They say it takes a village to raise a child. For Jenelle Evans it might take more than that. Her mom, Barbara Evans, clearly has her hands full -- as we could see on the Teen Mom 2 finale recap with Dr. Drew this week. She's trying to parent a daughter with a drug problem and play mom to her grandson at the same time. Good thing the parents of her Teen Mom 2 co-stars aren't afraid to get their hands dirty to help her out.
Chelsea Houska's dad, Randy Houska, and Leah Calvert's mom, Dawn Spears, laid down some parental guidance this week for Jenelle on Twitter.
Randy waded in first right into a Twitter argument between Jenelle and ex-boyfriend Gary Head during last night's reunion special. Gary couldn't believe he'd been left off, and words got heated between him and the reality star. Considering how heated, Randy was practically risking life and limb to get involved, but he did it anyway:
@PBandJenelley_1 @gary_head Time to block each other and move on kids
Truer words have not been spoken! No wonder Dawn chimed in to back him up.
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The two parents got a lot of support on the social media site for wading in. As one user noted:
if they only had parents like you to raise them this never would have happened
They've got a point.
Randy is more or less the darling of the TV show, the menschy dad who is always there to tell Chelsea like it is ... in the nicest way possible. He's that dad we all want; the father who can tell you what you're doing wrong but doesn't bash your head in with criticism. And Dawn isn't too bad herself. She's had to handle a teenage daughter getting pregnant with TWINS, weddings, a divorce, a miscarriage ... and she's always at Leah's side with a gentle word.
They're the kind of parents you can tell their kids' friends gravitate to. Which is why Barbara Evans should be happy to have them.
We as parents are responsible for guiding our own kids, but it doesn't hurt to have a few helping hands out there. The village parenting concept only gets more useful as they get older, when they really start to buck our authority. If they aren't listening to us, we should be so lucky to have some other straight talking adult there to back us up.
Barbara Evans can only do so much to convince Jenelle that she's making bad choices these days; she can't lock her in her room and force her to listen to reason. But the more people who weigh in, the harder it will be for this girl to blame everyone else for her problems.
How do you feel about other parents helping you parent your own kid? Could it work with Jenelle?
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