During their decade on television, the Duggar family has faced a lot of criticism about how they raise children. Some of it is ridiculous, like when fans went after Counting On star Jessa Duggar and her husband, Ben Seewald, for living too close to a highway. But, there have been some accusations that are causes for concern. Could Jim Bob and Michelle’s strict parenting methods sometimes cross the line into abuse?
Duggar fans are worried that the family’s grown children are continuing Jim Bob and Michelle’s legacy of violence and neglect, and they demand answers about the “Pearl Method” of disciplining children. In recent weeks there have been some troubling signs from videos family members have posted on social media. In one video, Jill scolded her fussy toddler with an extremely stern tone.
It is impossible to tell from that video how far Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, will go when it comes to disciplining their young children. But now, the concern is what they aren’t sharing with fans.
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Fueling the speculation that what is going on when cameras aren’t rolling could possibly be abuse is the revelation that the Duggars still associate with Debi and Michael Pearl. The Pearls are the authors of To Train Up A Child, which is a book that advises parents to use corporal punishment with small children, including a method known as blanket training.
According to The Hollywood Gossip, blanket training is a barbaric activity where children as young as six months old are put on a blanket, and if they move after being told to stay put, parents are to whack them with a blunt object.
The New York Times has reported that police have found copies of the Pearls’ book at the homes of two different kids who died after their parents abused them.
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The Duggars have never publicly advocated spanking or striking their children, but during Josh’s molestation scandal in 2015, the redacted police report did reveal that Jim Bob and Michelle do spank their kids.
They also haven’t shied away from supporting the Pearls. For years, the Duggar family had a link on their website to the controversial book. And this year, the Pearls were scheduled speakers at an event hosted by Joy-Anna’s in-laws.
The concerns about this latest Duggar family controversy continue to grow quickly, and the reactions on social media are not good.
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