s not afraid of fighting back.

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Jessa Duggar Stuns Fans: My Kids Are Growing Up SO Fast!

It seems not a month goes by that without some news of another Duggar birth or pregnancy.

At this point, Jim Bob and Michelle have so many grandkids it can be a struggle to keep them all straight.

Fortunately, it doesn’t seem as though the kids are wanting for attention.

In addition to the love of their parents, the new generation of Duggars enjoys the affection of an army of aunts and uncles, as well as millions of fans all over the world.

So when a milestone is reached, the occasion is celebrated not only by the family but by the entirety of Duggar Nation.

And lately, there’s been so much cause for celebration coming from the Seewald household that it’s been difficult to keep up with it all.

Jessa Duggar and her husband, Ben Seewald, are parents to 2-year-old Spurgeon and 11-month-old Henry.

Needless to say, it’s a hectic home, and quite understandably, Jessa’s house is often a mess.

By while the mother of two has been applauded for sharing candid photos of cluttered abode, it’s the achievements of her two boys that really win fans’ hearts:

This week saw a handful of memorable moments, as Henry (above) stood on his own for the first time.

Jessa shared photos from the big day and noted that it took place shortly after Spurgeon turned two:

“We had a fun time celebrating Spurgeon’s birthday yesterday. We’re so grateful to God for this sweet little boy,” Jessa wrote on Instagram.

“It has been such a joy to watch him grow and learn this past year. Can’t believe he’s already 2 years old!”

Of course, they call ‘em the terrible twos for a reason, and it seems Jessa has already come to accept that she’ll need to take the good with the bad:

Jessa posted the above video to Instagram earlier today along with the following explanation:

“Henry tried to break apart Spurgeon’s car tracks, so big bro shouted ‘Noooo!’ Baby replied with, what sounded like, “Yeaaah!” So big bro hovered over his tracks in a protective manner and said ‘Nooo!’ again.

“Ha! And so it continued. The toddler was distraught, and the baby didn’t have clue. #FirstVerbalArgument”

It’s a good thing that Jessa has a sense of humor about moments like these.

She’s sure to experience many more of them in the years to come.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most controversial family.

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Kate Gosselin: Going Broke? On Verge of Losing Kids?

According to a new report, Kate Gosselin is not enjoying a very merry Christmas.

And she may have an even worse new year.

The mother of eight (that’s still so very hard to believe… she’s a mother of EIGHT!) is allegedly suffering through some pretty severe financial hardships.

She somehow managed to convince TLC to air a new season of Kate Plus 8 this past year, but only three episodes aired over the summer.

Moreover, Gosselin does not have anywhere near the clout she once possessed.

Ratings haven’t been strong for that program for years now, meaning she couldn’t command a very high salary during recent negotiations.

Those three episodes didn’t yield Gosselin much in the way of revenue – and there are no plans, as far as we know, for any more to hit the air.

Don’t just take our word for these issues, however.

Their parents may suck, but these kids are adorable. We pray for their future.

This is what an insider recently told Life & Style:

“Kate no longer has the income she once had from the show. The money is running out fast …. Private school alone costs about $ 150,000 a year.”

Seriously, simply raising eight kids is a very expensive endeavor.

Many fans of the reality star likely aren’t even aware that Gosselin used to work as a nurse.

This has the potential to be a highly-paid occupation, but there’s one problem:

“She’s let her nursing license lapse,” the aforementioned source explains. “And she hasn’t been a nurse in so long anyway.

Not having enough money to afford basic needs for her kids is one thing; but Gosselin also now fears that her monetary situation will open the door to her actually losing her kids.

“That’s Kate’s biggest fear,” the unnamed insider alleges. “She dreads Jon will have more say and possibly even more custody which she’s fought nonstop to keep from him.”

Annoying ex-husband Jon is reportedly ready to pounce.

Said someone with knowledge of the circumstances to Hollywood Life in November:

“Jon’s one and only goal in life right now is getting more time with his kids. He’s doing everything he can to win their next custody battle.”

Indeed, things may soon get very explosive between the Gosselins.

It’s not as though they’re known for resolving disputes in an amicable and peaceful manner regardless of what’s at stake.

So you can imagine how ugly it may get when the future of their sons and daughters are up for legal debate.

