Jill Duggar and her husband Derick Dillard recently sat down for an interview with TLC to talk about parenthood since their first son, Israel, just turned two and they’re expecting baby No. 2! Jill and Derick admitted that they're still asking their family members for parenting tips — and fans can’t help but wonder if they’re adopting controversial ones like blanket training!
The latest controversy started when the couple opened up about their son’s communication skills and Derick revealed that his two-year-old can be “manipulative.”
“Human nature is still there because if he wants something he’ll say, ‘I love you, Papi,’” the 28-year-old said. “Like if he’s really trying to get something, to butter you up — right before he asks for something.”
That quote sparked a heated discussion on The Duggar Family Facebook page — and fans were not happy with Derick’s comment about his son. One fan interpreted his “human nature” comment to mean that they haven’t fully trained him yet, and another fan wrote, “It's terrible to think of a baby as manipulative, it's all coming from the Pearl's book.”
The fan mentioned the book titled To Train Up a Child — Child Training for the 21st Century, written by Michael and Debi Pearl — which is used as a parenting guide by evangelical Christians to teach obedience. The book suggests that parents use corporal punishment in order to “train” children to obey their parents — and many believe that Jill’s mother Michelle Duggar has used some of the controversial methods from the book to raise her 19 children, including blanket training.
Blanket training is one of the first methods that the Pearls offer to parents in order to start the training process. Babies are placed on a blanket and if they attempt to roll over or crawl off the edge, parents are instructed to hit their child with a flexible ruler or another instrument. After a while, the child will learn not to venture off the blanket.
This isn’t the first time Jill sparked parenting controversy. In December 2015, she posted and deleted photos of little Izzy wrapped up tightly in a blanket and the infant looked like he was crying and screaming — which many fans interpreted as another form of blanket training.
Scroll through the gallery below to see photos of the Duggar family then and now.