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Doubling Down With The Derricos: Oldest Daughter Darian Tired Of Raising Her Parents’ Kids

darian derrico, deon and karen oldest kidDoubling Down With The Derricos shows what life is like raising 14 children. Deon Derrico and Karen Derrico run a tight ship and their household runs so well because of structure, routine, and consistency. However, the parents depend on 14-year-old Darian Derrico to help with her younger siblings. The teenager wants her freedom and is tired of being the “third parent.”

Karen Derrico Has 14 Children

The new TLC reality show features a supersized family. Deon Derrico is a real estate investor and his wife Karen is a stay-at-home mom. When they opted to have lots of kids, they made sure that they were capable of raising them. This includes financially (the family has never received government assistance), mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

Deon Derrico’s Secret: Structure, Routine, and Consistency

How do the parents handle the stress and chaos from having so many children? Deon and Karen have a foundation of structure, routine and consistency. They always use it, the children have grown up expecting it and it makes running a large household much easier. It also cuts down on the messes, arguments and stress.

Doubling Down With The Derricos: The ‘Third Parent’

On a recent episode of the reality show, fans saw that they don’t always have easy days. Sometimes they have to rely on their 14-year-old daughter Darian to help with her younger siblings.

deon derrico and kids, tlc doubling down with the derricos

However, Doubling Down’s Darian Derrico is now a teenager and like many kids her age, is desperately craving freedom. She claims that having to help with her 13 siblings makes her the “third parent” and she is beginning to resent it.

However, is she really a third parent? Are unrealistic expectations being thrown on her? Is she actually doing the job of a mother or father? Or do Deon and Karen just rely on the teenager when it’s necessary? Are the tasks something other families would give to their kids? These are important questions to consider.

Many children are expected to help with their siblings when necessary. But there is a fine line between helping out and being forced to parent a sibling.

Darian Derrico’s Demand: Teen Freedom

As a teenager, Darian Derrico wants to test her limits and experience freedom. She is learning how to be her own unique person and is expressing herself. Perhaps the best thing would be for the Derricos to give their teenager a bit more freedom, but in small slices.

With that being said, she needs to understand that teenagers aren’t exempt from contributing to the family (or community). There needs to be a balance and every family member has to do their part.

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