After the expecting couple sat down for an interview with TLC, where they talked about parenting their two-year-old son, Israel, fans were quick to bash the couple for their controversial views of their son's behavior.
"We know that human nature is still there because he’s very manipulative,” the soon-to-be father-of-two told the TLC host when asked about Israel’s communication skills. “He’ll say, ‘I love you, Papi,’ like if he’s really trying to get something to butter you up right before he asks for something.”
One fan wasted no time attacking Derick’s parenting skills as they wrote, on a Duggar fan Facebook page, “Children actually don't manipulate that young. They aren't giving him a reason why he can't have what he wants etc and he is feeling like he did something wrong. Terrible parenting.”
While another fan commented, “That’s very medieval,” before adding, “the Dillards seem to be more about training Izzy and less about delighting in him.”
“It's terrible to think of a baby as manipulative… Makes me gag,” added another commenter.
One fan’s angered Facebook comment referenced the controversial practice of “blanket training,” a form of discipline the family has been linked to before, which involves placing an infant/toddler on a blanket and hitting them to teach them to obey.
“You can not blanket train or beat it out of him,” they wrote. “That will only create a human being with mental health issues. Yes, your child is manipulating you… it's what kids do to survive. Kids learn to manipulate as a way to get their needs met and for attention.”
While Jill and Derick have never admitted to blanket training their son, they sparked controversy back in 2015 after they posted (and later deleted) a photo of Israel wrapped tightly in a blanket as he cried and screamed – which many fans interpreted as a form of blanket training.
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