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Following Their Hearts

August 25th, 2011 by Rebecca Harper Editor

In Season 2 of “Modern Family,” it often seemed like the kids — including Rico Rodriguez’s Manny and Ariel Winter’s Alex — stole the scene. However, when it came to Baby Lily (played by twins Jaden and Ella Hiller), the producers seemed to let her fade into the background while her TV dads, Mitchell and Cameron (Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet), took center stage.

There’s a big change in store for Season 3 of ABC’s hit comedy, however: the show recently signed on 4-year-old Aubrey Anderson-Emmons to replace the Hiller twins as the adopted daughter of Cam and Mitch, EW.com reports. What led to the casting change? Well, executive producer Steve Levitan told Entertainment Weekly in May that “maybe they would be happier being kids. We don’t want them to be unhappy. If we feel it’s not in their best interest to stay, we will replace them, and ask that people forgive us for doing so.”

While we’re sad to hear the docile twins are leaving the show, the change got us to thinking about parenthood, and when you decide to say “OK, enough.” Parents can’t help but have dreams for their children, but sometimes those dreams aren’t actually what the kids want for themselves. Maybe Jaden and Ella will return to acting one day when they’re older. But for the time being, we have to applaud their mom and dad for letting the girls figure out what they want to do.

Perhaps you’re not a stage mom yourself, but maybe you always wanted a Little League champ, but your little slugger preferred to read a book. Or your future ballerina went gaga for racecars, instead. So tell us, how did you come to terms when your dreams for your kids didn’t exactly mesh with their own calling? Share your experiences with the rest of Hulu’s mom forum in the comments below, and tune into a few of our favorite “Modern Family” moments starring Jaden and Ella.