‘OutDaughtered’: Fans Think Parker Busby Was Unfairly Assessed on Her End-of-Year School Testing
There are plenty of loveable families on TLC, but fans really adore the Busbys on OutDaughtered. Adam and Danielle Busby attained fame for having the only set of all-female quintuplets in the U.S., and in total, they have six daughters.
While the quints have been on TV since they toddlers, they’re now 4 years old and developing their own personalities. And there’s one quint, Parker, who stands out from the rest due to her shyness. A clip from the quints’ end-of-year school testing shows Parker struggling through it — and fans of the show think the whole situation was totally unfair. Here’s what they’re saying.
Parker Busby is the most anxious of the quintuplets
Danielle has mentioned in the past that one of the biggest challenges with the quints getting older is that they’re all developing their own personalities. We know Hazel as the sweet one, Riley as the smart and rambunctious one, and the twins, Ava and Olivia, as the goofy kids. But Parker is known for her shyness and anxiety.
From temper tantrums at the dentist to panicking while on camera, even Danielle and Adam have noticed Parker’s anxious nature. And the couple has taken their daughter to see an occupational therapist to help them get to the bottom of the issue.
“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,” Danielle told the OutDaughtered cameras.
And the OT also noticed Parker could use some help. “Parker is sweet — you can tell she is shy,” they said. “When I would ask her questions, she really wouldn’t respond. She would look towards her parents.”
She barely spoke during her school testing at the end of the year
Schooling was a huge topic of conversation for Adam and Danielle when the year started. They decided to put Riley straight to kindergarten and ahead of her four sisters, though it’s clear all of the quints are on track for their age. And a clip from OutDaughtered also shows how they all did on their end-of-year testing.
In the clip, the quints were asked to identify letters and numbers, and Olivia and Hazel immediately answered their first question correctly. Riley also went above and beyond with her answers and showed off her higher-than-average intelligence. When it came to Parker, however, she froze on every question. When asked, “what about this letter?” she stared at the letter provided without giving any answer to the teacher facilitating the test. Finally, Parker did respond to a few of the questions, but some of her answers were wrong, and it took her awhile to answer.
Fans think the test was unfair to Parker
In the end-of-year testing clip, Parker is visibly uncomfortable. And it seems even Riley can sense that, as she reaches out to Parker at one point and asks her sister one of the questions the facilitator asked. Parker snubs Riley, however, as it’s clear she doesn’t want anything to do with it.
Fans commented on the clip and think Parker’s treatment during the end-of-year testing was unfair given what we know about her anxiety.
“Parker cannot be accurately assessed at this time. She is still experiencing too much test anxiety and social anxiety which is affecting her responses,” one fan commented. “She may be scared because she knows she does not know the correct answers OR she may be emotionally overwhelmed simply by being questioned.”
Another wrote, “I honestly think that for Parker they shouldn’t film her test, you can see her looking into the camera before looking at the teacher. She’s uncomfortable with an observer around.”
We know Adam and Danielle will do what’s best for their kids, so if they feel the cameras are getting in the way of Parker’s learning, we may see less of the quint in the future.
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