What happens when a single mom of eight from a quiet Pennsylvania town trades places with a married Hollywood mom of one? Millions of viewers will find out tonight on a special edition of Celebrity Wife Swap!
The popular household-switch show challenged Kate Gosselin and Kendra Wilkinson to walk in each other’s shoes for two weeks – and the results promise to be both hilarious and educational.
A preview clip that aired on The View this morning shows the two mothers reading each other’s notebooks full of introductory notes and house rules. Kendra is stunned to see how much organization and time management is involved in raising twin 12-year-olds and eight-year-old sextuplets. (The Gosselins’ day begins at precisely 6:03. “Not 6:05 – 6:03!” Kendra gasps.)
Kate is equally nonplussed at the idea of living in a home that includes household help. “I wouldn’t want it that way,” she remarks. “I like to be mom, nanny and housekeeper.”
Kate appeared on The View this morning (she shared this pic of herself in the makeup chair) to discuss the show. One of the first things the hosts wanted to know was what it was like to parent only one child – Kendra’s 3-year-old son, Hank Jr.
“I have 8 but I’ve never had one, so it was definitely very different,” Kate replied. “And there was a lot of time to worry about what I was doing, what I wanted to do.”
The swap requires the mothers to abide by the house rules for the first few days, after which they can make changes as they see fit. Kendra apparently relaxed the Gosselins’ schedule a bit, while Kate had little Hank pitch in more with chores like picking up his toys.
Kate praised Kendra’s “sweet, free-spirited” nature and her ability not to sweat the small stuff. “As I get older, that’s what I’m learning to do,” she said.
Addressing one tabloid report that her children were traumatized by the experience, Kate said that she discussed the switch with all of them beforehand and they willingly agreed to participate. “They thought it was neat to have a new mom coming in,” she says. “They gave it the thumbs-up.” And afterward, she reported, “They said, ‘Mom, that was really fun, but we like it how it is.’ ”
Guest host Brooke Shields remarked, “I was amazed that there was something to be learned and garnered from each [lifestyle].”
Kate replied, “We both came away learning something!”
Maybe we all will!
Celebrity Wife Swap airs tonight at 8 PM EST on ABC.
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