10 Things We Learned From Iyanla And The Man With 34 Kids

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Starts with the Parents

Iyanla started off the three part series speaking with Jay’s parents. Initially, some of us wondered why she even bothered. It wasn’t Jay’s parents who were responsible for bringing 34 children into the world, it was him. But listening to both his parents speak about their own brokenness and how it caused them to abandon him, it was clear why Iyanla started at the root of the problem. His mother admitted she was broken before she ever even met Jay’s father, Wes. And Wes, a Harvard-educated man, admitted that, after the dissolution of their marriage, he just left his son. By the time Jay was 15, Wes didn’t know where he was living and really didn’t care. There was also the issue of Wes denying that fact that he was physically abusive to his ex wife. All of it was pretty sad but also let us understand the type of love Jay was missing from both of his parents. So it sought it from women, several women. And while Jay’s parents were in the hot seat during part 1, it wasn’t long before Jay was held accountable for his own actions.

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