I'm getting tired of the way everyone treats Elizabeth like a baby. Yes, she's the youngest by far, but by Season 4, which I'm now watching, she has to be at least 7, and she's a sharp little cookie, when she wants to be. In yesterday's episode, The Search, a tire blows out while Olivia is driving with Elizabeth and Jim-Bob to visit a friend on the other side of the mountain. The older boys, Ben and Jason, had been instructed to replace that tire before Olivia set out, but they neglected to do so, and were chastised for this later. But here's why fries me: Elizabeth goes wandering away from Olivia and Jim-Bob to follow a loose chicken without saying anything to either person. As a result, they go looking for her and find themselves lost in the woods, away from the road. And no one EVER says to Elizabeth "Don't you ever do that again." I can understand not coming down hard on her while they're lost and she's afraid, but after they were rescued and safely back home? She would have gotten an earful from me.