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Jessa Duggar Claps Back at Mom-Shamers: I’ll Potty Train My Kids When I Want To!

If you follow any of the Duggar women on social media, you know that many of their followers enjoy pointing out their various flaws as parents.

It’s anyone’s guess as to why these people still follow the Duggars despite finding them so objectionable, but that’s the internet in 2018 for you.

Anyway, the target of choice these days seems to be Jessa Duggar.

Jessa is mom to two young boys — 2-year-old Spurgeon (feel free to pause and cringe at that name before reading any further), and 1-year-old Henry.

Like the other Duggar women, Jessa also homeschools her kids, which is one of the many reasons people enjoy closely scrutinizing her parenting.

Though the biggest reason still seems to be that the Duggars are basically a one-family cult, and there’s reason to believe some of their “strict” child-rearing practices cross the line into abusive territory.

But the mom-shamers of Instagram aren’t attacking Michelle Duggar for her “blanket training.”

No, they’re more focused on Jessa Duggar’s messy house and other perceived lapses in parenting prowess.

This time around, they’re focused on Jessa’s alleged failure to foster her kids’ development.

Specifically, they want to know why Spurgeon isn’t potty trained yet.

Jessa recently posted the above pic, along with a caption reading:

“I’ve never known another little boy who’s more in love with mowers, tractors and skid steers,”

“It makes his day if he gets to sit in the seat and ‘drive’ it.”

Predictably fans freaked at the sight of Lil Spurge in a diaper.

Spurgeon will be 3 years old in a manner of weeks, and it seems many of Jessa’s followers feel that’s much too old to still be rocking Huggies.

When one follower remarked that the Spurge  “should be out of diapers by now,” Jessa actually took time to respond:

“My philosophy is that if they aren’t able to do the whole thing from pulling their pants down and getting themselves on the toilet, to pulling their pants back up, and washing their hands, then they aren’t ready,” Jessa said.

“Otherwise it feels like it’s actually the parent who’s potty training and doing all the work. 

“Lol! I’ve been around kids, and I’m aware of the signs of readiness. My two-year-old is getting close, but not quite there, so we’re not rushing it.”

Yeah, she’s still a Duggar, so she responded in the fake-polite fashion her family is known for.

But hey, a clap back is a clap back.

So let that be a lesson to the rest of you mom-shamers:

There’s a very small chance that Jessa might politely disagree with your observation!

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Jessa Duggar: I Know Why Jana Is Still Single!

On last night’s episode of Counting On, the Duggars attempted to answer a question that’s very familiar to fans.

The mystery of why Jana Duggar is still single is a subject of near-constant discussion on social media, and yet it’s rarely discussed by the Duggars themselves.

At one point in the episode, a tree had to be moved from one of the Duggars’ many properties to one of the Duggars’ many other properties.

While the guys are hemming and hawing over how best to accomplish this feat, Jana takes control of the situation.

She hops in an excavator and moves the damn tree like it’s ain’t no thing.

Jana’s take-charge attitude and impressive ability to operate heavy machinery prompts Jessa to heap praise upon her sister.

“Jana is a ‘Jana of all trades,'” Jessa says.

“She can do anything. She can wire an outlet. She can run the big machinery. She can do it all.”

Jana accepts the compliment with her signature modesty.

“I enjoy doing a lot of different things, so I guess I could be a ‘Jack of all trades’ or a ‘Jana of all trades,’ Jana says.

“But there’s things I’m not good at. Sports is one of them.”

Jessa presses forward, speculating that Jessa’s talents might be too much for some potential suitors to handle.

“That may be why some of the guys are scared away,” Jessa says.

“They just feel like ‘This girl can do anything. What can I do? What can I do compared to that?'”

Jessa adds:

“Just kidding. Don’t let that deter you. She says it’s okay if a guy’s not as smart as her. Just come, and she might give you a chance.”

This isn’t the first time it’s been suggested that Jana is simply too good for the men she encounters living in Tontitown.

