As you’ve likely heard by now, Jinger Duggar is expecting her first child.
For the most obsessive fans of her famous family, the news of Jinger’s pregnancy was a long time coming.
After all, Jinger was married to Jeremy Vuolo for more than a year before she announced that she has a bun in the oven.
That timeline might make perfect sense for most people, but Duggar women frequently get knocked up on their honeymoons.
Of course, Jinger has always been her family’s resident rebel, as evidenced by the fact that she was the first female of her generation to wear pants in public.
(Duggar women are typically limited to floor-length skirts, even while playing sports or engaging in other physical activities.)
So it’s not terribly surprising that when it comes to starting a family, Jinger has decided to dance to the beat of her own drummer.
And when it comes to parenting advice, she’s also bucking tradition by accepting input from outside her own family.
Jinger and Jeremy were in Los Angeles over the weekend for an event called the Shepherds’ Conference, a gathering of male Christian leaders.
Jeremy posted the above photo of his wife sitting next to a family friend named Emma Hatter.
“‘The days are long, but the years are short.’ Wise words to my beautiful wife from Emma Hatter, a dear member of @gracecomchurch for 50 years,” Jeremy captioned the photo.
The quote, from author Gretchen Rubin, was apparently Hatter’s response to Jinger and Jeremy’s request for parenting advice.
The words of wisdom have become a popular way of reminding new parents to cherish their time with their young children.
Particularly in the era of mobile devices and social media, it can be easy to forget that what really matters is face-to-face time with loved ones.
For all their many controversial parenting techniques, the Duggars deserve a tip of the hat for prioritizing family time over screen time.
Of course, when you star on a reality show with your parents and siblings, family time often is screen time.
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