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Trent Johnston Explains Limited Involvement In Adult Children’s Finances

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7 Little Johnstons patriarch Trent Johnston explains the reasoning behind why he stays out of his adult children’s finances. Read on for all the details.

Amber & Trent are close to being empty-nesters

When fans first met Amber and Trent Johnston, they were the parents of five minor children, three of whom are adopted.

7 Little Johnstons just premiered Season 11 of their popular reality show. Now only two of the children still live at home. Older kids Jonah, Elizabeth, and Anna all live on their own.

A family of 7 little people
Johnston family/Credit: TLC YouTube

During a recent season, Amber and Trent considered adopting to expand their brood. However, they instead opted to open their home to an exchange student from Finland.

7 Little Johnstons star reveals struggles with income

TLC posted a 7 Little Johnstons bonus clip on their social media platforms. In the clip, Jonah and Trent talk about their respective careers as car salesmen. Longtime viewers of the show remember Amber and Trent’s negative reaction to Jonah selling cars.

However, when the family patriarch quit his job as a groundskeeper at a local college, he went into the same field. Both Trent and Jonah are now car salesmen.

During the clip, Trent and Amber drop in on Jonah to catch up on how life is treating him. At one point, Trent asks his son how many cars he’s sold the last year. Jonah answers that he’s sold 97 cars.

Despite his successful career, he tells his parents that he is having some money trouble. While he has enough in savings, his income varies from month-to-month, depending on how many cars he sells.

While Amber and Trent listen, they don’t offer their son any financial help. Trent explains why.

Trent Johnston explains limited involvement in adult children’s finances

At one point in the clip, Trent explains how they handle discussing finances with the older kids. He said that he doesn’t “get nosy” but asks how the kids are managing their finances.

Can they pay their bills? Do they set some money aside when they can?

As Amber nods her head, Trent Johnston says that’s the “extent” they get involved in the finances of their adult children.

The 7 Little Johnstons parents have faced criticism from fans for being TOO controlling over their kids. However, it seems they have a hands-off approach when it comes to money matters.

Do you agree with Amber and Trent having limited involvement in their adult children’s finances? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

7 Little Johnstons airs Tuesdays on TLC.

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