Jill Duggar: Latest Photos of Baby Samuel Spark Debate

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Jill Duggar's parenting has become a subject of great interest amongst the Duggar faithful in recent months.

Typically, when Jill posts a new photo of her children, the response from fans goes something like this:

Jill Duggar Holding SamSam

The first comments consist mainly of fawning praise for her skills as a mother and compliments about how cute her kids are.

Then the haters and mom-shamers come out in force.

Whether Jill is putting a tortilla on her son's head as a hat or seeming to favor one child over another, her followers are always quick to let her know they disapprove.

Sometimes, their concerns are legitimate, as the Dillards have made some dubious decisions public in recent months.

Derick allowing his infant son to play with a plastic water bottle, for example, was a recent parenting low-light.

Johannah Duggar and Samuel Dillard

More often than not, though, the goal seems to be to pile on Jill, shaming her into believing she's an unfit mother.

Fortunately, the latest photo Jill shared on social media (above) attracted a far more innocuous form of criticism.

That's Samuel with his aunt Johannah Duggar.

The pic attracted hundreds of comments within minutes, and for once the debate had little or nothing to do with Jill's parenting skills.

“He is too cute!! He looks a lot like Jessa to me!” wrote one fan ... and the discussion then went in an unexpected direction.

Samuel Dillard and Bottle

Believe it or not, this comment sparked a heated debate about which Duggar family member Samuel most closely resembles.

Fans picked apart Samuel's appearance in an effort to figure out which of his aunts and uncles the baby looks like most.

Then they subjected Johannah to the same treatment.

“Johannah is so grown up, I think she looks like a mix of Joy-Anna and Jessa,” said one Duggar family obsessive.

“Wow, she looks just like Joy at that age!” another said.

“She looks just like Josh,” yet another weighed in.


Interestingly, 12-year-old Johannah is now the second-oldest Duggar girl who still lives at home with her parents.

It's by a pretty sizable margin, of course. Jana Duggar, 28, is the oldest of Jim Bob and Michelle's daughters.

Of course, it wouldn't be a Duggar social media post if there wasn't some harsh criticism and pointed questioning, as well.

One fan weighed in:

“Where is Israel? Y’all haven’t posted a picture of him in a while….and y’all didn’t take him to Texas with you last week? Hope he’s ok!” 

Derick Dillard and SamSam

Another seized the opportunity to bring up the Josh Duggar sex scandals - because some never miss the chance - writing:

"Were Jill, Jessa, Jinger, and Joy NOT abused by Josh? YES they were. Multiple times. And religious indoctrination IS abuse."

"So is blanket training," another commenter said.

"What you see on tv is all scripted and rehearsed."

Just another day in the life of reality TV's most controversial family, where there is literally never a dull moment.

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