Jill Duggar Posts Photo of a Fun Backyard Activity With Her Kids, But Some Slam It as ‘Dangerous’
The parenting police are out again. On Feb. 16, Jill Duggar shared a photo of her two sons warming food over a fire in the family’s backyard. While some fans thought the image was cute, several slammed the former Counting On star for letting her kids engage in what they thought was an unsafe activity.
Jill Duggar makes a fire in a coffee can
In the post, Jill explains that she decided to let her boys try out a fun new activity the other day: toasting food over a fire. Her idea was a hit.
“The boys had so much fun yesterday with this little fire,” she wrote. “I saved this big can for them awhile back when I remembered how fun it was growing up that my cousins had their own coffee cans and would do this in their backyard. We finally got around to making a little fire in it and it was a success. Sam warmed up a leftover baked potato and Israel warmed up a piece of chicken and made toast with a slice of bread. Lol.”
In a follow-up comment, Jill said that she used wood, cardboard, and dryer lint to start the small coffee can fire.
Fans worry that Jill is putting her kids in danger
Many fans who commented on Jill’s Instagram post thought her impromptu backyard barbeque looked like a ton of fun.
“Love it! Fun idea, will try it too,” wrote one.
“These are memories they’ll love and remember,” commented another.
But some people worried that Jill was being reckless.
“Looks dangerous,” one wrote.
“So your son has to wear a stupid plastic bib to eat but makeshift, dryer lint firepit, no biggie?” wondered someone else.
Supporters countered that Jill was clearly supervising the activity and that her kids were likely safe.
This isn’t the first time mom-shamers have come for Jill
The negative comments about Jill’s makeshift firepit are not the first time she’s been slammed for her parenting decisions.
She’s been criticized for making her kids wear silicone bibs when they eat, even though her oldest is four years old. More recently, some people called her out when she posted a video of her son learning to ride a bike, since they thought the two-wheeler was too small. Others have told her that she’s using car seats wrong and is hurting the environment by using paper plates and other disposable dishes. Even seemingly innocuous acts like taking her kids to the public library can bring out the critics.
Clearly, not everyone agrees with the way Jill and her husband Derick Dillard have decided to parent their children. But Jill doesn’t appear to be bothered by their comments (or if she is, she’s not letting on). She generally doesn’t respond to social media critics and continues to post about her life as a stay-at-home mom to two boys.
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