Kim Plath has been going through a transformation in Welcome to Plathville season 4, which might be detrimental to her children. The mother of nine has been focusing more on herself and what she wants out of life. She may indeed be trying to better herself, but it might be causing her kids pain in the process.
When Kim announced she wanted to divorce her husband, Barry Plath, it came as a surprise to the entire family. The Welcome to Plathville star said she felt like she was pushed to the decision after years of feeling unloved and unappreciated. The distance she created between her and Barry deepened the divide between her and her younger children as well. She poured herself into her work and stayed busy getting her dance studio, Grady Central, ready for opening. Nights that were once spent on the couch in an attempt to separate from Barry were a thing of the past. She instead chose to stay at her and Barry’s various rental properties when they were available so she wouldn’t have to stay in the same house with him. Being away from Barry also meant being away from her kids, which they obviously noticed and took to heart.
The news of the divorce has been difficult for the Plathville kids to handle. It is unclear what their home life will look like going forward as Kim and Barry are still ironing out the details of who will live where. Kim is now back in the picture, but her absence has weighed heavily on the Plath children still living at home, particularly Lydia Plath and Amber Plath. In an emotional confessional, when discussing how Amber felt about her parent’s divorce, she said, “I just remember mom saying that they would never get a divorce and that it would be forever and now her saying that she’ll always be here for us. I don’t know it’s like…I don’t know if I can fully trust her.”
Kim says she is aware of the pain she has caused and the implications of missing out on being there for them during this difficult transition. After months of feeling hurt and alone, Lydia confronted Kim in the Welcome to Plathville season 4 finale. She had a heart-to-heart, explaining how she has been feeling a growing distance from her mom. The two used to be very close, but since issues began with Barry, things just haven’t been the same. Lydia was vocal about missing her mom and about how much she is still needed at home. Through tears, Lydia was honest with Kim, telling her, “I feel like for the younger sisters, for Amber, Cassia, and Mercy, they still need a mother not just in their lives, but like there for them mentally and emotionally and just there for them and I need to know that when it is time for me to move out that they’ll be okay and they’ll have someone they can cling to.”
Lydia went on to say that she feels love through actions and quality time, and that is something she hasn’t been getting from Kim lately. When Kim was hit with that reality, she did say that she wanted to make more of an effort to spend time together and that she has a lot on her plate with trying to get through the divorce. Even though Kim may be ready to start life anew on Welcome to Plathville, she still needs to put her children first. Her desire to get away has had a deep and lasting impact on them. It is evident they are starting to view her in a different light and questioning her intentions.
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