‘OutDaughtered’: Danielle Busby Thinks Adam Busby Pushes Parker, One of the Quints, Too Much

With so many unique families featured on TLC, it’s hard to know exactly who to watch — but there’s no doubt Adam and Danielle Busby have a serious following thanks to OutDaughtered. The couple became famous after having the only set of all-female quintuplets in the U.S. And now that the quints are 4 years old, they’re all developing their own likes, dislikes, and personalities.

Fans adore Parker Busby for her mild manners and soft-spoken nature. While she has a quieter presence than her sisters, she also has extreme anxiety that causes her to panic in certain situations. And it seems Danielle thinks Adam pushes Parker too far at times.

Parker Busby is known for having extreme anxiety

Fans of OutDaughtered know Riley Busby as the smart quint, Hazel as the sweet one, and twins Olivia and Ava as the goofiest of the quints. But when it comes to Parker, she’s well-known for her anxiety. There are multiple scenes throughout various seasons of OutDaughtered that show Parker breaking down. From getting her dental checkups to singing Christmas carols with her sisters, it seems anytime Parker is in a new and uncertain situation, she has an anxiety attack.

Adam and Danielle took notice of this, of course. And the concerned parents even took Parker to see an occupational therapist and get her help.

“I’m glad we’re taking this step and I’m hoping that we just come away with it with a better understanding of how we can help her,” Adam noted in a clip from the show.

Danielle also said, “Parker hates new things and being in the spotlight.”

The occupational therapist also noticed Parker’s shyness. “When I would ask her questions, she really wouldn’t respond. She would look towards her parents,” she said.

She may not be learning at the same pace as the other quintuplets

Not only is Parker having trouble trying new activities and being in the limelight because of her anxiety, but it also might be causing her to lag behind her sisters academically.

Randi, the preschool owner, talked to Adam and Danielle about the quints’ progress in school — and they all appeared to be making progress. Riley stood out as the superstar and was ready to enter kindergarten, while the rest of the quints were prepared for upper-rotation pre-K. There was more to discuss with Parker, however.

“But, academically, I have a little bit of reservation moving Parker up,” Randi told the Busby parents. “What I don’t want to do is put her in upper rotation and then struggle. That’s my concern. She internalizes, as we all know.”

This gave Adam and Danielle a lot to think about. While they hoped Parker’s anxiety wouldn’t cause her to fall behind the rest of the quints, it looks like that might’ve been the reality.

Danielle Busby thinks Adam Busby pushes Parker too much

Danielle and Adam want to do what’s best for Parker, though it seems they don’t always agree on what that is. During Adam’s birthday weekend at a dude ranch, all six of their kids had the opportunity to go horseback riding. While all the kids rode the horse with excitement, Parker decided against it and cried against Adam so she wouldn’t have to partake.

“I want her to just live life to the fullest and be able to enjoy the things that all of her sisters enjoy,” Adam said in the clip. And though he attempted to get Parker to ride the horse multiple times, she wouldn’t do it.

“Don’t take this the wrong way,” Danielle said, “but sometimes I feel like you want Parker to keep up with her sisters, that you just like, push her too much. … I know it’s hard but we can’t always keep them all together and we have to do what’s best for her.”

Adam then said he hates watching Parker get left behind, especially when he knows she’d love the experience if she’d just try it.

Will Parker’s anxiety get better with time? We’ll have to wait and see — but we know Adam and Danielle are doing everything they can to help her out.

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