Jessa Duggar has made a name for herself over the years since her original debut on the Duggar family’s reality show some years back, always being the one in the family to establish her own viewpoints and stray a bit from the rest of the pack. Now, the former reality star has sat down for a lengthy nearly-25 minute long video where she touched on a myriad of topics close to her, including explaining her labeling as a “problem child” and calling her children “sinners.”
“If anyone was the problem child in the family, I could probably claim that title,” she explained during the YouTube video. “I always joke that I probably gave my parents more gray hairs than any of the rest of [their kids] combined.”
Duggar said that when she was younger she refused to go to work and would only attend church to hangout with friends.
Although Duggar said she gave her parents quite a hard time at a young age, she recognized her issues around 12 years old and began to make a conscious effort to shift her perspective.
“For the first time in my life I found it a joy to help out where I was needed,” she said in the video, adding that she began finding joy even in remedial tasks such as chores, which she gladly took on more as she attempted to make positive changes to her character over time.
“I had some strained relationships with different siblings … I was one who would always be picking fights, stirring up strife and contention, always getting on everybody’s nerves,” she went on to recall candidly about how her problems at the time weren’t confined to just issues with her parents, but many of her siblings were brought into the drama as well, solidifying why she feels as though she was the “problem child” amidst the famous large and very religious family.
Later on, in the comments, prompted by a fan’s response, Duggar adamantly claimed that she thinks her children are “sinners.”
“I’m not out to expose specific sins of other people, but I will say that my children are sinners,” she wrote to the commenter.
“As Christians, we are not shocked when a child practices such behavior — as a matter of fact, it is in accordance with the Christian doctrine of Original Sin,” Duggar explained of her controversial statement that her children were committing sins.