Ten years after Kate Plus 8 last aired, Kate Gosselin continues to live her life with “no regrets” – except for one.
“If I could go back, I wouldn’t spend so much time worrying about the messes and the obsessive compulsiveness and needing to be so in control,” Gosselin, 41, tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “I would spend more time nibbling little feet and cuddling up. I worried about so many things I just didn’t need to be worrying about when they were still so young, and I came on way too strong. I should have just rolled around on the floor some. I wouldn’t have melted down as much.”
On May 14, 2006, Gosselin and her then-husband Jon opened up their home to viewers around the world. The Jon & Kate Plus 8 stars gave fans a glimpse of what life was like raising 5-year-old twins Mady and Cara and 16-month-old sextuplets Aaden, Alexis, Collin, Hannah, Leah and Joel.
On top of starring in a reality show, raising eight children was not easy for the couple. Kate and Jon later divorced in 2009, which in turn, rebranded the show to Kate Plus 8.
More than a decade after opening the doors to reality TV, Gosselin and her 8 children have had time to grow – physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Despite the many tribulations – the judgments that have been made regarding her parenting style, the past struggles of her painful divorce, and raising a child with “special needs” (son, Collin) – Gosselin remains encouraged.
“When you’re younger, you may have more energy, but when you’re older, you’re wiser,” she says. “We’ve been through so much, from the divorce to issues with Collin, and now I see that the other things I thought were important are just not.”
Kate Gosselin is opening up about her son Collin
the reality star reveals how she came to the hard decision of enrolling her 12-year-old son in a program away from home that can help him reach his full potential.
Collin has special needs,” Kate tells PEOPLE. “[There’s] a fairly fluid diagnosis of what those needs are, but he needs to learn certain strategies to help him deal with things. This has been a struggle we’ve had for a very long time, and it’s one I’ve dealt with on my own. I’ve felt very alone in this. By the same token, it’s not something that has only impacted me or him – our entire family has been impacted.”