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Being a reality TV star doesn't make life any easier when you're a young parent and who knows it better than the popular Duggar daughter Jessa Duggar, who has sparked a bit of a debate online about the challenges that a mother usually faces.

Along with a series of photos that she posted on Instagram, which included a pile of soiled nappies and dirty dishes, the 24-year-old narrated the hardships of motherhood and her unglamorous life of being a mother-of-two.

"This is real life, y'all. Swipe left to see more pics of my house today in all its shining glory," the third daughter of Jim Bob and Michelle wrote alongside the snaps as she discussed the joys – and travails – of raising her two sons, 23-month-old Spurgeon and nine-month-old Henry.

"6+ loads of laundry piled on the guest bed... can we just take a moment to celebrate the fact that it's CLEAN laundry," she described a photo of clothes dumped on a bed.

In her lengthy post, Jessa also confessed to not being able to clean most parts of the house for months as taking care of her young children usually keeps her busy all through the day. "Side table that probably hasn't been dusted in at least 6 months," she added.

In another photo, she shows how her toddler son "hand-printed" most parts of the house, including the mirror and the fridge.

While most mothers found her post relatable and commended her for voicing problems that young parents usually face, a few had issues with some of her photos, which included a dresser top filled with used nappies and napkins with baby vomit, that Jessa said had been collected in the past 12 hours.

"Henry's dried spit up on my side of the bed that I've slept on for who knows how many nights. Pile of diapers on the top of my dresser... pretty sure these all collected in the past 12 hours," Jessa continued.

The Counting On star went on to explain that she preferred to spend most of her time with her children rather than going on a cleanliness drive.

"Not trying to put a clean house against interaction with kids – sometimes both are possible, though often they do seem in opposition to one another. Just remember, whatever projects are pulling at your time and attention today, don't forget to make time for the people around you. These are the memories that will last forever."

But not many agreed with her point and quite a few thought she could have easily managed to throw the nappies and put the dirty linen away for a wash.

"I'd be embarrassed to post this... the dust and dishes, I understand. But a pile of dirty diapers is a bit much," said one of her two million followers.

"You don't need to ignore your children to maintain simple hygiene," added another.

This is real life, y'all. 😆❤ *swipe left to see more pics of my house today in all its shining glory* 1.) 6+ loads of laundry piled on the guest bed... can we just take a moment to celebrate the fact that it's CLEAN laundry. 😂 2.) Side table that probably hasn't been dusted in at least 6 months. 3.) Henry's dried spit up on my side of the bed, that I've slept on for who knows how many nights. 4.) Handprints on the mirror, and Spurgeon's beautiful artwork that happened when he found a pen that was left out. 5.) Pile of diapers on the top of my dresser... pretty sure these all collected in the past 12 hours. 6.) Blocks scattered again, not bc Spurgeon was building with them... just bc it's like his favorite thing to dump them out and hear them clang on the hardwood floors. Haha! 7.) Sink full of dishes. 8.) Oil splatters and food particles on the stovetop. Probably has been a few months since it's been wiped down. 9.) Toddler handprint on the fridge door. 💙 10.) Dust collection on the front of the HVAC intake...ha! But hey, at least we're replacing the filter every month! 🙈 There's a never ending to-do list. Some of these tasks have been accomplished today, others haven't. (We have guest staying with us over the weekend, so that's a motivation to prioritize the laundry on the guest bed. 😄) Some of y'all may be thinking, "C'mon now, it only takes a few min to dust or wipe down a mirror..." I know, it is so. My reminder today has been that the same is true of the needs of the little people in our lives. I might think "I don't have time right now." But it only takes a few min... here and there. A few mins here, spent cuddling a fussy baby. A few mins there, singing lullabies as a toddler drifts off to sleep. 5 mins here, to read a book. 10 min there, engaging in imaginative play. Not trying to pit a clean house against interaction with kids-- sometimes both are possible, tho often they do seem in opposition to one another 😂. Just remember, whatever projects are pulling at your time and attention today, don't forget to make time for the people around you. These are the memories that will last forever. 💙💙

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