Who likes a good reality television show? You know, a reality tv show that is real and genuine. Try finding one of those on television that is wholesome is even harder; however, if you have been watching Bringing Up Bates like we do, then you know it is possible to have a wholesome reality tv show. Now I will be honest, I was skeptical at first esp after watching another reality show with 19 kids and becoming disappointed in its demise. I was thinking this show would not measure up or that it would just too similar to the former. OH BOY WAS I WRONG! There is just something special about this family. They are real and genuine. I fell in love with this show from the first episode because I felt like I truly connected with them. I felt like they were like my family, minus a few children.
Kelly Jo and Gil Bates have a relationship that is built on equalness and I think that is why I love the show so much! They each call the shots in the family, which in my opinion, is the way it should be. Their children seemed to interact with one another realistically, not fake. What I mean is sometimes when you watch reality tv it seems the participants tend to “act” a certain way in front of the camera-almost like it is planned. On Bringing Up Bates, it seems more realistic. They showcase love, faith and fun esp with what I like to call the “Bateisms.” Those unique quotes embedded through the show that my family says from time to time. For instance, “Popsicles and Band-Aids are the universal fix for any problem.” – Gil Bates. How true! How True! I always think they are a great fix and offer something sweet to my kids whenever they are hurting–along with a band aid. Whereas my husband and sons seem to think that duct tape is the solution to everything!
“Duct tape is always important.” – Nathan
Just as we have our own set of beliefs and ideals for raising our families, the Bates are just the same. The Bates are conservatives and devout Christians that live in rural Tennessee. They strive to raise their family maintaining their beliefs and lifestyle.
“I don’t know what’s in the future, but I know Who holds the future… and I’m looking forward to what He’s going to deliver.” – Gil
If you are a parent, then you have some beliefs on how you want things done such as when you will let your child date, whether or not they can have pierced ears, or what type of clothing is acceptable. What I like is that even though they have their own beliefs, they do not claim to know or have all the answers. I do not feel like I am being judged by them in anyway.
They allow their own children to set some of their standards such as in the area of dating or courting.
“If you don’t have big dreams, you’ll never go anywhere in life.” – Tori
I also love that they accept their family for their beliefs. Alyssa Bates Webster , one of the married daughters, wears pants and sleeveless tops. She even has her ears pierced, but that does not mean she has been banished from the family. She is accepted even if it goes against what mom and dad had set for themselves as what was acceptable.
If you have never seen Bringing Up Bates, you need to check it out. It is returning for its 4th season on the UP Network on June 2 at 9pm EST. Not sure if you get the channel with the mantra of “We Get Family.” You can check here: http://up.viewerlink.tv/ Bringing Up Bates is shown weekly on Thursday nights at 9pm EST.
Join us 6/2 at 9PM EST for the premiere of Bringing up Bates Season 4 on UP TV using the hashtag #BringingUpBates. Several AMAZING prizes will be given away to lucky participants! I will be tweeting Thursday night throughout the show, and I would love to have you join me!
What: Twitter Chat Premiere Party for Bringing Up Bates
Where: Any Twitter platform! Use the hashtag!
Topic: Bringing Up Bates Season 4 Premiere
WHEN: Thursday, June 2, 2016 from 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT)
Bringing Up Bates is a family docu-series that follows the lives of Gil and Kelly Jo Bates, proud parents of 19 children and a growing number of grandchildren. In the new season, change is in the air as a lot of the kids are beginning to forge their own paths outside of the family. From new loves, to new careers and new babies, the Bates are experiencing both the highs and lows of life. Tune in to meet the whole family! You can also follow their blog here.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post; however, all opinions presented are 100% mine.