23 minutes ago, NCLunaLovegoodFan said:
I wonder if his parents were abusive. Sometimes the cycle repeats in the kids. Also, If I recall correctly, his brother Joseph had an acrimonious divorce from the mother of his kids and married another woman mere months after the split was finalized.
The Mom is rather soft hearted and passive but verbally and emotionally manipulative.
Dad is very quiet to the outside world but I’ve heard he can and did often get very angry on a dime for minor infractions, raging and breaking things, forbidding contact with friends, etc. Given the world they occupy, highly likely that abuse would have been hidden as “discipline” through the form of spankings. Probably WELL into their teen years. Screaming matches for hours on end without resolution are also often common.
Often times you’ll see other somewhat passive aggressive type abuses — promises unkept; agreements broken; events canceled last minute.
EG I heard the younger sister was forbidden to “homeschool” graduate with her friends in a group party/celebration because though she had completed the many strict requirements placed by her dad (requirements outside of those academically necessary to be considered graduated), at the last minute he took back his promise in order to “teach her submission.” So the 18 year old was denied even the slight informal recognition of graduation as a homeschooler by not being permitted to be a part of the group celebration even though she did everything she was told to do in order to be allowed to do so.
Even worse, sending kids off to ATI/IBLP prison camps — something they did to the second son Joseph — where he was subjected to abuses that would be considered inappropriate for war criminals: forced free labor while simultaneously being sleep deprived, untrained but expected to carry out dangerous jobs reserved generally for licensed individuals such as roofing multi-storied buildings, spiritual haranguing, etc.
Apples never fall far from the tree, IMO unless they decide to stop being apples all together.
3 minutes ago, JermajestyDuggar said:
I’m pretty sure she was quite a bit younger too.
No actually, Joseph’s Ex wife was a year or so older than Joseph. I think they may have decided that was one fault of hers originally but then he goes and married the new girl who is even older than his ex. Guess they realized it was the difference between a girl who thought for herself and one who doesn’t. 🙄