The Reason Jessa Duggar Seewald Is So Impressed With Her Son Spurgeon

Jessa Duggar Seewald is a proud mom to four kids: Spurgeon, Henry, Ivy and Fern (via People). Spending time in the spotlight with shows like "Counting On," both Duggar and her husband, Ben Seewald, also have active Instagram accounts. While some fans feel the family shares too much, their accounts are filled with photos documenting life with their little ones.

Duggar's oldest son, Spurgeon shares a special bond with his mom. According to In Touch Weekly, Duggar was in labor with Spurgeon on her birthday. Spurgeon was born the next day, November 5. When Spurgeon was four in October 2020, Duggar shared an Instagram post where she captured her son's success at learning to read his first book. In the photo, Spurgeon is reading one of the same books Duggar read when she was a child.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the majority of kids start reading at six or seven, making Spurgeon's reading skills a bit ahead of the curve. Timothy Shanahan, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at ChiĀ­cago, told the outlet, "There is no particular age that one has to learn to read." However, he did offer a helpful tip: "Starting early provides the greatest opportunity for children's success."

So, what's Spurgeon's latest achievement that his mom his excitedly sharing?

Spurgeon's love of reading has grown by leaps and bounds

On March 10, Jessa Duggar posted an Instagram update on Spurgeon's burgeoning reading skills. In the photo, Spurgeon is holding the book "Little Pilgrim's Big Journey," a gift from his aunt, Joy-Anna Duggar Forsyth. "4 hours straight, only breaking for lunch because mom insisted," Duggar captioned. "I'm impressed! He definitely takes after his dad." According to Duggar's post, Spurgeon was on track to finish the book, having only 30 pages left out of a total of 210 pages.

Besides congratulating Spurgeon for his accomplishment, the post has generated a lot of interest for "Little Pilgrim's Big Journey." Some commenters even plan on buying the book for their kids.

Duggar's Instagram feed shows numerous photos documenting her and other family members reading to her kids. Other posted photos highlight her children enjoying books independently. This variety and abundance of books has likely nurtured Spurgeon's love of reading.

Spurgeon isn't the only child in the Duggar-Seewald family showing off his reading skills either. Duggar also celebrated her second child's reading skills in an Instagram post. Like his older brother, Henry was four and sounding out words as he read in the video. Duggar also mentioned in the post that she was using the "Sing, Spell, Read, and Write curriculum," just as she did with Spurgeon.