Like many parents, Kate Gosselin took to social media to share a picture of her kids dressed up for Halloween.
“I had a trick-or-treating date with a couple of cute pink dinosaurs and a few adorable astronauts!” wrote the Kate + My 8 star.
In the photo, Gosselin’s 13-year-old sextuplets Aaden, Alexis, Hannah, Leah and Joel smile for the camera. Notably absent: their brother Collin, who has been enrolled in a program away from home for behavioral issues.
“No Collin, of course. That’s sad. He’s been gone for like 3 years now,” one person commented. Added another: “He should be at home it is terrible.”
A third woman suggested Gosselin change the name of her show to Kate + My 7. “I grew up with a troubled sibling but never did we exclude him from all family activities,” she shared. “If he was so out of control you would of never been able to film with him as much as you did without incident. Sometimes parenting is not easy but that does not mean send your child away long term.”
The reality star, 42, and her ex-husband Jon Gosselin famously split in 2009 after 10 years of marriage. They are also parents of 17-year-old twins Mady and Cara.
Though Kate has yet to respond to the comments on her Halloween Instagram, she has opened up in the past about her decision to send Collin away for educational and social challenges.
“It was not even really a choice, it was on the advice of his doctors and it had to happen,” Kate revealed during an interview on ABC’s Nightline in November 2016. “He’s plodding along and we are too. This is the best thing I can do for him right now and that comforts me.”
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