Kate Gosselin on Dreams of Becoming a Grandma: 'I Could Essentially Have Sextuplets Again'

"I can't wait to the be the grandparent who is older and wiser, and who is able to swoop in and out," Gosselin tells PEOPLE

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Kate Gosselin already has one big, bustling brood – but beyond the next decade, it could potentially double in size.

In this week’s issue of PEOPLE, the Kate Plus 8 matriarch opens up about life with her 15-year-old twins Mady and Cara and her 12-year-old sextuplets Aaden, Alexis, Collin, Hannah, Leah and Joel – and how she envisions her future as a grandmother.

“Six of my kids could have babies in the same year – I could essentially have sextuplets all over again,” says Gosselin, 41. “And you just know my kids will all say, ‘Oh, you’ve handled more than this, you can babysit, you’re fine.’ ”

When it comes time, though, Gosselin says she’s ready to take a different parenting approach.

“I did my uptight parenting thing,” she says. “I can’t wait to be the grandparent who is older and wiser, and who is able to swoop in and out, and offer advice and be more laidback.”

For more updates on the Gosselins – and how the kids are handling Collin’s absence – pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

And one thing’s for sure: She knows her kids want her to keep their house “come hell or high water” – and it’ll make the perfect setting to celebrate holidays with the next generation.

“I imagine the nights before Thanksgiving, and big sleepovers, and prepping everything with a glass of wine,” says Gosselin. “They all bring their kids and pets. And we hope like anything that they all get along.”

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Ultimately, Gosselin hopes some of what she’s learned over the years might rub off on her kids as they get older and start their own families.

“I hope they realize the mistakes I made were because I love them and I was doing the best I could,” she says. “I hope they have careers they’re passionate about. I hope they marry someone they truly, deeply love.”

“I’ve always wanted the very best for them,” she adds. “I hope they don’t settle.”

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