Duggar fans and critics alike are more proud of Jill Duggar than ever before. Jill and her husband, Derick Dillard, took a huge leap away from Jill’s famous family when they decided they would send their kids to public school. And now, fans are learning more and more about Israel’s first day of kindergarten, as Jill’s posted plenty of updates to Instagram.
Jill also commented back to a fan on Instagram, too. But she told them she doesn’t have any good homeschooling advice for them after they asked. Here’s what she said.
Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard sent their son to public school
Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar chose to homeschool all 19 of their children due to their religious beliefs. But it seems Jill’s not taking that route. While many of Jim Bob and Michelle’s older kids are also choosing the homeschooling path, Jill and Derick have made it known they’re separating from the pack and going their own way. And Jill’s been excitedly posting about her son’s first day of school for quite awhile now.
“Happy first day of school for these two!” she captioned her Instagram post showing Israel and Derick together. “1st day of Kindergarten for Israel and 1st day of last year of law school for Derick!”
Prior to this post, she added a video to the Dillard Family blog that showed the whole family going to get school supplies for Israel, too. While the little boy was excited about kindergarten, Jill seemed just as happy to see her son embark on a new adventure.
A follower asked Jill for advice about homeschooling, and Jill answered
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💞 Happy Monday! I don’t know about you, but I’m happy to push start on a new morning! Do you feel the same new energy I do at the beginning of the week❓ . . 📜 I’m reminded of the verses that say, “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lam. 3:21-23 ☀️ . . 💙Also, I love these morning snuggles from our little guys. 🥰 Hard to believe Samuel will be 3 next month!! 😢 Recently, he has started telling me how some day he will be as tall as the ceiling…he says, “then you can’t hold me.” 😭 He loves to see my reaction. 😉 #cherishthemoments #boymom💙 #theygrowuptoofast . . 🍋 Check my stories for the boys favorite lemonade recipe! 🥤
We imagine public school wasn’t an easy decision for Jill to settle on. There’s no doubt Israel will be learning about a number of subjects that were never touched on in the Duggar household when Jill was growing up. And since Jill was one of the older siblings in the house, she also certainly helped the younger kids do their schoolwork and learn as well.
One of Jill’s fans took to her Instagram post of Israel’s first day and asked Jill for some advice — but they asked her to advise them on homeschooling tactics.
“Have an amazing day Compadre and babies,” the follower commented. “Comadre, take a day to yourself. I’m gonna need all the advice I can with Aivah and Joshua on their virtual/home schooling journey!!!”
To that, Jill responded, “Aww. Thanks. Haha not sure I have much to offer but I’m sure they’ll do great! 😉 Lots of snacks and playtime breaks haha.”
Duggar family critics think Jill’s response shows serious personal growth
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😷 Well…we did it…a few weeks ago we got tested for the Coronavirus after developing several of the symptoms. . . ⬆️ Swipe up in my stories or visit our blog (link in bio) if you want the details and aren’t too grossed out to see me getting tested/just want to see what it’s like. 😝 . . P.S. We are all well now, praise the Lord! 🤗🙌🏻
It seems Jill’s perfectly willing to admit that she doesn’t know everything and can’t necessarily offer advice on homeschooling or virtual learning. And Duggar family critics think this shows serious growth on Jill’s part.
“Honestly good for her for recognizing that she has gaps in her knowledge! And wanting her sons to get a full education,” one Reddit user noted.
“You go Jill. Admiting she doesn’t know if she can homeschool is a huge step,” another wrote.
“Jill with some self-awareness,” yet another added. “Not something Duggars are known for.”
Many others are hoping Jill will take steps toward her own education now, too. “I really hope she finds some adult Ed programs in her area,” another Reddit user added. “She deserves to grow and finally get an education.”
We’re extremely excited for Jill and happy for the Dillard family as Israel enters the school system!
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