‘Counting On’: Here’s Why Fans Think Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard Favor One Child Way More Than the Other

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard have two boys, Samuel and Israel, whom they do their best to parent. However, Duggar has always received some flak from fans for how she’s raising her two kids. Between homeschooling and home cooking, people haven’t always been pleased with Duggar’s choices. But some fans even think that Duggar and Dillard blatantly treat one son much worse than the other.

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Duggar’s parenting has come under fire in the past

It seems that no matter how hard Duggar tries, fans don’t show her any love for her parenting. Duggar once posted a photo to Instagram of her homeschooling books for her children, and people attacked her for thinking she could teach better than an educated teacher. (Duggar was homeschooled by her mother and never attended college.) Duggar has also posted photos of recipes her family makes, and fans have scoffed at them; some have even suggested it shows the family was raised in a food-insecure environment, since the recipes don’t appear to be high quality and often are made with extremely affordable ingredients.

Fans don’t love the Dillard family anymore

When Counting On first premiered, Duggar and Dillard were the stars of the show. However, Dillard posted negative comments on Twitter back in 2017, which insulted other TLC stars, and many who watch the various TLC shows were unhappy with Dillard’s comments. As a result, TLC and the whole Dillard family parted ways, so Duggar is no longer a part of the show with her siblings. The situation made some fans question Dillard and Duggar’s morals even more, and the family has since gained a lot of haters. Though some still love and respect them, Duggar is one of viewers’ least favorite family members.  

Some have accused Duggar and Dillard of treating their younger son poorly

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Fans think Duggar and Dillard favor their older son, Israel.

Those who watch the show often take to Reddit to discuss their opinions on matters regarding the family members. And one Reddit thread highlighted the differences between the way Duggar and Dillard treat their kids. Fans think the two treat their older son, Israel, much better than they treat their younger son, Samuel. “Sam’s not often in pictures, rarely out of his car seat, and, if possible, tolerated even less then Israel. Is it because he wasn’t the girl Jill wanted?” the original post read. The comment received 103 votes, 99% of which were in agreement. The original poster also suggested that it could be because of the difficult pregnancy.

Fans think Duggar’s difficult pregnancy could be responsible   

Another user agreed that Duggar’s problems during pregnancy, which are supposedly the reasons she hasn’t had any more kids, could be to blame. “If she is unable to get pregnant again due to his birth, he may fall in the [scapegoat] category,” the user wrote.

Despite the criticism from those who watch the show, Duggar and Dillard most likely love their sons equally. It’s possible that since Israel is older than Samuel, Duggar features him in photos more often. His life might generally be a bit more interesting at his age, which could also be why it seems like Duggar pays more attention to him. Regardless, there is no hard evidence to suggest that the parents love either child more than the other.