Is it possible that the men in her area are simply too insecure to date a woman who’s more skilled and knowledgeable in traditionally “manly” areas than they are?

If so, maybe it’s time for Jana to seek out greener pastures.

We’re sure Jim Bob would be opposed to the idea at first, but he could probably be talked into it.

For one thing, Jana moving to a big city in search of love would make for a great spin-off.

On top of that, it would distract from the rumors that she’s dating Laura DeMasie.

Explain it to JB like that, and we’re guessing he would suddenly think it’s a wonderful idea.

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Jessa Duggar: SLAMMED For Surprising Photo of Son Henry!

Considering just about everything she posts online results in some seriously virulent mom-shaming, it’s amazing that Jessa Duggar hasn’t just deleted her Instagram account.

But in defiance of the haters, Jessa continues to post regular updates on her life as a stay-at-home mom of two boys.

And fans continue to love her for it.

Yes, Jessa is roasted for her “bad parenting” on an almost-daily basis, but she also receives a good deal of praise from fans who are enamored with her approach to child-rearing.

Generally speaking, the positive far outweighs the negative in Jessa’s comments sections.

But if she’s anything like most social media users, Jessa likely finds herself dwelling on the bad much more than she celebrates the good.

Still, she soldiers on, and continues to post pics that she must know are certain to draw criticism.

The image above certainly seems innocent enough, and it quickly racked up more than 70,000 likes.

“Henry on the weekend,” Jessa captioned the pic, along with a laughing emoji.

As usual, most of the comments consisted of gushing commentary on the cuteness of Jessa’s kids.

But as always, a handful of haters felt the need to rain on her parade.

“I thought electronics for kids were a no no,” commented one follower.

“Quick, take the cellphone away before he gets hooked,” wrote another.

And it wasn’t just concerns about Henry enjoying too much screen time.

Others complained about his appearance, accusing Jessa of photographing her son in an unkempt state.

Fortunately, Mrs. Seewald didn’t need to confront the critics herself.

She has an army of loyal supporters for that:

“And cue all the mommy-shaming,” remarked one fan.

“His hair isn’t brushed, he’s not dressed, playing on a phone or tablet isn’t interaction or the type of interaction a baby needs…blah, blah, blah.”

“People please! If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing! Why do ppl have to be so Ugly!” commented another.

Of course, since the vast majority of comments were positive, the army of Jessa defenders looks sort of silly here.

As far as we can tell, there’s a group of people who wait for the negative comments to appear just so they can court Jessa’s favor by refuting them.

In a way, they’re just as weird as the people who compulsively complain about her parenting.

It’s a photo of a toddler, folks.

Appreciate the adorableness and move on.

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Jessa Duggar Shares Her ONE Critical Piece of Marital Advice

Jessa Duggar married Ben Seewald on November 1, 2014.

Since then, the couple has welcomed two kids into their blissful world, a two-year old named Spurgeon and a 17-month old named Henry.

Has the relationship between spouses been perfect? No, of course not.

But Jessa believes it has remained strong and powerful due to one main piece of advice that she tries to follow on a daily basis.

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1. The Wedding

Ben seewald and jessa duggar
Jessa and Ben exchanged vows at First Baptist Church in Bentonville, Arkansas, which is where Jessa’s sister Jill Duggar also married Derick Dillard.

2. There Were Over 1,000 Guests in Attendance

Ben seewald and jessa duggar picture
But no one got to witness the couple’s very first kiss. “They wanted their very first kiss ever to be in private,” Pastor Mike Schadt told People. “It was important to the both of them.”

3. Meet the Family

Seewald family
Fast forward about three-and-a-half years and here is a photo of the very happy family, as Ben and Jessa have been gushing about parenthood ever since they welcomed little Spurgeon into their famous universe.

4. How Does Jessa Make the Marriage Work?

Jessa and ben seewald date night
Two young kids. TLC cameras all around. Where do Ben and Jessa find time for each other and how does the relaitonship remain strong? It goes beyond mere date nights, Jessa tells Us Weekly.

