It’s rare that a week goes by without Jessa Duggar getting mom-shamed for some behavior or belief that her Instagram followers don’t agree with.
But it’s just as rare for Jessa to take this much flak in the span of just a few days.
Earlier this week, Jessa was criticized for denying her daughter a pacifier.
Many of her followers felt that this was an unnecessarily cruel restriction which did not serve to benefit the child in any way.
Yes, it’s only been 8 weeks since Jessa welcomed her third child, and that’s the sort of backlash she’s forced to contend with already.
We suppose it’s not hard to see why she’s not taking it lying down.
“I always nurse my babies on demand, so she has constant access to the ‘pacifier’ God designed,” Jessa responded when a follower asked why she’s so opposed to pacifiers.
“I am her pacifier,” Jessa added.
“I prefer it that way too … Nursing isn’t only for food, but for comfort and Mama’s closeness.”
Eh … not all that wacky an explanation by Duggar standards, and “God’s pacifiers” is a hilarious way to refer to boobs, so we’ll allow it.
Besides, we have new and equally weird Jessa parenting controversies to move on to.
As you may know, the Duggars are very, very big on disciplining their children.
And this means not only are the kids punished at a young age (sometimes with such controversial techniques as “blanket training”), they also start helping out around the house at a very young age.
Which explains why Jessa’s eldest — 3-year-old Spurgeon — is already working a vacuum cleaner:
The Duggars have taken flak for their perceived unwillingness to let kids be kids, which may explain why Jessa decided to get in front of that criticism by posting a lengthy explanation for the video above:
“There’s a window of time in the toddler years where little ones become eager to help,” she wrote.
“It’s so sweet to watch their excitement as they are allowed to take part in meaningful tasks— not pretend ‘helping,’ but really doing something that helps out the whole family,” she added.
“Playing together is fun, but even the cleanup can be fun if we do it together. There’s a sense of importance and belonging and being needed.”
Jessa went on to explain that she doesn’t encourage her kids to help because it saves her time in effort — in fact, she claims the reverse is true:
“Sometimes as a mom I have to pause and remember this,” she stated.
“Yes, it may take 5x longer than if I did it myself, but they find it exciting to help out and lend a hand,” Jessa continued.
“We definitely need to encourage this and not squelch the excitement.
“My mom modeled this beautifully. ‘There’s a window of time where they’re eager to help. Capture it. Don’t squelch it.’”
Must be quite an honor for Michelle Duggar to receive such a loving tribute from her daughter.
Of course, Michelle was such a strict disciplinarian that it’s possible Jessa is still afraid of her!
In any event, you can expect the Spurgeon vacuum video to kick off a new Duggar parenting controversy sometime this afternoon.