Kate Gosselin Gets the Kids Ready for Their Close-Up

New child-labor permits have given TLC the green light to get the Gosselin 8 back on camera for an upcoming special

Jon and Kate Gosselin have been hounded non-stop by paparazzi since their messy divorce, but they've done a surprisingly good job of keeping their kids off camera. However, now that TLC is getting ready to shoot Kate's first TV special (Kate Plus 8), the little Gosselins will be surrounded by camera crews once more.

In accordance with the Pennsylvania Dept. of Labor's recent ruling, Kate has been granted child-labor permits which will allow the kids to appear on TV.

So, is this good news or bad news? On the one hand, viewers will once again get to keep up with the Gosselin kids, whom we've known and loved since they were toddlers. At the moment, the documents specify that the children can be filmed only for the Kate Plus 8 series of TLC specials  -- not for Kate's weekly upcoming series Twist of Kate. And since Kate Plus 8 will focus on Kate's "journey as a single mom building the next chapter in her life," viewers will presumably get to see a rare and inspiring sight for reality TV: a working single mom.

The downside, of course, is that these kids have been on camera their whole lives, and the cancellation of Jon & Kate Plus 8 gave them a chance to experience life outside the fishbowl. The children are also coping with fallout from the divorce, which is surely evoking very complicated emotions and sensitive situations. Is it really healthy for the kids to navigate this with cameras rolling?

And remember, the recent State Department hearing brought forth uncomfortable allegations -- like Kate's brother's claim that TLC "faked" Christmas in order to air a timely Christmas special. Could the Gosselin kids' reality-TV career be robbing them of the actual reality of growing up? We're not sure -- but either way, we'll probably tune in.

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Do you think the Gosselin kids going back on TV is a good or bad idea? Chime in below!

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