5. In a Word? Be GRACIOUS.

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“Never stop showing gratitude to your spouse for all the things they do to help out,” Duggar tells the tabloid. “It doesn’t matter how big or small. Sometimes couples come to expect things of each other and they stop noticing and appreciating things the other one does to help out with the kids or keep the household running smoothly.”

6. It May Sound Simple, But…

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The Counting On star explains that it’s important to remember at all times, explaining “If your spouse volunteered to change nastiest, stinky diaper or you saw them jump up quickly to clean up a spill, make it a habit to express gratefulness and say, ‘Thank you for doing that.'”

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Jessa Duggar: Baby #3 on the Way!

Jessa Duggar is refusing to let the critics get her down.

You may think the reality star is a bad parent, but Duggar thinks otherwise.

And to prove it, or simply because she’s yearning to raise another kid, Jessa has made it clear that she’s hoping to expand her family in the near future.

“I definitely have baby fever,” Jessa says simply in the latest issue of Us Weekly, adding that husband Ben Seewalk “would be overjoyed if we were to find out we were expecting again.”

Continuing with her candor, Duggar – who is the mother of a 17-month-old son named Henry and a two-year old son named Spurgeon -also admits that she wouldn’t mind a change in gender for her next kid.

“It would be sweet to have a baby girl,” she says.

Of course, this would also serve as quite a change for the famous couple, whose lives are chronicled on the TLC series Counting On.

“We’d probably feel like we were having to start again from ground zero if we had a girl thrown in the mix,” Jessa quips in this same interview, adding:

“It seems like we’re getting this boy thing down pat.”

This is a difficult statement to debate.

Both Spurgeon and Henry are very cute and seem to be very well behaved and adjusted.

Their mother, meanwhile, has talked about giving them a sibling for several months now.

She’s even leaned in to the many rumors that have circulated around the Internet, joking back in April that she had a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT to reveal to her Instagram followers.

Clearly aware that complete strangers were debating the status of her womb, Jessa posted a picture of herself in a baggy sweatshirt and wrote:

“Bc I’ve been asked if I’m hiding a bit of a bump… BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Yes!

“But it’s currently a shrinking bump rather than a growing one. #postpartum #baggyshirts #thanksforasking.”

Still, despite her denial this past spring that a bun was growing in her oven, few doubted that a third child would eventually spring forth from there.

Jessa is still only 25 years old and she’s still a member of a family that churns out babies on the reg.

She just spent some time in Texas to assist sister Jinger Duggar, for instance, after she gave birth to her first baby.

As the Ben and Jessa think about adding to their family, the latter admits something surprising: they are considering multiple options.

To date, no Duggar child has done anything except produce a little boy or girl biologically. Might that soon change?

Says Jessa to the aforementioned tabloid:

“The desire to adopt or possibly foster is one that continues to weigh heavily on our hearts.”

That would be interesting, huh?

It would give TLC plenty of storylines with which to work.

The new season of Counting On premieres Monday, July 30, at 9/8c on TLC.

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Jessa Duggar Posts Photos of Kids, Gets Roasted For Bad Parenting

Another day, another Duggar parenting controversy.

This time, it’s Jessa’s turn once again, as the mother of two is being harshly criticized for some innocent photos that appeared on her Instagram page this week.

“I’ve never known another little boy who’s more in love with mowers, tractors and skid steers,” Jessa captioned this pic of her unfortunately-named 2-year-old, Spurgeon.

“It makes his day if he gets to sit in the seat and ‘drive’ it.”

Not surprisingly, dozens feigned concern so that they could tear Jessa apart for allowing her eldest to play on farm equipment.

Obviously, the machine isn’t turned on, and the boy was being supervised, but that’s the sort of Duggar criticism that doesn’t even surprise us anymore.

What does surprise us is the fact that fans took issue with this photo of baby Henry enjoying a snooze:

“When this kid is deep in with his chubsy toddler hands behind his head,” Jessa captioned the pic.