Earlier this year, Jon took an IT job. He now has a steady flow of income.

Combined with Kate going in the opposite financial direction, the estranged former spouses may find themselves standing across from a judge at some point in the near future.

And, as previously reported, Jon will stop at nothing to crush his ex in court.

Buckle up, celebrity gossip fans.

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Derick Dillard: My Kids Don’t Need Picture Books, They Need Jesus!

As we all know, Derick Dillard considers allowing trans kids to be themselves is “child abuse.” But have you wondered what he thinks good parenting looks like?

Apparently, he thinks that it looks like two incredibly bored children.

At least, Derick decided to read to his two very young sons the story of Jesus’ birth, directly from the Bible. No photos. And fans were quick to comment with their very strong opinions.

Derick Dillard captioned his photoset:

“Christmas Eve, reading the Christmas story with my boys. Doesn’t get much better than that! Thank you Jesus!”

For some families, that’s a tradition. For others it isn’t.

Though fans were divided, let’s start with the priase that he earned.

“Beautiful family. God bless you all!”

That’s sweet.

“You are such a great dad, Derick! Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family.”

We don’t know that a “great dad” would go on social media and repeatedly slam a teenage girl because he disagrees with her identity, but … well, he’s been fired for that.

“I’m not really a religious person. most normal everyday average people I know DO read the Christmas story out of the Bible on Christmas to their children and some not even really religious people do also.”

Interestingly, I’d personally never heard of that tradition, but I believe that plenty of folks do it.

“There is nothing abnormal,” that commenter continued. “About this and how they read the Christmas story Christmas Eve.”

That same commenter continued:

“I am sure the Duggars have children’s books as well but to come to someone’s page and tell them how to raise their children — takes much gall. Wow”

Another saw criticism of Derick and lashed out:

“Remember, you’re commenting with very sick, wicked souls! These people hate God, His Son Jesus Christ and God’s word. They’re just here to tear down anything Christian!”

That is the sort of paranoia that you see sometimes. If you believe that a critique of one man is an attack against an entire faith, you … probably need to relax.

Another affirmed that they thought that reading directly from the Bible is what they prefer:

“Some of us believe that straight from the Bible is best. Not watered down versions of the Christmas story. Some children’s bible books are excellent don’t get me wrong, however reading straight from Gods word every Christmas is an amazing tradition.”

Others chimed in, suggesting that reading directly from the Bible isn’t ideal with young children, especially when one of the listeners is a literal baby.

“Kids like kid’s books, not old fashioned text. fine if you want to read them the nativity story but at least do it in a format that they understand. kids like pictures.”

Children do enjoy picture books. Especially when they’re still learning words. (Again, Samuel is a literal baby)

“The whole situation is very creepy.”

That comment, we imagine, has less to do with the reading and more to do with Derick using it as a photo op.

“I bet these kids would appreciate having a dad who cares enough about them to get off his lazy butt and get a.job so he can support them as opposed to grifting clueless fans to support them.”

That, of course, is a jab at how Derick Dillard begs fans for cash. Especially now that he’s lost his spot on Counting On.

Another commenter chimed in:

“They aren’t in harm way they grift in Arkansas”

Others took issue with Derick Dillard’s parenting.

“Aww! It looked like Izzy was going to hug little Sam before his daddy pulled him away to make him listen to something he can’t fully understand yet.”

Israel and Samuel were clearly more interested in each other (awww!) than in listening to their father read.

“Why aren’t you acknowledging little Sam? Your arm isn’t even around him. At least Izzy and Jill love that sweet baby.”

Derick seemed invested in his little photo op.

“There are so many wonderful children’s books targeted to their ages, which would include pictures and be ever so much more appropriate for these two.”

If you’re going to do an activity with your children, it should be tailored to your children.

To their interests and their capabilities.

Even a baby as young as Samuel can look at a picture book, and maybe understand a few more words in the process.

Still, it seems like a harmless tradition, and some people — on both sides — got super worked up about it.

Maybe it’s because Derick Dillard himself is such a divisive figure? In which case, we’d question why he doesn’t lay low on social media for a while.

But then we remember that he likes to beg for money and then use those donated funds to go out to dinner.

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