Jill Duggar’s son, Sam, who is two years of age, was recently diagnosed with a dust allergy. This means that Duggar has had to figure out creative ways to keep dust out of her home! She’s doing a great job in our opinion, but it seems that fans don’t agree.
She asked for tips on how to deal with her son and his allergies, she was called out for not cleaning enough, instead. What a group, right?
The original Instagram post read:
“? Stuffies in the freezer! We recently found out Sam has strong allergies to dust! ? Both of the boys love their stuffies…so when the allergist mentioned they could be contributing to collection of dust it made total sense! .
? In addition to being better at washing bedding and vacuuming at least once a week (I know…we still have carpet ?), the allergist recommended freezing anything that’s tough to wash at least once a month for 48-72 hrs. to hopefully kill the dust mites! I usually bag them up to keep moisture off of them and contain them a little. ?
Do your kids have favorite stuffies or a lot of them? Do your kids have allergies? What have you done to help? ⬇️ Comment below ⬇️”
The post included a photo of various stuffed toys in grocery bags (so that they’re in one place) in the freezer. However some Instagram mother’s are claiming that Duggar should do more.
This poster claims, not only does Duggar not vacuum enough, but she should do it even more than usual since her child has an allergy, “Vacuum once a week? I vacuum everyday, carpets and hardwoods..I would especially do this if my kid had a dust allergy…”
The first comment on this posters opinion reads: “I’m impressed that you make time for that! My kids don’t even get baths every day.” To this comment, the original poster responded: “??I have 4 kids and i not only vacuum everyday I clean the whole house everyday..mopping,dusting,making beds etc. I am anal and need things clean..lol I make a schedule and stick to it…I also get to be a stay at home mom so while the kids are in school I have the uninterrupted time to do this…not with homeschooling the kids know when mommy is cleaning we stay out of her way…???”
From there the comments on the post simply go downhill, people continued to comment that Duggar is not doing enough, and that they think she needs to do more. It was extremely negative, and they assume that Duggar can commit that much time to cleaning; or that it would be good for her child or herself. Not every family or mother functions the same, and should not be expected too.
One comment that was extremely sweet and a bit amusing was: “I’m more impressed that you have that much room in your freezer!” Which, honestly?! Who has enough space in their freezer for two bags of stuffed animals?! We sure don’t.
Other mother’s offered tips such as allergen covers on the mattresses, and allergen-reducing pillows and covers for pillows, rather than suggesting Duggar change her entire life and children’s lives for an allergy. Another mother suggested getting a roomba, because then the house can be vacuumed nightly, without changing the family’s daily life.
This is not the first time that the Duggars, especially Jill, have been criticized for her “lax housekeeping”. She shared a photo of a dirty kitchen floor and the comments were vicious.
When her sister, Jessa, shared a photo of her messy house, she was also criticized. Her post was captioned: “This is real life, y’all. ?❤ swipe left to see more pics of my house today in all its shining glory
1.) 6+ loads of laundry piled on the guest bed… can we just take a moment to celebrate the fact that it’s CLEAN laundry. ?
2.) Side table that probably hasn’t been dusted in at least 6 months.
3.) Henry’s dried spit up on my side of the bed, that I’ve slept on for who knows how many nights.
4.) Handprints on the mirror, and Spurgeon’s beautiful artwork that happened when he found a pen that was left out…”
The caption continued:
“5.) Pile of diapers on the top of my dresser… pretty sure these all collected in the past 12 hours.
6.) Blocks scattered again, not bc Spurgeon was building with them… just bc it’s like his favorite thing to dump them out and hear them clang on the hardwood floors. Haha!
7.) Sink full of dishes.
8.) Oil splatters and food particles on the stovetop. Probably has been a few months since it’s been wiped down.
9.) Toddler handprint on the fridge door. ?
10.) Dust collection on the front of the HVAC intake…ha! But hey, at least we’re replacing the filter every month! ?
There’s a never ending to-do list. Some of these tasks have been accomplished today, others haven’t. (We have guest staying with us over the weekend, so that’s a motivation to prioritize the laundry on the guest bed. ?)
Some of y’all may be thinking, “C’mon now, it only takes a few min to dust or wipe down a mirror…” I know, it is so.
My reminder today has been that the same is true of the needs of the little people in our lives. I might think “I don’t have time right now.” But it only takes a few min… here and there. A few mins here, spent cuddling a fussy baby. A few mins there, singing lullabies as a toddler drifts off to sleep. 5 mins here, to read a book. 10 min there, engaging in imaginative play. Not trying to pit a clean house against interaction with kids– sometimes both are possible, tho often they do seem in opposition to one another ?. Just remember, whatever projects are pulling at your time and attention today, don’t forget to make time for the people around you. These are the memories that will last forever. ??”
People commented how nasty her house was, while others told Jessa they were glad that she was putting in more time with her children than her house, and some mother’s commented how grateful they were that there was not social media when they had their children, implying they had similar issues.
The thing is, the Duggar‘s do not have to follow anyone else’s rules. No mother or family is the same.