“It’s literally just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.”

Surely, Jessa can’t be criticized for a photo of a sleeping toddler, right?

Wrong! 

Jessa got positively roasted for this pic, and shockingly, it wasn’t for her use of the word “chubsy.”

No, her followers had beef due to the fact that little Henry appears to be wearing a diaper.

When one follower remarked that the 1-year-old “should be out of diapers by now,” Jessa violated the Duggar rules by actually replying to an online critic.

Even more surprising is the fact that she was totally polite and good-natured in her response:

“My philosophy is that if they aren’t able to do the whole thing from pulling their pants down and getting themselves on the toilet, to pulling their pants back up, and washing their hands, then they aren’t ready,” Jessa replied.

“Otherwise it feels like it’s actually the parent who’s potty training and doing all the work. Lol!

“I’ve been around kids, and I’m aware of the signs of readiness. My two-year-old is getting close, but not quite there, so we’re not rushing it.”

Yes, Jessa says not only is Henry not potty-trained, his big brother isn’t either.

And she doesn’t care what you think about it!

And of course, legions of Jessa’s fans rushed in to help her slay the troll, even the original commenter probably got the point after the first few hundred clapbacks or so:

“My 3 1/2 yr old is just now starting. Each child is different,” wrote one fan.

“You are the mom and you will know when he’ready. Hope you and Ben are doing well. You have beautiful happy boys!”

Obviously, Jessa gets slammed pretty much every time she posts a pic of her kids, so she’s probably used to it by now, but seriously folks — it’s getting out of hand.

There are so many valid reasons to criticize the Duggars that we really shouldn’t get bogged down nit-picking their parenting choices.

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Jessa Seewald Shares Super Embarrassing Ben Seewald Love Letters on Instagram

Before marriage, members of the Duggar clan are basically forbidden to even look at a member of the opposite sex.

After they get hitched, however, they’re encouraged to share their love with the entire world.

Anyone who’s seen Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar gush about one another knows that intra-marital PDA is strongly encouraged in Duggar Land.

As far as we can tell, it has to do partially with strengthening the bond between husband and wife, and partially to do with the Duggars’ ongoing efforts to convince the world they’re totally normal humans who experience actual emotions.

Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald got married back in 2014, but it seems their love for one another remains as passionate as ever.

We know this because Jessa has been following in her parents’ footsteps and proclaiming her love from a mountaintop.

And by “a mountaintop,” of course, we mean Instagram.

Ben Seewald Love Letter

“When you smile at me, it takes my breath away, like my heart has been touched by an angel,” Ben opens.

Needless to say, he set the bar pretty high from the start.

But believe it or not, Ben was able to continue stepping up his Casanova game from there.

“Your smile brightens my spirit like the first gleams of sunrise after a crisp autumn night in the Arkansas Ozarks,” he wrote.

Like whoa, Ben, leave some smooth talk for the rest of us, ya know?

Seewald goes on to write that Jessa’s grin “shines forth radiant beams of warmest love and affection” and “is worth a thousand words, even the most eloquent words of affirmation.”

Here’s the kicker:

“Your smile could melt the age-old ice cap of Antarctica.”

If you’re not talking about age-old ice caps are you even in love?

Obviously, Big Ben knocked that one straight out of the park.

Surely, you might be thinking, he must have exhausted his supply of syrupy romance with that letter, right?

Guess again, friend-o:

Jessa Duggar's Pearls

He went ahead and hit Jess with the pearl-love letter combo.

“What good are such elegant pearls if not to have the grace of being worn by one so elegant and majestic as yourself?” Seewald wrote.

That sound you heard is millions of panties hitting the floor simultaneously.

We’re pretty sure Ben is a reincarnated Civil War soldier, because no one spits poetic game like that in 2018.

Fun fact: This is the single greatest display of non-Razorback related passion in the history of the great state of Arkansas.

Watch Counting On online for more romance tips from the various Duggar dudes.

