“It just became stressful on the kids and became stressful on me,” Jon told Oprah. I saw my kids not growing up normally, like I grew up, and have community. Yes, they got to travel the world, and yes, they got these fabulous things… but developmentally, they have problems with their peers, and they have problems with talking to other people, and they have problems with wants and needs and manners and morals.”
Jon’s remarks apparently incensed Kate as she called her ex’s comments “value judgements” based on “limited” visits with the former couple’s kids.
"I find it very heartbreaking that my children's father chooses a public forum to discuss his current opinions of the 'development' of our children," Kate wrote on her blog.
Acknowledging that her public response could stir up even more attention, Kate wrote that she felt the need to defend her children against their father’s claims about their development.
"Because he has spoken negatively about our children, I feel I owe it to them to respond on their behalf," Kate wrote. "Each and every one of our children has met and continues to exceed all physical, mental, and emotional developmental milestones throughout their lives. Their normal development is regularly monitored by myself, their pediatrician, and school staff, as is usual within any family."
Kate continued to defend her children by writing, “Anyone who has personally met our children all have the same thing to say: They are the most normal, pleasant, polite, loving and well adjusted children they have ever met. Most even go on to say that they are a 'a delight' to be around."
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