After TLC canceled their show 19 Kids & Counting, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar added child number twenty to their large family, but not many fans knew about their new son, Tyler. He stands out because he doesn’t have a “J” name like the other Duggar kids, and that is the result of him coming into their lives a little differently. But even though their family continues to grow, they still find themselves linked to a child abuse scandal that is causing some controversy.
The Duggars adopted Tyler back in 2016 and made it official on their Facebook page last year when they announced his 9th birthday. And in November, the courts granted the former reality TV couple permanent guardianship of Tyler, who is Michelle’s grand-nephew.
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According to Mommyish, Tyler is the grandson of Carolyn, Michelle’s sister. When Carolyn’s teenage daughter, Rachel, couldn’t take care of her son, he went to live with his grandma. But after Carolyn suffered a stroke, Tyler went to live with Jim Bob and Michelle.
A source close to the family says that they couldn’t be happier.
“Jim Bob and Michelle have made the child feel right at home. They treat him like their own, and he looks up to them as parents,” reveals the insider.
This past weekend, the family wished Tyler a happy 10th birthday on their Facebook page, calling him a “joy and a delight,” and adding that they are looking forward to another great year.
Several people joined in with the birthday wishes in the comments section but didn’t know who Tyler was.
This all comes in the middle of another Duggar scandal, this time with connections to a couple who authored a controversial book that preaches physical discipline of children.
Michael and Debi Pearl, authors of To Train Up A Child, are scheduled to speak at the Fort Rock Family Camp and Retreat Center in June and October. Joy-Anna Duggar-Forsyth’s in-laws own the camp, and Jim Bob and Michelle supported the couple’s appearance by posting a link on their official Facebook page.
In the book, the Pearls write about using a switch on a child as young as six-months to discourage bad behavior. They also suggest in the book that parents use a quarter-inch flexible plumbing line to hit children on the arms, legs, and back.
The book was in the homes of three children who died from child abuse.
The Duggars are courting more controversy after endorsing Michael Pearl, the child abuse-teaching pastor who's currently scheduled to appear at a family-owned Christian camp: https://t.co/uU7aDRF92w
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Many fans were not thrilled with the Duggar’s endorsement, but author Michael Pearl defended his book by saying that it has sold over a million copies and the content has blessed many families.
He also says that it doesn’t teach you to punish children, but it is instead a comprehensive approach to child training, with physical discipline being a small part of it.
Pearl added that he doesn’t know the Duggars personally and has only met Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar once.
The famous family returns with new episodes of Counting On, February 26, on TLC.