Have you heard? Teen Mom 2 star Kailyn Lowry is moving away from baby daddy Jo Rivera, and she's taking son Isaac with her. Kail's husband, Javi Marroquin, has gotten his assignment from the Air Force, and the whole family is shipping out. Welcome to military life, where PCS (permanent change of station) happens every few years, and the whole family has to adjust.
That means that when there are stepkids involved, a military assignment often means separating a child from their biological parent, at least for the majority of the time. So why is poor Kailyn getting a ton of flak from the fans for splitting up Daddy and son? They're even calling her a bad mom!
Said one of Kail's critics on Twitter:
Can't believe you're going to be moving Isaac around all the time to be with some guy who is not even his father.
Jo's family giveshim stability. You've moved Issac around, different men around, are knocked up, and moving again?
Really, folks, some people will find anything to pick on. A random guy who isn't even his father? Kailyn and Javi are married! Javi is Isaac's stepfather!
And splitting kids and biological parents happens every day in a country where the divorce rate hovers around 50 percent. The days of folks sticking around their hometowns and staying married to the same person forever are long gone.
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People remarry. People move, often for jobs, which is exactly what Kailyn and Javi have in mind. The Air Force is Javi's employer, and they're sending him where they want. Stepchildren of military members is such a common issue that armed forces even provide healthcare coverage for stepkids.
The past few episodes of Teen Mom 2 have been all about the possibility of Javi joining the military and what would happen if he were sent away from their hometown in northeastern Pennsylvania. One thing Kail has mentioned several times is the possibility that Isaac would get to spend longer periods with Jo when he visits his dad -- perhaps even six weeks in the summer as opposed to short weekends.
That's what being a good mom in a shared custody situation is about. It's not giving up on a love life and a career to stay in one spot for the rest of your life; it's working with your ex and the courts to ensure that your child does have time with their other parent ... even if it's not what they are used to.
What do you think of Kailyn's move with Isaac? Any tips to help her and Jo?
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