When you decide to televise your entire family life, you open yourself up to a lot of public scrutiny about how you raise your kids. No one knows this better than Michelle Duggar, reality star and mother to 19 children. While Duggar has received her fair share of criticism, she likely did not expect the backlash she faced after posting a photo of her grandchildren on Facebook last week.
“Train them young! These little ones love to ‘help,’ ” Duggar wrote, captioning a photo of toddlers Meredith (Josh’s daughter) and Spurgeon (Jessa’s son), using Swiffer Wet Jet mops on a tile floor.
Almost immediately, comments began flooding in from people objecting to her use of the word “train,” to the notion of having such young children doing housework, to the implication that she doesn’t to do any work herself, and even to the fact that she isn’t using nontoxic cleaning agents.
“You train a dog, not a child,” Debbie Fein wrote. “Does Michelle do anything in that house? The girls (never the boys) do the cleaning, laundry, shopping, etc. and Jana raises the children. Very sad.”
“I totally agree with you,” Beth Ostroski replied to Fein’s comment. “It’s so sad the way Duggar fans defend the way they live. Girls in that household are nothing but maids-in-waiting to be given away to the first male who shows any interest and then to pop out as many babies as humanly possible.”
Looking more closely at the photo, Margie Kohl observed, “As a Dental professional the picture is cute but why the bottle always hanging out of his mouth. More disturbing are the propane tanks in the house.” (Others helpfully pointed out that the tanks were outside the door, so there’s that.)
But of the 361 comments (and counting!) to this photo, most were in defense of Duggar.