'Welcome To Plathville' Season 4: Kim opens up about childhood abuse, fans say she 'parented out of fear'

'There you have it. I feel for Kim #welcometoplathville it makes sense as to why she was so overprotective,' said a fan


                            'Welcome To Plathville' Season 4: Kim opens up about childhood abuse, fans say she 'parented out of fear'
Kim on 'Welcome To Plathville' (TLC)
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Season 4 of 'Welcome To Plathville' has seen Kim go through quite a bit of change. From the version of her people remember on Season 1, the new Kim is a far cry from that. Not only is she dressing different and opening up more, it seems as though she is also trying to fix her relationship with her kids.

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So far, Kim has been struggling to get her kids to see her side of things. While Amber seems to have come around, she still called her mother out on the way things unfolded. Lydia too has failed to understand that prayers alone can't fix marriages. The only one of the Plath kids that has been open towards Kim has probably been Micah. In an interesting change of events, Micah and Kim decided to go get a drink, something he admitted he never thought he'd be able to do in his life.

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As they both sat down, Kim explained that while she did drink before marriage, she stopped because Barry was vehemently against it, so the question never came up. As Micah and Kim spoke more, he asked her a question that was on everyone's mind -- why did Kim raise them the way she did. It is here that Kim opened up about her parenting style, stating that it came from a place of trauma. She spoke about how she was abused at the age of 4-5, by a male babysitter who was 15 at the time. Seeing that Kim's mom was a single mother, she left her with the babysitter often. To avoid any of that with her kids, Kim was strict about their upbringing. While some fans sympathised with her, others weren't as forthcoming. "There you have it. I feel for Kim #welcometoplathville it makes sense as to why she was so overprotective." said a fan. "That’s really awful. Kim admits she parented out of fear, that makes me sad.  #welcometoplathville #plathville" noted another. "Kim’s been taking no accountability and blaming Barry for a lot of the things she enforced on their children. I’m tired of her #WelcomeToPlathville" added a fan. "I'm not here for this Kim rebrand. The hypocrisy is just too much for me. #welcometoplathville" noted a fan. 

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What do you think? Are fans being too harsh towards Kim? Will Kim eventually open up to the rest of her family? Sound off below.

'Welcome To Plathville' Season 4 airs on Tuesdays at 10 pm ET/PT on TLC.

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