Is she pushing them apart?
Leah Messer’s parenting style has changed drastically in the past few years of Teen Mom 2. She’s proven how difficult it can be to be a good mother when you’re still trying to work out your own, personal problems. At one point, it seemed that Leah might lose custody of all three of her daughters, but she’s managed to come back full force. In addition to leaving many of her personal difficulties with mental illness, addiction, and relationship problems in the past, she’s also turned a new corner in here career as she is trying to start a new career as a motivational speaker.
That doesn’t mean that Leah’s parenting is always perfect. In fact, she’s still making some pretty serious mistakes ― at least according to her fans.
All of the Teen Mom cast members have their own unique experiences and challenges when it comes to motherhood. For Leah, in addition to having twins when she was a teenager, she also discovered that her daughter Ali had a muscular disability that would affect her development and strength.
Now, Leah is facing criticism about the way that she’s raising her twins. Because they have different needs, she’s been treating them differently. But some fans are accusing her of driving a wedge between her children, and making Aleeah feel left out.
Ali and Aleeah
Early in Ali’s life, Leah discovered that her daughter Ali had a rare form of muscular dystrophy that is normally only found in adults. One of the specialists told her that when Ali grew to be around seven years old, her health and motor skills would likely start to decline. Now that Ali is nearly eight, the complications of her health have continued to develop. That means that Leah has had to change her parenting style to help her daughter as much as possible.
Having a sibling get a different type of attention than you can be difficult, but having a twin that gets different treatment can be particularly confusing. Because Ali has different needs, her parents must spend more time making sure she’s safe and healthy than they spend on her sister Aleeah.
In a recent episode, it became clear how much this was affecting the twins. Leah took Aleeah off by herself to talk about Ali’s condition, and it became clear that her daughter thought she may have caused her sister’s condition. Ali asks, “Is it because I crammed her up? Because I squished her?”
Aleeah told Leah that she remembered seeing a picture of her and her sister in utero and that she thought it looked like she was “cramming [Ali] up.” So, she assumed that taking up more space is what caused her sister’s condition.
Leah reassured her that it was not her fault at all. “It had nothing to do with you,” Leah told her. “You’ll learn when you get older, but it’s not your fault.”
Now, it seems that fans have been concerned about how Leah’s parenting has affected her twins. She recently updated her Instagram with this shot of her holding Ali on her hip, and fans pointed out that she may be babying her daughter in a way that makes the twins feel estranged.
Instagram user shae_.lynn wrote, “An 8 yr old does not need to be picked up on everyone’s hip just because of her condition you want her to be normal like other kids then raise her like one stop giving her baby attention when she falls SHES 8.” They added, “She not a baby she’s almost 8 she don’t need to be carried on everyone’s hip like one give all the children the same attention.”
But not everyone agreed with the accusation. “Someone is in desperate need of attention w these disgusting comments they’ve left,” wrote user etherealvirago. “Beautiful girl, beautiful momma.” User lesleynj14 wrote, “Pay no attention to the haters Y’ALL ARE BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT.”
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