What Do ‘Sweet Home Sextuplets’ Parents Eric and Courtney Waldrop Do for a Living?
The Waldrop family has stolen TV viewers’ hearts since Sweet Home Sextuplets premiered on TLC in September. The show chronicles the life of Alabama couple Courtney and Eric Waldrop, who got a major shock when they found out Courtney was pregnant with sextuplets following fertility treatments.
The Waldrops already had three boys, but they were about to become a family of 11. Obviously, the addition of six little ones meant some major changes in their life so they could support their growing brood.
Courtney Waldrop was a first-grade teacher
Before giving birth to the sextuplets, Courtney was a first-grade teacher with Albertville City Schools in Albertville, Alabama. But she had to go on maternity leave before the babies were born. She was able to complete the first week of the 2017-2018 school year before her doctor ordered her on bed rest.
“I was able to get my room ready, meet the kids and get things ready for the teacher who was taking over,” Courtney told the Gadsden Times.
Since giving birth to Tag, Rivers, Rayne, Rawlings, Layke, and Blu, Courtney hasn’t gone back to work outside the home. But a return to the classroom is reportedly on the table. Courtney also owns a photography business, but it’s not clear if she’s still pursuing that work.
Eric Waldrop owns a landscaping business
Courtney’s husband Eric owns a landscaping business, Robinson and Waldrop Landscape Group with his business partner Jeremy Robinson. The two both attended high school in Albertville in 2000 and graduated from Auburn University with degrees in landscape horticulture.
The Waldrops also own a 20-acre working sheep farm with 100 sheep, which probably brings in some additional income.
How do the Waldrops support a family of 11?
Supporting a family of nearly a dozen people can’t be easy. Fortunately, the Waldrops received some help when word got out that they were expecting sextuplets. Their church, the Solitude Baptist Church, helped raise money to cover some of the the family’s expenses by hosting a 5K gender reveal run. (This year, the Waldrops decided to give back by hosting another race, this time with the proceeds going to Albertville schools and a local pregnancy center.)
And then there’s the money they’re making from the TLC show. While we don’t know exactly how much the Waldrops are earning for Sweet Home Sextuplets, it could be a lot, especially if the show is renewed for future seasons.
TLC reportedly pays the Duggar kids $25,000 to $40,000 per episode of Counting On. But the Duggars have been famous for years, while the Waldrops are new to TV, so they’re likely getting just a fraction of that amount. On the low-end, reality shows might pay $1,500 per episode. Married at First Sight stars earn a reported $20,000 to $25,000 per season, while the stars of another TLC show, 90 Day Fiancé, receive just $1,000 per episode, by some accounts.
So, will Sweet Home Sextuplets be back for Season 2? TLC hasn’t yet said whether it plans to renew the show, but fans are doubtless eager to see more of this one-of-a-kind family.
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