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Jana Duggar vs. Jessa Duggar: Epic Sibling Rivalry Exposed?!

The strangest facets of life in the Duggar family have been well documented over the years:

They take fundamentalist Christianity to an extreme that would make Mike Pence squirm; they’re not allowed to hug members of the opposite sex until they’re married to one; and they believe uteruses should be pushed to their physical limits in the fashion of NFL lineman.

But there’s one weird aspect of life as a Duggar that’s consistently overshadowed by all those admittedly much more bizarre practices.

You may have never noticed this, but the Duggars are always smiling.

We don’t mean most of the time — we mean that with the exception of a seriously somber occasion like a death of the revelation that one of their own supports Black Lives Matter, the Duggars basically take their facial expression cues from Heath Ledger’s Joker.

It’s impossible to imagine anyone being that chipper all the time, especially when they’re forced to share a roof with 20 other people.

(The only possible way such a living arrangement would be bearable is with 43 bathrooms. We’re not sure how the math works out, but it does.)

But despite it all, the Duggars are always grinning and Jim Bob and Michelle’s kids never have a bad word to say about one another.

There’s no way they really get along that well, of course, and as such, fans are always looking for signs of internal strife

The most common theory over the years has been that Jessa and Jana Duggar don’t get along.

And now, In Touch Weekly has uncovered some new evidence that seems to support the theory that these two sisters aren’t as close as they would have us believe.

It all begins with the now-infamous Jewelry Box Story.

It seems that when Jana and Jessa were kids, Jessa would go out of her way to annoy the hell out of Jessa.

The situation got so bad that Jessa would often come to her mother in tears, complaining about the way she had been mistreated by her younger sister.

Michelle was probably busy breastfeeding an even younger kid, so shrugged the situation off and told Jana to make like Jesus by turning the other cheek.

As such, Jana decided to gift Jessa with her most prized possession, “a pink jewelry box filled with treats,” even though “didn’t want to” and “definitely didn’t feel like doing it.”

The story was first recounted in the Duggars’ memoir as a loving family parable.

But Jana offered her version of events at an ATI conference, the tale took on a considerably different tone.

“How I can I work this out, I don’t want to go through my entire life having this bad relationship, it’s not like you can avoid your siblings,” she told the audience as she welled up with tears.

“There are people that may hurt us, there are people that may have done things to us, and that…it is our responsibility to forgive.” Jana sobbed.

(There are those who believe she was also talking about forgiving Josh Duggar in that speech, but whatever the case, it’s a reminder that the Duggars’ childhood wasn’t as idyllic as they’d have us believe.)

Sadly, it seems relations between Jana and Jessa haven’t improved much over the years.

Fans believe Jessa is guilty of shaming Jana for being the unmarried “Cinderella Duggar” and unfairly pawns her household duties off on her long-suffering older sis.

Of course, the best revenge is living well, so Jana may want to give more thought to the possibility of marrying Tim Tebow.

Watch Counting On online to look for more clues that Jana and Jessa secretly despise one another.

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Jessa Duggar Comes Clean: I Broke One of My Family’s Major Rules

It’s no secret that the Duggars adhere to a very strict code of conduct.

In fact, next to the sheer size of Jim Bob and Michelle’s brood, following rules is what they’re most famous for.

Duggar women are especially constrained, as every aspect of their day-to-day life – from clothing to interpersonal relationships – is strictly governed by regulations that are determined and enforced first by their parents, and then by their husbands.

Some of the Duggar girls have married men who are less strict than their father, which is why, for example, Jinger Duggar is allowed to wear pants.

But there are certain rules that are consistent throughout the faith-based community to which the Duggars belong.

And now it looks as though Jessa Duggar may have inadvertently violated one of those rules.

For reasons that won’t surprise anyone who’s familiar with their belief system, the Duggars are staunchly opposed to the consumption of alcohol.

Getting liquored up isn’t conducive to remaining perfectly chaste and modest at all times, and thus, booze is strictly off-limits to all Duggars, women in particular.

