Michelle Duggar Slammed By Fans: Does She Do ANYTHING Around the House?

Michelle Duggar is no stranger to parenting controversies.

In fact, it often seems that every decision made by the mother of 19 becomes a topic of intense scrutiny and heated debate amongst the the internet’s legion of obsessive Duggar fanatics.

This makes sense, of course, as were it not for questionable parenting, the world would have no idea who Michelle is.

Long before the Josh Duggar sex scandals made Michelle and husband Jim Bob the poster children for negligence, many questioned the wisdom of birthing enough children to form two competing baseball teams (with a spare to serve as umpire!).

No one is questioning Michelle and Jim Bob’s love for their children, but we think most parents would agree that it’s logistically impossible to properly care for 19 children.

That is, unless one has plenty of help.

Fortunately for Michelle, she has numerous assistants … and she hasn’t had to shell out a single dime for their services.

Michelle and Jim Bob say they rely on a “buddy system,” in which each of their children is assigned a younger sibling to help care for.

That’s problematic enough on its own, as the Duggar kids are often assigned complex child-rearing tasks at shockingly young ages.

But now, new evidence has suggested that Duggar children as young as 4 or 5 might be performing several hours of household chores each day (without even a small allowance as compensation).

On top of that, fans fear for the health and happiness of Jana Duggar, who has allegedly been discouraged from marrying and starting a family of her own so that she can assist her parents with raising their younger children.

At the center of this controversy, of course, is matriarch Michelle.

And questions about just how much work the 50-year-old does around the Duggar compound came to the forefront in the comments section of a recent Facebook photo:

“Making Chicken and Dumplings with Momma! Love time with my little girls!!” Michelle captioned the photo.

“Does [Michelle Duggar] ever really do anything? She’s always taking pictures and narrating but the kids are doing the work from a young age,” one fan commented on the photo.

“Have you not seen them sweeping and doing hard work at like 2 years old? Have you not seen the little 9-year-olds cooking dinner for 15+people?”

“The show has been on the air for how many seasons, and yet, not once has Michelle cooked a meal,” wrote another.

“It’s always the kids doing it while mom and dad sit around saying ‘I’m hungry where’s dinner’. It’s sad really. Chores are one thing but making a 1-year-old use a vacuum or mop that’s way bigger than them isn’t right.”

Michelle defended her hands-off approach to child-rearing in a recent interview with Parenting magazine.

“Everyone has jurisdictions, or chores, in our house,” Michelle said.

“We all have our areas where we are responsible … They all feel like they are a very important part of life, and that teaches responsibility.”

Fortunately for Michelle, it seems her “jurisdiction” consists primarily of documenting household activities on Facebook.

It’s a tough job, but … actually, no one has to do it,

Watch Counting On online for more on reality TV’s most controversial family.


Caitlyn Jenner: The Kardashians Don’t Want Anything to Do With Me!

Not everything this year has gone as Caitlyn Jenner had hoped.

True, she might be dating a hot blonde 21-year-old, but Cait has been thoroughly disappointed by Trump. And she’s also become estranged from various Kardashians — from her family.

Caitlyn is publicly lamenting that the Kardashians want her out of their lives.

Caitlyn Jenner spoke about her memoir, The Secrets of My Life, and its detrimental effect on her relationship with the Kardashians at the Cambridge Union on Monday night.

And this sounds pretty rough.

“It’s been a little bit tough over the past couple of years on the Kardashian side.”

Yeah, we’d say so. Especially since April, when the memoir was published.

“To be honest, I don’t talk to them anymore. Kim I haven’t talked to in a year.”

That tracks, more or less. Back in September, we learned that Caitlyn and Kim hadn’t spoken in 9 months.

(11 months is “a year,” for most intents and purposes)

“They don’t want me in their lives, they bashed me pretty badly.”

We saw quite a lot of that, with Caitlyn getting called insane by her own family on Keeping Up With The Kardashians over some of the things that were written in her book.

“It’s devastating when your kids do that. It really hurt.”

Remember, folks — Caitlyn fathered Kendall and Kylie, but she’s been Kim and Kourtney and Khloe and Rob’s dad for decades, too.

Caitlyn doesn’t feel that their responses are justified.

