Whether you love her or hate her, Farrah Abraham has proven that even without Teen Mom OG, she’s here to stay. While the star was notorious for bringing the drama on the MTV series (and for being a notable member of the 16 and Pregnant cast before that), she’s since found her own way to maintain fame since being let go from the show. And one of the reasons her fans can’t look away is because of her lavish, above-average lifestyle.
Many have opinions of how Farrah chooses to parent her 9-year-old daughter, Sophia, as well. Here’s why the reality star says she wants Sophia to be homeschooled, and why fans are seriously concerned.
Farrah’s said she’s homeschooling Sophia so she can attend more events
Anyone who follows Farrah on Instagram knows Sophia is always by her side — and it seems like the mother-daughter duo are constantly jet-setting across the world to get to their next destination. Farrah wants her daughter to have an extravagant life, not a normal one, and that’s where the decision to homeschool came into play. As she told In Touch Weekly back in 2018, “Sophia started school. She’s doing homeschooling, so she gets to come to more events and that’s awesome.”
Farrah also mentioned that she loves watching Sophia take in all of these new experiences as a young child. “It’s focusing more on her studies, traveling the world if she wants to do that while she is going to school,” she told In Touch. And we know Farrah takes a lot of pride in being an independent businesswoman, so she believes she’s giving Sophia the tools to be self-sufficient when she’s older as well.
She’s also allegedly said other children would be jealous of Sophia
It might not just be about having new experiences after all. Farrah mentioned to In Touch Weekly that having Sophia traveling so much while doing her schooling also takes the child’s focus away from the trivial aspects of growing up. “I decided to do that because, at school, I didn’t really want to make it about the bullying, dating, those things,” she said.
And The Hollywood Gossip notes Farrah allegedly said other children would be jealous of Sophia as well if she went to a regular school. “I am truthfully like, ‘Oh my God, she is going to experience more jealousy than I ever encountered when she’s in high school’,” the publication notes she added. “And she’s gorgeous, she’s everything I could have ever asked for in a child. Getting through that when you’re in high school just means drama with everyone.” Again, Farrah also reiterated the fact that she believes her daughter is bound for stardom and success, particularly in the fashion world — and that leaves no reason for her to attend any average school.
Fans are concerned Sophia isn’t with other kids her own age
Fans have expressed concern regarding Sophia not being around children her own age on social media — but Farrah doesn’t seem too concerned, as she believes her daughter is taking in all of these wonderful experiences and turning out better for it. That hasn’t stopped the backlash, though. Farrah’s Instagram followers had a lot to say regarding this photo of Sophia and Farrah alone in the Maldives together. While some were supportive and assumed Sophia had a tutor with her, others noticed Sophia wasn’t with anyone her own age in the photos taken of the trip, which was concerning.
This isn’t the first time fans have questioned Sophia’s social skills and development, too. In this video on Sophia’s Instagram account (that Farrah controls), followers commented that the child seemed “underdeveloped” for her age, especially when it came to her speech. Sophia is still young, so fans have a few years to see what she’ll be like as a teen — and they’re hoping Farrah’s doing a better job parenting behind the scenes than many expect.
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