The constant complainers always bring up safety in the Duggar home. Why doesn't Michelle stop the kids from....being kids? Either these commenters don't have little boys, are totally over-protective, or just have an incessant need to complain about Michelle and will pick any and everything they can.
Little boys play and little boys play hard--that's their job. According to the Duggar interview section on the show only 1 broken (arm?) bone has been had and that was from (i think) falling out of a tree. Seems about right for a boy doesn't it, I mean it's not out of the ordinary--or at least it wasn't before all kids began playing indoors and playing meant sitting in front of a tv with a video game console in front of them or a computer screen glued to their face. The general viewing public is a viewing public that changed with the times--their kids no longer play like Opie and Beaver Cleaver--that is outside with wagons and basketballs and baseballs--kids today aren't satisfied with the simpler toys of yesteryear, while the Duggars, who aren't bombarded with media advertising the latest greatest videogames ARE satisfied with playing outside with swings, homemade forts, scooters, treehouses, and in general, old-fashioned fun that we, in our 40s-50s used to do when we were kids.
For those of us in that generation--now in our 40s and 50s, who had bikes and maybe skateboards---we didn't have helmets or safety gear--the Duggar kids do. We also didn't grow up with seatbelts and car seats--the Duggar kids do. I never lived in a house with an upstairs, but I can bet if I did I'd have played on the steps just like they do--be happy it's carpeted! I'm sure those of us who DID have stairs played on them as well. Who HASN'T riden down a stair handrail at least once in their life?
Frankly, I don't think it's necessary for Michelle or Jim Bob to interfere when the kids get into a scramble every time. At some point they do need to learn to mediate these things themselves. I was very impressed when Jill mediated the spat with Hannah and Jackson (?). Some will say Jill was doing the "mothering" again, but no, she was being a sister--in large families you do learn from your siblings--the good and the bad and it was great to see that a) Jackson didn't retaliate and b) Jill taught her sister that she needed to apologize. Learning that from a sister and not a mother is sometimes a better thing---we always hear things from our moms when we are little, but hearing them from a sister--wow, that's almost like a heroine you want to look up to someday.
And one other thing--they do live in a more rural setting. Like it or not, country kids play differently than city kids. You have the freedom of space, you have the freedom of autonomy, and you have a different lifestyle in general.