It looks like Jill Duggar and her husband Derick Dillard are under fire once again. However, it has nothing to do with their missionary work or how they spend the money that fans have sent them. This time the new daddy is getting blasted for his parenting, or his lack of using appropriate words, as it may be.
Derick posted a sweet photo on his Instagram account on Tuesday of him with baby Israel on his lap. It looked like they were having a great time together sitting outside on the deck. That was fine and dandy, but it was the caption that got people in a fit about his parenting skills. He wrote, “Babysitting this guy this morning,” which got people in an uproar over whether he should think of spending time with his son as “babysitting.”
The comments made it sound like he just thinks of this time with his six-month-old child as something like watching someone else’s child, not his own. One person asked if Jill Duggar was paying him for babysitting their son.
While many were angry that he used that term, many others were saying that their husbands also use the term “babysitting” and wasn’t enough to get upset over. Most likely Jill was in that category as well.
Yahoo! Parenting took the time to talk with John Pacini, co-founder of the Dad 2.0 Summit. He was not happy about what Derick said. In fact, he was quite harsh on Dillard.
“This language implies [Dillard] doesn’t have the capability or concern to be a fully engaged parent in his child’s life. Maybe he can’t nurse the baby, but he’s an equal parent with equal responsibilities.”
He went on to say that Derick Dillard’s dad must have taught his son to use that language when it comes to parenting. He says that spending time with your kids should not be thought of as a bother or sitting there waiting for his wife to come home to relieve him of his duties. He would like to see Jill Duggar’s husband, and other young fathers, come to terms that being a dad means all of the responsibilities that come with having a child, just as it would for a mom.
Derick probably never realized that an innocent comment such as that would cause such an angry mob of other parents. From the pictures that he and Jill have been posting of their baby, it looks like this daddy is enjoying every minute with the little guy.
Derick Dillard also just posted a sweet photo of wife Jill Duggar holding their son while admiring a bird in a cage. The look on Israel’s face is total wonderment. He looks like he is trying to figure out just what the feathered friend really is.
Jill Duggar and husband Derick have been in the news lately as everyone wants to know just what they have used the money for that fans have sent them for their missionary work in El Salvador. The couple has since offered to issue refunds if anyone who chooses that route. It looks like they are still in the U.S. with the Duggar family. There is no word yet on when they will be going back to that country. In a previous report by the Inquisitr, it looks like they are late in getting back to South America, as seen in recent photos with the Duggars.
Whatever their plans are, it looks like family is most important to Jill and Derick. Whether he really thinks of looking after Israel is just babysitting or not, Derick sure looks like he is having a good time doing it.
What are your thoughts on what Jill Duggar’s husband said? Do you think he views his parental duties as just “babysitting?”
[Photo by Derick Dillard Instagram]