So you can imagine the shock among fans this week when Jessa Duggar revealed that she has, in fact, sampled the devil’s brew.

In an interview with Jessa that resurfaced and was published by In Touch Weekly, the 25-year-old revealed that she has imbibed on more than one occasion.

Though she was careful to note that she never allowed alcohol to pass through her lips intentionally.

“Not on purpose,” Jessa replied when asked if she’s ever had a drink.

“We’re really heavily in politics, and sometimes, it’s one of those fancy, ritzy events and they serve you what you think is punch, and it’s not,” she added.

“You’re like, ‘Oops, yeah, that wasn’t punch.’ That was champagne or something.”

Jessa didn’t say what her next move was in those situations, but we assume she guzzled the rest of the glass, then headed straight to the bar, where she bellows for more.

We kid, of course. 

Obviously, Jessa is no fan of the hooch, and we’re sure she’s in no hurry to break with the rest of her family on the issue of spiritous beverages.

Besides, Jessa is mom-shamed enough these days.

Imagine if word got out in the fundamentalist community that she enjoys a glass of wine from time to time!

There’s a good chance she would literally be crucified.

Watch Counting On online for more from reality TV’s most controversial clan.

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Jessa Duggar: I Have a “BIG ANNOUNCEMENT” to Make!

Attention, good people of the Internet.

Jessa Duggar would like your attention.

The veteran reality star took to her Instagram Stories page on Friday and addressed the elephant in the room, which isn’t really an accurate description of the rumors surrounding Jessa these days.

It’s more apt to say she addressed the alleged fetus in the womb.

Indeed, chatter has been ongoing for weeks now that Jessa is pregnant with her third child, despite already have a two-year old and a one-year old at home.

This would be an unusual development for some women… but for a Duggar woman?

No judgment or anything, you just never know with this family.

“Jessa is definitely pregnant and will be making an announcement in April,” a source close to the family told five weeks ago.

Lo and behold, it is now April — and Duggar did just jump on social media to say she has a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT.

She’s really expecting again?!?!?!?!?!?

No.

“Bc I’ve been asked if I’m hiding a bit of a bump… BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Yes!” Duggar captioned a photo of herself in a baggy sweatshirt yesterday, adding:

“But it’s currently a shrinking bump rather than a growing one. #postpartum #baggyshirts #thanksforasking.”

Oh.

Jessa gave birth to a son named Henry on February 7 of last year and also has a toddler named Spurgeon at home with husband Ben Seewald.

It wouldn’t surprise us one bit if the couple eventually adds to its brood with another boy or girl, but not this soon.

Heck, Jessa may not be anxious to keep cranking out kids at all if she’s gonna keep getting dragged online for the most basic of acts.

Shortly before she joked around on Instagram, Jessa posted a video of her young sons running around outside without shoes on.

“Toddlers. So cute to watch them discover all the little details in their world!” Jessa captioned the VERY innocent video.

And then she sat back and watched and horrible trolls yelled at her for being a bad mother because the kids weren’t wearing shoes.

You tell us: Did Jessa deserve crap for this footage?

In a new TLC video, it’s true that Jessa beamed as her younger sister described her experiences as a first-time expectant mother.

“It’s so much fun talking to Jinger,” said Jessa, adding:

“She’s been going through this pregnancy journey and she’s been drawing out all of the different things she’s experiencing.”

Jessa also joked that her sibling better make sure to “enjoy those extra calories!”

Does this mean she’s anxious to get pregnant herself and gobble up as much food as possible?

Not really. Don’t be fooled.

“There’s days where it feels like we have just hardly any time in the evening together,” Jessa said in a Counting On preview in response to Ben mentioning having another child.

Again, we’re certain this will happen someday.

But that day is not today. We doubt it will be tomorrow, either.

P.S. Nice joke, Jessa!

You got us with it! And it made us laugh out loud!

Always nice to see when celebrities can have fun with the many rumors floating around out there about them.

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