It was the size of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s massive brood that made them famous, but it’s the unusual fashion in which the couple has raised their 19 kids that’s made them subjects of continued fascination.
From bizarrely detailed “
courtship rules” to a strict ban on girls and women wearing pants, the Duggars exercise control over every aspect of their children’s lives.
It’s a way of life that’s earned them more critics than fans over the years, and when you look at the long list of jaw-dropping
Duggar parenting moments, it’s not hard to see why that is:
Pants, Pants Revolution
After a lifetime of only being permitted to wear long skirts, Jinger Duggar defied her parents and began wearing pants in public. Her sister Jessa Duggar followed suit. Jim Bob is reportedly displeased, but under the Duggar code of conduct, his hands are tied as long as their husbands allow a more lax dress code.
The Duggars practice a controversial method of child discipline known as “blanket training.” In it, children are placed on a blanket and either restrained or physically punished if they attempt to move from it. Many fans believe this photo shows Israel Dillard receiving blanket training from his parents, Jill and Derick.
The Infamous Tortilla Hat
Earlier this year, Jill Duggar was harshly criticized for placing a tortilla on the head of her infant son Samuel. Seems like she just needed something to block the sun in a pinch, but the decision to substitute food for clothing didn’t sit well with fans.
Speaking of headgear, some fans got upset about recent photos that showed young Duggar children riding bikes without helmets. And that wasn’t the family’s first cycling-related controversy…
It all started with this photo that not only showed the Duggar kids helmet-less, but also revealed that girls in the family are forced to wear skirts even while riding bikes.
Kids With Guns
Before that OTHER big scandal surrounding Josh Duggar and kids, there was the one surrounding this photo. Fans were understandably not thrilled by the sight of Josh and Anna’s young children posing with a massive semi-automatic weapon.
Kids With Guns II
The Duggars have also been criticized for purchasing guns as gifts for some of the younger children in the family. This photo caused controversy, but it seems many fans were unaware that Jedediah Duggar was 15 at the time it was taken.
Sometimes, the Duggars are shamed not for being overzealous in their parenting, but for being too lax. Jessa Duggar was recently slammed by fans for showing photos of her house in disarray on Instagram.
Over the summer, photos of Jessa’s son, Spurgeon Seewald drinking from a bottle became a subject of derision. Many fans felt that at 2 years old, the boy should no longer be drinking from a bottle.
This photo of Jill’s sons Samuel and Israel caught fans attention due to what appears to be a pained expression on Samuel’s face. Some fans believe the older brother is mistreating the younger.
Jill Duggar took a lot of flak for this Thanksgiving photo that showed her son Samuel lying on the floor while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner.
For reasons that remain unclear, Jill and Derick shared multiple photos of Israel sporting a number of facial bruises. Needless to say, the pics weren’t well-received by fans. But of course, all of the previous Duggar parenting fails pale in comparison to…
The Josh Duggar Sex Scandals
In 2015, it was revealed that Josh Duggar had molested five young girls – four of whom were his sisters – while he was still in his teens. When his parents became aware of the abuse, they helped Josh avoid being prosecuted. Parenting doesn’t get any worse than that.