Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Who are they really hurting? The Duggar Crew

You've heard of the Duggars, right? The family with 17 (or is it 18?) children that have a TV show on TLC. Well, all over the internet today I've been reading a bitch fest about how they're ruining the earth with their crappy diapers in landfills and how they have their older children raising the younger children, etc. Okay, I do understand they are the extreme but they're not asking anyone for a dime. They don't use tax payers money to support their children. Hell, they don't even use the public school system. Do your kids go to public school? Ahhhh, you're using taxpayers money to fund your child's education!

I have seven children myself and let me say that I wish my kids were half as cooperative and well adjusted as theirs seem to be. I realize you only see a portion of their lives on television so we're probably not getting the whole story but these kids are great. Michelle has such a good hold on them parenting wise. It just amazes me. The older children help out, sure, but what's wrong with that? They're learning skills that will only help them later in life should they choose to have a family of their own. I could just imagine what would happen if I had my kids in charge all the time.. I don't think it would go so smoothly. I don't know what they do or how they do it, but by God, I admire them for it. Just look at how calm Michelle looks most of the time and she looks so young. I'm 35 and most days I look like some worn out, dried up hag bag. So what if she wants to keep having kids? She's good at it and she's popping out "quality" kids!

These people are pretty darned self sufficient if I must say. Look at their house. They built that! Sure they had some help along the way but there's nothing wrong with that. They know how to take care of themselves, the children included. They know how to take care of each other. In my opinion, the world needs more self sufficient people and parents who aren't afraid to teach those skills to their kids. I'm doing my best and feel like I'm falling short when it comes to giving my kids responsibility. Who do you think will be better off, the child who is catered to all their life or a Duggar kid who has chores, responsibilities and knows their role in the family. They're raising productive, kind, resourceful children with great values and I think that makes up for any "waste" they might cause.

I read somewhere about them taking away from others because of food shortages.. Um, what food shortages? Sure, sure I know what you're going to say but have you looked at what YOUR family throws out on a day to day basis? Look at all the food wasted by the restaurant industry, not to mention the grocery chains.

Now Jim Bob and Michelle are going to be grandparents. Yep, that's right.. their eldest son, Joshua and his wife are expecting their first child. The more the merrier I say.


  1. I guess I am not too surprised because Joshua has been married since September.

    The only reason I disagree with what Jim Bob and Michelle are doing is because I think that Michelle has put too much wear and tear on her body and she might not be around to raise all of those kids. I really don't think that she should risk her life by having any more at this point.

    I do love their Christian lifestyle, homeschooling and lovely attitudes.

  2. Fully agree with this! The only reason they are viewed as "odd" now is because nobody is used to it. We all got selfish (if you ask me) and everything has changed. Go back to our grandparents--it was normal then!


  3. I understand about the wear on Michelle's body and that upsets me as well. I've read that a woman's body is designed to give birth multiple times and a lot of women who've had multiple pregnancies are much better off than those who've had one or none. I'm not a doctor though and I haven't read up on it. =)

  4. I just happened upon your blog this morning... Im following you. I do agree with you here. It sort of falls under the catagory of 'whats it to you?'... I guess when you put yourself out there you're inviting comment, good and bad. But for and let live...


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  6. I just happened to come across this blog and I too am a mother of eight children. The older ones did help out~we did home school~ we made food go as far as it could from scatch~ we raised our own animals and food as much as our climate would allow. We lived with out power and running water and in pretty isolated area. oh and my husband was a horse logger so our income was waaaay below Canadian standards but we were still a close and happy family.Guess what our youngest is 20 now All of our children are responsible, productive, caring, polite and working young adults. We are proud to be their parents. If someone has the physical strength and health to have 18 babies or more POWER to them. Good for them!