Jon Gosselin said he and estranged wife Kate "kept it cordial" Thursday for his twins' 9th birthday party, but sources tell the new issue of Us Weekly (on newsstands now) that the eight Gosselin children are suffering from their parents' public war of words.
"They are confused and distraught and are acting out all the time in an effort to get attention from their parents," a source tells Us Weekly.
Last week, the two engaged in a heated battle, with Jon, 32, trying to halt production on their newly titled TLC show, Kate Plus 8, claiming it is hurting his kids. Kate, 34, shot back this past Monday, claiming that Jon removed $230,000 from their joint account, leaving her with bills. Jon called her claims a "total fabrication" and said that Kate has been "hiding money." He even went as far as telling Entertainment Tonight that twins Cara and Mady's Oct. 8 birthday party could wind up being "WWIII."
As the bickering continue, sources tells Us Weekly neither parent seems to care how the kids -- the sextuplets Hannah, Leah, Alexis, Joel, Aaden and Collin are 5-years old - are faring.
"She barely talks to them," a Kate confidant tells Us Weekly. "The nannies are doing 95 percent of the work. Kate has a short attention span, and everything upsets her."
As for Jon, "he can't stay at home with them," says a Jon source, who overheard the bad dad asking a paparazzo what time the kids were due home from school. "He gets annoyed when they interrupt him when he's on the phone."
For more details inside Jon and Kate's war -- including how Jon wants Botox and liposuction, how Kate throws temper tantrums and cries in her car, and how Jon plans to throw a "F*** you, Kate" party after their divorce is finalized -- pick up the new issue of Us Weekly today!