Jessa Duggar plans to raise her son Spurgeon very differently than how she was raised by her mom Michelle Duggar. Jessa, who was molested by her brother Josh as a child, said religion will be the foundation of her parenting.
“Spurgeon is still pretty young, but I’m sure that as he continues to grow, I will find that I tend to do some things differently than my mom did,” Jessa told Us. “That’s the beauty of the individual family. No one is identical.”
There will be variations with little things here and there, but I know that our foundational goals remain the same: to raise our kids to love God and be a blessing to others.”
Jessa gave birth to son Spurgeon in November 2015. Since then, she has turned to her mom Michelle (who had 19 kids) for parenting advice, but is doing well on her own.
“Every time I come to my mom for advice, she always reminds me that I’ve got this,” said Jessa. “There’s no pressure to do things just exactly how she did them, but I’m so grateful for all her advice and help.”
Even when I feel overwhelmed, she’s always there to encourage me and tell me, ‘You’re doing a great job!’ That gives me the courage to trust my instincts and do what I feel is best for my baby.”
Jessa revealed on a recent episode of “Jill and Jessa: Counting On” that her brother Josh’s child molestation and cheating scandals nearly destroyed the entire family, as Examiner has reported. “It was very difficult, and we cried a lot of tears,” said Jessa. “It was especially difficult for me because I had spoken out for Josh and stood up for him.”
Jessa was especially upset that even after standing by Josh during the child molestation ordeal, he lied to her and the rest of the family about cheating on his wife, Anna. “There were some things that he was hiding and that he wasn’t being honest about,” said Jessa.
Josh recently returned home to Arkansas after spending seven months in rehab for porn and sex addictions. Before entering rehab, Josh admitted he had cheated on his wife with several women, including porn star Danica Dillon.
The Duggar family’s hit TV show, “19 Kids and Counting,” was canceled in July 2015 after 10 seasons amid news that Josh had sexually molested 5 underage girls — including 4 of his sisters — when he was 14.
The cancellation of “19 Kids” has been a major financial drain on the Duggars, who earned $25,000 to $45,000 per episode. The Duggars have not been able to make for the lost income with other jobs.
The future of the Duggars’ reality TV gravy train is in jeopardy amid speculation that TLC may cancel “Jill and Jessa: Counting On” after numerous sponsors dumped the show. Several major advertisers — including Verizon Wireless, the UPS Store and Choice Hotels — pulled their ads, saying they don’t want their customers to think they’re condoning child abuse.