Jessa Duggar is doing things her way now that she is a married woman and a mom of two young boys. The 25-year-old has chosen not to follow in her parent’s footsteps and is instead allowing her kids to watch television. Will the reality star continue to defy Jim Bob and Michelle’s super strict rules?
Duggar, who married Ben Seewald in November 2014, recently posted a video on Instagram of herself and her one-year-old son Henry watching HGTV’s Fixer Upper. Henry sits with his eyes wide open and is seemingly addicted to the home makeover show in the video she captioned with “Glued.”
This is a bold move for Duggar, who grew up in a home where her parents didn’t allow the kids to watch television unless it was a wholesome program on DVD.
Her dad, Jim Bob, also revealed to the Huffington Post back in 2011 that he and his wife Michelle used to watch TV many years ago, but it was “detrimental to their marriage.”
Because of Jim Bob and Michelle’s bad experience, the Duggar clan avoided TV, even though the family became famous because they allowed cameras to document their lives for a reality television show.
But, for Jessa, she has made the decision that home reno shows are OK for Henry and his older brother, Spurgeon. However, the episode the mom and son enjoyed the other night wasn’t exactly baby-friendly.
They watched a home demolition, which involved Waco, Texas couple Chip and Joanna Gaines slamming furniture with hammers.
Jessa isn’t the only Duggar to rebel against her family’s conservative lifestyle. Her little sister Jinger has rocked tight-fitting outfits that often feature jeans and heels. Meanwhile, Jill pierced her nose and sports a henna tattoo.
The Seewalds are doing things differently because Ben is a Calvinist who believes in predestination – the idea that people will sin, but God has chosen to save some and not others, regardless of what they do in life.
Jessa’s parents are Independent Fundamentalist Baptists who believe that if you follow God’s teachings, you can do no wrong. If you do sin, it is because you neglected God, not because he allowed you to do so.
The two religions differ in some respects but are similar in others. They both believe that children are a gift and don’t believe in the use of contraception.
The Seewalds obviously subscribe to this theory. They have been married for a little over three years and already have two children. And, some fans believe baby number three is on the way.
In a recent photo on the family’s Facebook page, Ben has his hand on Jessa’s belly and she is wearing loose fitting clothes, and that has caused rumors that she is expecting once again.
Catch Jessa Duggar and Ben Seewald when Season 7 of Counting On premieres later this month.