Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have 19 children, and their parenting tactics have come into question over the years. The couple is deeply religious and believes in plenty of family rules to keep all their kids aligned with God. And there’s plenty of speculation they used blanket training when their kids were young.
Amy Duggar, the outspoken Duggar family cousin, took to Instagram to condemn blanket training and call it abusive. Here’s what she wrote.
The Duggar family uses a parenting method known as ‘blanket training’
From strict dress code to courtship rules, Jim Bob and Michelle are quite strict when their kids are young. And there’s plenty of speculation that the parents believe in blanket training babies.
Michael and Debi Pearl promote the practice in their book, To Train Up a Child. Blanket training was created to teach children discipline, as the baby is to be placed on a blanket in the center of a room and taught to remain on the blanket on their own. If the child moves off the blanket, the parents are to hit the child with a light object so they don’t move off of the space again.
Many have suspected some of Jim Bob and Michelle’s adult kids who have children of their own also utilize blanket training. Back in 2015, Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard posted a photo of their son wrapped in a blanket, and many thought this was an indication they were following in Jim Bob and Michelle’s footsteps.
Amy Duggar just condemned blanket training on her Instagram
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There is NO blanket training happening at this house!! I want my child to roam free and to feel safe doing so! I want him to explore and be curious and make messes! Yes we will be right beside him every step of the way. Dill and I believe that a blanket should be used for comfort only!!! Children need love and acceptance and praise! They shouldn't ever be controlled. And there's a fine line between re- direction and abuse. Our child will not grow up being fearful!
Amy’s made it clear she’s nothing like Jim Bob and Michelle. Now that Jill has taken a serious step away from her family, Amy’s taking Jill’s side. And it seems she’s getting even more outspoken via Instagram, as she just seriously condemned blanket training.
On Sept. 21, Amy posted a series of photos of her son playing. It looks like he’s freely roaming about her home with his toys scattered about.
“There is NO blanket training happening at this house!!” she captioned her post. “I want my child to roam free and to feel safe doing so! I want him to explore and be curious and make messes! Yes we will be right beside him every step of the way. Dill and I believe that a blanket should be used for comfort only!!!”
Amy then added that “children need love and acceptance,” and blanket training is just another way to control them. “And there’s a fine line between re- direction and abuse” she added. “Our child will not grow up being fearful!”
Amy’s called the method ‘crap’ in the past as well
This might be the first time Amy’s been so public with her outrage over blanket training, but it’s not the first time she’s condemned the practice. Back in February 2020, CafeMom reported Amy posted a photo of her husband napping with her son. And a fan asked Amy in the comments about blanket training.
“I’m guessing you’re not doing that blanket training crap?” the fan commented. “Good for you.”
“No way!” Amy wrote back. “I don’t believe in that crap!”
It seems Amy’s commenting back to followers on her most recent post about blanket training as well. One follower wrote, “It’s clear she likes to throw people under the bus when no one ever said she was blanket training. I don’t see any of the Duggar kids doing this to their own children.” They then added that the statement was “stupid” to say in the first place.
“No it’s not,” Amy commented. “I’ve had soo many people ask me. Thought I’d make it clear where we stand in the King family!”
We’re glad Amy’s taking a public stance on the controversial parenting method for all to see!
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