Jinger Duggar is a 22-year-old, unemployed reality show star who still lives at home with her parents, but this doesn’t mean that she gets to do whatever she wants to do all day long. There are still nine underage Duggar kids and five other adult kids living under Jim Bob and Michelle’s roof, which means that there’s a lot of cooking and cleaning to be done. Michelle and Jim Bob can’t do it all themselves, so Jinger and her siblings have always had to do more chores than the average kid. However, Jinger has found a way to get out of doing all that work. According to the Counting On star, Duggar girls are only required to complete one chore when they are courting someone.
According to the Counting On Facebook page, this Tuesday’s episode of the TLC series will follow Jinger Duggar and her parents as they take a trip to Laredo, Texas, to visit Jinger’s fiancé, soccer player Jeremy Vuolo, and his mom and dad. In a sneak peek video, Jinger reveals that she’ll be meeting her future in-laws in person for the first time.
“I’m so excited, I just don’t know what to do with myself,” she tells the camera crew filming her as she packs for her trip.
I love getting to know this man of God!???? – Jinger pic.twitter.com/H6Fh3Hjhz0
— The Duggar Family (@duggarfam) July 23, 2016
Jinger admits that it’s difficult for smitten Duggars to think about anything other than their significant others. This is why Duggar daughters who are distracted by daydreams about their beaus, don’t have to as many chores as their single siblings.
“I think that it’s kind of a known fact that when somebody’s in a relationship, it’s hard for them to stay focused,” Jinger says in the Counting On clip. “My mom has said, ‘If anybody is in a relationship, just give them one job to do in a day, and call it good.'”
According to Jinger Duggar, her single chore is still a pretty difficult one — she’s in charge of doing her family’s laundry.
“But other than that, my main focus, I guess, is just, like, the relationship,” Jinger says.
During an interview with Good Morning America, 26-year-old John-David Duggar, one of the adult Duggar children who still live at home, shared his belief that Jinger actually likes doing his laundry.
“Sometimes I do my own [laundry], but a lot of the time, the girls love to do it. At least, I think they do,” the second-oldest Duggar son said, according to Entertainment Tonight.
Michelle Duggar told Parenting.com that she usually has two or three of kids working in the laundry room because there’s so much of it to do.
In an old blog post on the Duggar Family website, Michelle revealed that it was actually doing laundry that made her realize that she couldn’t care for her kids on her own. She burst into tears while folding clothes one day and called out to God for help.
“I cried aloud, ‘LORD I NEED YOUR HELP, I can’t do it all! I feel so inadequate! Diapers, dishes, laundry, meals, cleanup, school lessons, baths, hugs, kisses, correction…’ My list seemed to go on and on,” Michelle wrote.
She eventually trained her kids to be a crew of maids, nannies, and cooks, so now she doesn’t have to do as much work. Her older children are in charge of “buddy teams” composed of younger kids, and these team leaders are responsible for making sure that their younger siblings complete all of the tasks listed on a chore chart. According to Jim Bob, he and Michelle don’t pay their kids an allowance for doing all this work.
Because she has fewer chores to do right now, Jinger Duggar had plenty of time to create a very special gift for Jeremy.
Life will be drastically different for Jinger after she marries Jeremy Vuolo. According to Us Weekly, the couple is going to live in Laredo, Texas, which is something Jim Bob Duggar is not happy about. If Jeremy and Jinger had decided to live in Arkansas, Jinger’s parents could have called her whenever they needed someone to babysit or help with the laundry. However, now Jinger Duggar plans on using her free time to help her husband with his ministry until she has her own clan of kids to take care of.
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