"I didn't know what to expect, but she was really nice," a source tells E! News of the much-maligned DWTS contestant, adding that despite Kate's busy schedule, which includes bicoastal rehearsals and show tapings, she's a good mom, too.
"She's great with the kids," the source says. "What Kate says, they do."
We definitely believe that one! But how about their dad, Jon Gosselin?
Although Jon has moved out of their Pennsylvania home where Kate's busy rehearsing, he's not far from the kids' minds.
"They talk about their dad all the time," the source says. "They love him."
And they'll definitely be seeing their dad on a regular basis, as Jon will be taking care of them while Kate's in L.A. for show tapings.
The only complaint Kate did make? "She says the media is really bad," the source tells us.
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