Jessa Duggar Shares Video of Son Vacuuming Home Carpet & Gives Empowering Parenting Advice
Jesse Duggar accompanied a video of her son vacuuming with empowering parenting advice that was well received by her followers.
The Duggars' are full of reliable parenting advice, and Jessa Duggar recently dished out some to her followers on Instagram.
The reality star shared a video of her son and oldest child, Spurgeon, vacuuming while his baby sister, Ivy Jane, looked on, and she accompanied it with a lengthy write-up.
Duggar wrote that it’s fun to watch children perform meaningful tasks, noting that while it is exciting to play together, it's equally interesting to do chores together.
The “Counting On” star asked parents to encourage their children’s helping spirit and not squelch it. She revealed that when Spurgeon wanted to vacuum the rug, she had some doubts but decided to let him try.
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After about ten minutes, the little boy had the rug spotless, making Duggar proud. The TV star pointed out that children require supervision, but they become more competent as they grow.
The mum-of-three ended the write-up with the words,
“There’s a window where they are eager to help, capture it and don’t squelch it.”
The advice pleased a lot of her followers, and they commended the reality star. Some wrote that she’s wise beyond her years and a wonderful mother, while others wrote that she’s teaching Spurgeon good habits.
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There’s a window of time in the toddler years where little ones become eager to help. It’s so sweet to watch their excitement as they are allowed to take part in meaningful tasks— not pretend “helping”, but really doing something that helps out the whole family. Playing together is fun, but even the cleanup can be fun if we do it together. 👦🏻💙 There’s a sense of importance and belonging and being needed. Sometimes as a mom I have to pause and remember this. Yes, it may take 5x longer than if I did it myself, but they find it exciting to help out and lend a hand. We definitely need to encourage this and not squelch the excitement. Spurgeon wanted to vacuum the rug this morning, so I showed him how to get started, and then he took over. I stood there in awe watching this determined little guy. After 10 min of going in circles and stopping to inspect for any missed spots, he had the whole thing spotless! Wiping down the table, putting away toys, dumping ingredients and mixing in a bowl, grabbing a diaper for the baby, loading spoons and cups into the dishwasher— they’re eager to take part. As they show interest in household tasks, there needs to be less of sending them off to play, and more of bringing them alongside us and involving them in what we’re doing. At first, tasks will be joint or may require our full supervision, but before we know it they will be older, competent, and be able do these tasks on their own— and do them well. My mom modeled this beautifully. “There’s a window of time where they’re eager to help. Capture it. Don’t squelch it.” ☺️❤️
The 3-year-old Spurgeon is a big brother with two younger siblings, Henry, and baby Ivy. The baby joined the family in May, and she came ten days earlier than planned.
Jessa, who is married to Ben Seewald, had to deliver on the couch at home as her water broke unexpectedly, and to make things more complicated, she had to use a different midwife because the one she had, traveled out of town that same day.
The TV star said in an episode of “Counting On” that nothing went as planned, but at the end, everything turned out fine. Before the baby came, Duggar shared on social media that Spurgeon kissed her belly and the baby kicked. She wrote at the time that the best part of the pregnancy was watching her first child anticipate the arrival of Ivy.
The TLC star also noted that Henry loved to say the word, “Baby” even though he does not fully comprehend what’s happening. Spurgeon understood, and he also understands what it means to be a big brother, and is taking the role seriously.