When the Duggars and their show 19 Kids and Counting first came on the scene back in 2008, they appeared to be the least controversial people on the planet. A seemingly straight-laced family with a ton of bright-eyed and bushy-tailed children, it seemed far-fetched to think they could cause massive public outrage. But boy, oh boy, did those Duggars prove us wrong.
There’s been some doozy scandals that have popped up over the years, but the Duggars are also being targeted for their parenting choices and style pretty much every time they turn around — and not all of the hate is totally warranted. Yes, we know they put themselves in the public spotlight by agreeing to be on (and getting paid for) a reality show, and, yes, there have been a ton of times where they were seriously in the wrong, but sometimes social media warriors are a tad harsh.
Here are some parenting controversies involving the Duggar family that have made headlines.
Originally published August 2016. Updated August 2017.