Gosselin made the statement on a weekend episode of Oprah Winfrey's OWN show "Where Are They Now?," UsMagazine.com said Monday.
Jon and his wife Kate appeared on the show "Jon & Kate Plus 8" with their twins, now 13, and sextuplets, now 9, from 2007-09. After the couple called it quits, Kate and the children continued on "Kate Plus 8" for two more seasons.
"It just became stressful on the kids and stressful on me," Jon told Winfrey.
"You're trying to keep your marriage together, and you're trying to keep your family ties together," he said. "I saw my kids not growing up normally, like I grew up, and having community. Yes, they got to travel the world, and yes, they got these fabulous things, and yes, they have trust funds, and they're taken care of educationally. Great. But developmentally, they have problems with their peers, and they have problems with talking to other people, and they have problems with wants and needs and manners and morals and what's right and what's wrong. I think more so than someone who grows up off TV."