Jon & Kate's Birthday Battle

The battle rages on for Jon and Kate Gosselin. The exes are now fighting over spending time with the kids, as their oldest girls are about to celebrate a birthday.

"Thursday is Cara and Mady’s 9th birthday," Kate told "That's my focus to get me through the next few days. I'm going to bake a chocolate cake from scratch, and that's going to feel normal and happy."

But that doesn't seem to be in the cards for the twins, as their parents can't seem to put their differences aside.

On Wednesday, Jon told ET Online that Kate is trying to change their joint-custody arrangement so that he is only at their Pennsylvania home from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday – and then he has to leave, limiting his time with the girls on their big day.

"She's trying to prevent me from seeing my kids on Mady and Cara's birthday," Jon says. "That's like giving her full custody by obeying her. She can't tell me what to do. I'm not going to allow it. I'm just going to stay. I own the house so I can do what I want...She doesn't want to hear my apology. She doesn’t want to work things out."

But is claiming that Jon is only telling half the story. A friend of Kate's says that she offered Jon extra time with the kids over the weekend to make up for the time he would lose on Thursday. Allegedly, Kate told Jon he could have Saturday at noon through Sunday 5 p.m. to spend with the kids, which was originally her time.

This is such a mess – and those poor kids are the ones that are going to be most affected by their parents' pettiness. The way Jon and Kate are acting, it's kind of like they are nine-year-olds.

Do you have any advice for Jon and Kate on how to keep things cordial? Chime in below!

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