DO: Have a game plan
On her last day in rehab, Amber makes a list of everything she wants to take care of at home: 1) get her driver’s license, 2) set up schooling, and 3) find a new house, preferably with Gary and Leah. Of course, with the delay between taping and airing, we know that she fails at most of these… but good effort!
DO: Be cautious
So at this point Amber and Gary are broken up, right? He recognizes that she’s going to need a support system as strong as what she had in rehab, but he’s apprehensive about her expecting him to automatically be that for her when he’s getting used to her being back.
DON’T: Bribe your kid
I’m not sure what the etiquette is for coming home after two months in rehab, but I was slightly uncomfortable when Amber pulled out the gifts she’d brought Leah. Maybe this is some sort of positive reinforcement thing, to make Leah feel like Mommy was just on a vacation? I guess I had instances like that as a kid, when even if my parents were out of town on grim business (like a funeral), they still brought me back a keepsake.