‘Counting On’ Rebel Jinger Duggar Confirms Daughter Felicity Will Be Allowed to Play Sports
Jinger Duggar is getting ready to break more Duggar family rules. The sixth of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19 children has sometimes been called the “rebel” of her conservative family because of her decisions to wear pants and move away from her Arkansas hometown. Now, she’s revealing that she’s drifting even further from her parents’ strict ideas about raising children. In a recent episode of The Hope We Hold, the podcast she co-hosts with her husband Jeremy Vuolo, the Counting On star said she’d have no issue if her daughter Felicity wanted to play organized sports, something she wasn’t allowed to do growing up.
Jinger Duggar says it would be ‘cool’ if Felicity wanted to play soccer
When Jinger was a child, she and her many siblings weren’t involved in organized sports, though they did play games as a family. In contrast, Jeremy was quite athletic. He played soccer in college and after graduation played professionally in Europe before joining the New York Red Bulls.
In a Q&A on the Sept. 30 episode of their podcast, the couple revealed that fans often asked them if their daughter would be “allowed” to play sports. Jinger said she wouldn’t have any reservations about Felicity participating in sports.
“Yes, I think so,” Jinger said. “If she wants to play soccer like her dad, that would be really cool. I would love to see Felicity playing soccer.”
“Maybe you’ll be her soccer coach one day,” she said to her husband.
Jeremy added that he was eager to encourage his daughter’s interests whatever they were.
“I’m really excited to see what her passions are,” the seminary student said. “She’s into music, she loves to dance, she’s athletic.”
Jinger and Jeremy say they’d consider sending their daughter to public school
Fans were also curious to know if Jinger and Jeremy planned to send their daughter to public school, private school, or homeschool. The couple said they hadn’t made a decision yet, but indicated they were open to all options.
“We just have to see … what options we have,” Jinger said. “At this point, we don’t know as far as schooling goes.”
Jeremy said the most important thing to them was that they were able to raise their daughter to share their values. But that didn’t have to mean taking on all her education themselves.
“Oftentimes, Christians get into these patterns of thinking in categories like, ‘public school: bad; home school: good,’” he said. “Well, not necessarily. You might be in a place where homeschool is terribly and the public school is an amazing option. Or vice versa.”
Will Jinger follow her sister Jill Duggar’s lead?
Jinger was entirely homeschooled, while Jeremy was homeschooled for much of his life. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll follow the same path for their kids. Jinger may take a cue from her older sister Jill, who has broken with her family’s tradition of homeschooling. Her oldest son Israel recently started kindergarten at a public school in Arkansas.
“We felt like this was the right timing for us,” Jill said of her decision to go with public school over homeschool. “We moved right next to a really good school and in a good community, so I think it just made sense for us right now.”