‘Counting On’: The Duggar Kids Might Have Just Subtly Hinted There Are Some Family Problems

The Duggar family is one of America’s largest families; Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar raised 19 kids, mostly due to their religion and disbelief in birth control methods. But now that some of the kids have grown up and started families of their own, many of them have their own Instagram accounts. However, Mother’s Day revealed that only one Duggar child posted a photo of their mother on the holiday — could it signal drama within the family?

The Duggar family
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 11: The Duggar family visits “Extra” at their New York studios at H&M in Times Square on March 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)

Michelle and Jim Bob raised their kids in a very strict household

When Michelle and Jim Bob started a family, they decided to take parenting in a whole new direction compared to most modern American families. The two opted not to use birth control after getting pregnant on the pill and going through a miscarriage. They also chose to raise their kids with many strict rules. The Duggar children were not allowed to watch television or listen to modern music. They were homeschooled and mostly interacted with other kids at their church.

The kids also couldn’t casually date — they could only court. The kids often enter courtships at a young age, and they typically only court for a few months before they get engaged. Plus, no intimacy is allowed before marriage.

Jessa Duggar was the only person to post a photo of Michelle on Mother’s Day

Now that most of the kids have grown up and moved out, they’ve started to live lives that are slightly different from the way they were raised. Jinger and Jill Duggar have taken on much more modern lifestyles since marrying, which include haircuts and ripped jeans.

Other siblings, such as Jessa Duggar and Joe Duggar, seem to be following closely in their parents’ footsteps. And when Mother’s Day rolled around on May 10, Jessa was the only Duggar child to celebrate her mom on social media for the holiday. Jinger Duggar did mention her mother in her photo caption but posted a photo of her with her daughter instead. Other Duggars didn’t even acknowledge the holiday, while Jill Duggar posted a photo of herself and her son to her Instagram story, wishing a happy holiday to all other moms.  

Some fans have questioned the relationships between the kids and their parents

Although there has never been any confirmed drama within the family, fans have questioned the Duggar kids’ relationships with their parents. Now that many are old enough to think for themselves, fans can’t help but wonder if there is some tension between the kids and Michelle and Jim Bob.

Although it’s possible that the Duggars were busy on Mother’s Day or just didn’t feel the need to post, the lack of thank-you posts to Michelle seems odd for a family that is so involved with social media. Oddly, none of the kids commented on Jessa’s post to her mother, nor did anyone comment on the post that Michelle had written on the family Instagram. If there is any drama, the Duggars have kept it private. But it seems interesting that the kids would overlook such a meaningful holiday — especially when social media has become such an important way to express affection.