My husband and I watch this show with our 3 young children. I am not interested in watching other shows because why would I want to suggest that our family watch a show that destroys our individual and family character by putting junky ideas and junky language into our head? This show is one of the few shows available that inspires us to do good deeds, be kind and patient and gentle and merciful and exercise self-control, and to love one another. The Duggar books take it a step further and inspire us to be more serious about our faith. I am very grateful for such excellent role models.
I would consider myself a feminist and an atheist and pretty progressive, yet for some reason I LOVE watching this family! It definitely is not a lifestyle I would chose, but I just think they're fascinating. They all seem pretty genuinely happy with their life choices and the show never has drama like a typical reality show (the Bachelor, etc). It focuses solely on their family and their journey through life.
I think they are a great family who just happen to have different views than me, but no reason to hate on them! They're successful and very level headed and haven't had the typical fall-out that reality stars have.
The show was good when it was about juggling life with so many kids. I enjoyed it when they showed how they organized their home, cooking for so many & budgeting. It has now become super corny & their obsession with courtship is awkward to watch. The entire family is all giggles & grins because someone is courting. Strange! I don't care how many kids someone has as long as they can financially & emotionally support them. I don't judge them by their beliefs or rules either. They are not hurting anyone. I do judge them by how they act about courting, girls vs boys, how Daddy or the husband is the ruler. It's their life they can live it the way they want but I don't watch for those reasons. I want the older format back.
sure they have the right to do whatever they want, and technically I have the right to drown myself in my bathtub. There are plenty of unwanted, hungry, and sick children in this overpopulated world ... so let's go have 19. God bless America .. and no where else!
(PS - it get's a 1.5 cause it's better than dance moms)
@Travisty,catlazenby,demon853,speedracertng, you all show the kind of upbringing you all had by the total lack of honorable character you all show! You all write like a bunch of little dictators in training! Are you all too stupid to respect another family's choices that they would not impose you? To me from your dishonorable lack of character I suspect so
i agree with the dude above me the girls should have more freedom their parents have all these kids and make them take care of each other while they keep getting pregnant. come on guys HELP OUT. and not to mention whenever theres a big project the dad takes advantage of it and gets all the kids to do it like theyre freakin slaves.and if one kid gets sick then they all do. if the girls have to do all that work they should at least be able to wear a pair of shorts not skirts down to their ankles! hello? its not the 1800's anymore! and u would think the girls do the housework and the boys do the tough stuff but nope! the girls have to do THAT TOO!
These people are b@tsh*t crazy. Apparently these backwater hillbillies believe that they have the obligation (not the right) to pump out as many kids as humanly possible and then have scientists and doctors help them churn out a couple more. Seriously, if everyone converted to their cult, the human race would be extinct in a generation or two. But what's more irresponsible than mass-producing and uneducating 19 kids is the glorifying of this sociopathic behavior. This show cuts out any footage that could imply that this type of parenting creates some pretty messed-up kids (including alluding to a boot camp set up for kids in this cult who may have committed some unmentioned-but-seemingly-creepy-sexual-assault-type 'sins') Yikes. I guess home-schoolin' by mommy-no-degree isn't as good as advertised.
i think that it's ok to have a big family, but my version of big is 5 kids, not 19 kids. i understand that they are religious people and they want god to choose how many kids they have, but 19 is just out of hand. there are some people who want more than anything to have a baby but for whatever reason, they can't get pregnant and they can't have any kids, but the duggers seem to think it's ok to have 19, i'm not saying it's the duggeers fault that some people can't have kids and they can, but it's gotten out of hand. The older kids are the ones who end up looking after the younger kids a lot of the time, because the parents don't have time to be looking after all these kids, no parent does, which is why i think this is wrong, you can't give you full attention, and you can't properly parent all 19 kids.
I used to be very intrigued with this family. I caught their earlier episodic specials, went onto their family website and just marveled at the family's tenacity, drive and steadfastness. I never expected them to become a weekly series. While these episodes have given us a bit of a peek at individual personalities, it's concept is just way over done. I am sure their are families out there that revel in the coservative Duggar views and Duggar life style. Unfortunately - as do the Duggars - they probably are not watching television. After watching the episode where the oldest brings home his fiancee and all the emphasis put on not touching, and not kissing, and internet proposals for the other girls, I just wonder if they are just in denial that there is a 'real world' out there. Cousin Amy was a breath of fresh air. I would take the snarking Roloffs and the squabbling Gosselins over this crew anyday!
First of all, that Michelle lady is messed up in the head if she thinks of having all of these kids. Especially naming them all with the first letters of J because they thought that the other kids would feel left out. They are all way too fake and smily, I mean snap out of it and get used to the camera already. What is sick is that they are trying to compete with "Jon and Kate Plus 8" which really deserves to be on TV because. The Gosselins are all natural and exciting and come up with ideas that is entertaining for the kids and the viewers, even they probably don't do it for the viewers. The Duggars come up with the same old things and most of the kids are grown up, so they can take care of the kids and unless the grown kids are very immature and bratty, there's no way that this family can be tougher than 8 kids.
these kids are being raised like there isn't a real world out there! i can understand being homeschooled, but i don't get why they are turning the older kids into parents! the kids never interact with anyone besides their parents and siblings. the teenage girls never get to be teenage girls, and if one happends to be a tomboy, to bad for them. i honestly can't tell if they have any different personalities. the girls have more work, they are forced to wear dresses and skits and all that stuff. and they have to do the laundry and cook. while the boys do nothing all day. they play around. i don't think that's fair. the teenagers never get to be normal teenagers hanging out at the mall, watching movies, they can't even watch TV!! and monetered internet? way to strict there. i couldn't imagine living like that.
Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar go against the grain of the rest of the world and do it unashamedly. They choose to rejoice with every child God blesses them with. They live every area of their lives trying their best to serve God. Then they have allowed the world to sit and watch. They are sweet, sincere, courageous people!
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