As fans of 19 Kids and Counting watched Jill and Jessa fall in love with and marry the men of their dreams — Derick Dillard and Ben Seewald, respectively — viewers began to focus their attention on oldest daughter, Jana Duggar, who just turned 25 and is still single.
According to one report, Jana is too busy taking care of her younger siblings to meet a man on her own — and, as a result, she’s “terrified” of ending up alone.
The only problem is that whenever Jana has spoken out about her parent’s “buddy system,” she’s made it clear that she loves being part of her younger sibling’s lives!
As part of the “buddy system,” an older child is paired with one of the younger kids to help ease Jim Bob and Michelle of parenting their entire brood. In 2008, Jana was asked in Michelle’s book, ‘The Duggars, 20 and Counting,’ if she was tired of acting like a mother to her younger siblings — and she gave a shocking answer!
Jana and her twin brother, John. Photo courtesy of the Duggar Family.
“I love working with children and I especially love being around new babies,” she said, according to the report. “You might think I get plenty of that, just being part of this big family, but I also volunteer at a children’s shelter to help entertain and visit with the little ones there.
“I have lots of other interests too, including sewing, cooking, and playing the piano, violin and harp. I also love doing friends’ and family members’ hair and I enjoy decorating and helping plan parties and political campaign events. I love being the big sister to a houseful of siblings.”