‘Welcome to Plathville’: Kim Plath Worried Micah and Moriah Would Plant ‘Seeds of Rebellion’ in Younger Kids
The Plaths are back. The ultra-conservative family returns to TLC on Nov. 10 for a second season of their reality show, Welcome to Plathville. But things look a bit different in the Plath household this time around. Two of the older Plath kids are no longer living at home after clashing with their parents over their strict rules. In a teaser for the upcoming season, mom Kim Plath explains why she and husband Barry decided their kids Micah and Moriah were no longer welcome in the family home.
Kim Plath says her family is ‘fractured’ after move away from farm
Season 1 of Welcome to Plathville showed the Plath family’s unique life on their 55-acre south Georgia farm. Viewers met Kim, Barry, and their nine kids, who were raised with almost no exposure to contemporary popular culture.
This time around, the Plaths have left the farm for a new home in Cairo, Ga. The family originally looked at the home as an investment property, Kim explained in a teaser for the new season shared with PopCulture.com. But they all fell in love with the house, which prompted the move.
The Plaths might have a new home, but they brought their strict lifestyle with them.
“Pretty much things are still the same as they were at the farm in terms of our family’s rules,” Kim says. “That means no phones for the children, supervised movies, supervised internet, no social media, little to no sugar, appropriate clothing, no video games and no rock music in the house.”
However, not all Plath family members are willing to follow Kim and Barry’s mandates.
“Unfortunately not everyone agreed with our rules,” Kim admits. “The family is sort of fractured now into three different households.”
‘Welcome to Plathville’ star Ethan Plath is not speaking to his parents
In the first season of Welcome to Plathville, the oldest Plath son Ethan got married to Olivia. But it didn’t take long for their relationship to cause problems with his parents. She wasn’t on board with her in-law’s rules and introduced her new husband to a number of “forbidden” things, like soda. Now, the pair’s relationship with his mom and dad appears to be completely broken.
“Right now, there is no contact between my parents and me and Olivia and any of my siblings,” Ethan said in a trailer for season 2.
Micah and Moriah Plath are living on their own
Not only are Ethan and Olivia living a life apart from from his parents, but Ethan’s younger siblings Micah and Moriah are also on their own.
The two teenage siblings couldn’t stop “pushing the limits,” Kim says. Worried that the older kids would be a negative influence on their younger siblings, Kim and Barry told them to move out.
“It was likely to me that they might plant seeds of rebellion and bitterness in the younger children, especially Isaac and Amber,” Kim says.
“We talked it over with Micah and Moriah and agreed if they couldn’t live with our rules, then they needed to move out,” she adds.
However, Moriah — who is only 17 — isn’t completely estranged from her parents. She’s living just down the road, and her parents say they are there for her if she needs them.
“She knows if she needs us any time, we’re here for her,” Kim says.
Welcome to Plathville Season 2 premieres Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 10 p.m. ET on TLC.