“I tried to be honest in my book — very fair and very nice. Unfortunately, they didn’t take it that way.”

Honesty is not always the best policy — particularly when writing a memoir about your very famous, still-living family members.

But Caitlyn emphasizes that the Kardashians were not the focus.

“In the book I express some opinions and got shut down. It was not about the Kardashians.”

Sure, but obviously people are going to latch onto Kardashian news.

“They were only mentioned on 20 pages.”

Do you know how much any one of us could upset people in our lives by telling 100% truthful stories about them in just 20 pages?

You could lose every friend and family member that you have with too much honesty.

You gotta have a filter, folks. Yes, even when writing a memoir. You don’t need to lie; you just need to edit.

But Caitlyn thinks that the Kardashians doing what they do — turning every circumstance into entertainment for their own professional and financial benefit — is to blame for the perception that Caitlyn’s book was negative towards them.

“They made it more about them on television. The book was about my life. That caused a lot of the separation between us.”

Like we said, they sure did talk about it on their show.

But when you speak negatively of your celebrity family members outside of, like, a therapist’s office, don’t expect for them to be super chill about it.

Caitlyn seems to be regarding her book, because it is a memoir, as some sort of sacrosanct confessional whose contents should be untouchable.

But … it’s a book, and the Kardashians are (mostly) real people with (arguably) real feelings.

It’s important for us to note that Caitlyn still gets along with some members of what’s considered the Kardashian clan.

Caitlyn is still close with Kylie. Cait appeared on Life of Kylie. and the two regularly hang out on Father’s Day.

Also, Caitlyn took her gal pal Sophia Hutchins to Kendall Jenner’s 22nd birthday party.

That was potentially a little awkward, since Cait’s “friend” is still only 21 and therefore younger than Kendall, but it shows that Caitlyn and Kendall are still getting along.

Still, it’s sad to see a family torn apart. We wonder if they’ll mend fences or just resign themselves to this estrangement.


Counting On Recap: Wedding Planning is Anything But Joy

With her big day fast approaching, Joy-Anna Duggar was in prime wedding planning mode last night on Counting On Season 5 Episode 2.

The teenage bride-to-be hit up string of stores with the aim of finding the perfect dress – and tasted wedding cakes for good measure.

If you watch Counting On online, you know that courtships, engagements, weddings, pregnancies and babies are a big part of the show.

Okay, they’re the entire show.

That being said, wedding planning is not all it’s cracked up to be, in Tontitown or anywhere, as Joy-Anna and Austin Forsyth discovered.

Joy called the planning process “overrated” during her boring cake tasting, where Austin looked like he might slip into a coma.

“I don’t know, I don’t care!” Joy said at one point when Austin asked which she liked best. Closest they’ll ever come to a fight.

It’s a tough thing to go through, being pregnant before a shotgun wedding and all. (Kidding … but only mostly kidding, right?)

In all seriousness, worrying about bridesmaids’ dresses, cake testings, and wedding dress shopping can sure make one’s head spin.

Not to mention home renovations.

Austin said that if their house wasn’t finished – they were fixing it up at this time – before the wedding, he “didn’t know” what they’d do.

Seriously, where do you put the baby she’s already carrying but you’re not telling people about until the fast-tracked nuptials are over?

Kidding again. Mostly, again.

“As long as I get to marry him, I can live anywhere,” Joy said, downplaying concerns about the house and looking at what truly matters.

She is very sweet. Almost as sweet as that wedding cake probably tastes … not that she was particularly enthused about any of that.

“What do you want? It’s your cake,” Austin said to his indecisive future wife, who couldn’t make up her mind, but responded, “It’s OUR cake.”

That’s news to Mr. Forsyth.

Picking out bridesmaids dresses was not any easier, though Joy’s mother Michelle and some of her older sisters helped out on that.

Jessa Duggar could tell Joy was not enjoying the process, and decided to take on some of the responsibility so she wouldn’t be overwhelmed.

“I don’t even know how to do this stuff,” Joy said, getting emotional as she confided in her older sister. “That’s why I need your help.”

Fortunately, we know all is right with the world. Joy-Anna, Austin and their unborn baby (maybe) walked down the aisle May 26.