Marybeth Hicks

Meanwhile, Jon and Kate have learned the self-deceptive vocabulary that allows them to dissociate their marriage from their role as parents. What they haven’t learned is that lifelong marriage is the surest way to put their children first.

It may be tough to admit, but the best parents understand that a stable marriage is the only true way to protect the interests of their children. The marriage is the foundation upon which this family rests – not the financial security of future seasons on TLC, or syndication fees or additional book deals and speaking gigs.

America doesn’t need a reality show about a failed marriage and eight children shuffling back and forth between their parents’ separate homes. The best thing we could do for the Gosselins is to boycott their show, cause their ratings to plummet and give them the gift of a failed series in favor of a successful marriage.

People Magazine’s unscientific poll offers this couple the only answer – step back and re-prioritize. That’s my vote.

In the end, Jon and Kate face the same question that every married couple confronts as they work to maintain a strong and healthy bond: What will they give up in order to have what they say they want most of all?

Marybeth Hicks

Marybeth Hicks is the author of Don't Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left's Assault on Our Families, Faith, and Freedom (Regnery Publishers, 2011).