Welcome to Plathville star Kim Plath raised her children with very strict rules. And Kim claimed that she wanted to instill traditional values in them. But does she follow her own rules and set a good example? Or is Kim Plath a hypocrite like some fans say?
Welcome to Plathville: Family Values
When Welcome to Plathville began, the Plath family revealed how they lived their lives. Kim Plath and Barry Plath had nine kids and lived on a farm in rural Georgia. The Plath parents both had a wild side when they were in their twenties and they wanted to spare their offspring from the mistakes they made. So, the Plaths completely sheltered them from the outside world. The children were not allowed to watch TV, listen to radio, have a cell phone, or use the internet, except for school. Kim Plath also refused to let them have sugar, other than from natural sources like honey and maple syrup.
Kim home schooled the Welcome to Plathville children and they didn’t have many friends outside of their siblings. She also taught the kids what she felt they needed to learn and Kim Plath assigned the kids chores around the house. The middle daughter, Lydia, did the vast majority of housework and cooking and cleaning. The older boys and girls all helped out with their younger siblings. Also, Barry and his strict wife raised their kids to be very religious and only allowed them to listen to religious music.
Kim Plath Disapproves of Change
The eldest son, Ethan Plath, got married before Welcome to Plathville filmed to his girlfriend Olivia. The pair moved into their own house and during the season there was plenty of conflict between the newlyweds and the Plaths. Kim Plath and husband Barry felt that Olivia was a bad influence on the younger kids. Olivia introduced Ethan Plath to all kinds of new experiences, such as Coca Cola and alcohol. Then, Olivia took Moriah, Ethan’s 16 year old sister, under wing and hired her as an assistant. Not only did she introduce her to new things, Olivia also took Moriah to California and exposed her to a different world.
Kim and Barry Plath didn’t want Olivia around the younger kids. They feared that Olivia would create resentment in the children towards their parents, like she accused Olivia of having. Kim Plath even went so far as to ban Ethan and Olivia from seeing the siblings unsupervised. During Welcome to Plathville, Olivia tried to mend fences so that her husband Ethan could have a relationship with his family. But show spoilers indicate that Kim Plath made it difficult.
Welcome to Plathville: Kim Breaks Her Own Rules
Welcome to Plathville leaks say that Kim Plath was the driving force behind the show. And that she actively pitched several networks to get a show for her family. Kim Plath finally caught TLC’s attention when she sent them a video of the family’s Christian band performance.
Viewers balked when they found this out, as Kim doesn’t let the kids watch TV. But now she’s happy to put their lives on air for everyone to see.
The Plath family moved off the farm to town between the first and second season of Welcome to Plathville. Olivia Plath revealed that Kim Plath put the farm on Airbnb. And that they used the exposure from the show to rent it out. So viewers wonder if Kim Plath exploited the lives of her children for financial gain.
Not only that, but Kim Plath claimed that she wanted to instill family and traditional values into her children. But, she kicked out both Micah and seventeen year old Moriah. Plus, Kim refused to have any contact with Ethan Plath. And Olivia said that Kim doesn’t acknowledge them in public. she turns her head away and won’t look at them.
Then, Olivia said that Kim told her she doesn’t want to have any kind of relationship with Ethan and Olivia’s future offspring. Viewers felt that Kim Plath acts very differently in real life than what she portrayed on Welcome to Plathville.
Kim Plath also used her friends and social media to spy on Micah and Moriah after she kicked them out. She openly admitted to knowing everything that goes on with them in season two of Welcome to Plathville.
Fans of the popular TLC show said they can’t believe that she pretty much does everything that she restricted the kids from doing. And that they think Kim Plath is a hypocrite.
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