Lately as the Duggar brood seems to be growing and the older Duggar girls are exiting their teens and/or about to be exiting their teens, there is much debate over who exactly is parenting the smaller Duggar children: the Duggar girls or Michelle and Jim Bob.
In the early 1 hour specials the buddy system was touted as a great idea in that mom couldn't be everywhere at once and your buddy helped you get dressed, find breakfast, study your homework, and get ready for bed. Basically, they helped you do things an average big brother or sister would normally do in a functional household. I say "functional" in the opposite form of today's overused "dysfunctional" as so many homes today seem to have siblings that don't interact with one another, let alone help or mentor each other. I think that is why the Duggars get so much flack for the buddy system--it's so foreign to see kids helping each other.
However now that the babies keep coming and coming and the girls are older, it's looks more and more like the girls are raising the kids than Michelle. I haven't actually noticed this in the 30 minutes we see. So I'm leaving it up to you all to discuss. She has been seen in all the shows swaddling a baby and often nursing, which leaves the others to handle the other kids. But do we really see everything in a person's life in 30 minutes?