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Old 08-06-2007, 02:50 PM   #31
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It's on TLC...but I don't think it's a regular show, just a bunch of specials?
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Old 08-06-2007, 02:58 PM   #33
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The more I read about them, the more disturbed I become.

For example, all the babies are weaned off at 6 months of age and passed off to a "buddy" - an older sibling (read: girl) to take care of them so that the Mom can start on the next one. The girls sew all the clothes, and do all the laundry. Each child has a "jurisdiction" - ie is responsible for all the laundry, or all the dishes, or all the snacks, etc. The kids live in 2 dormitories, so there is no privacy and so that the older ones can take care of the babies when they cry at night.
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Doesn't sound like much of a childhood.
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Sounds like training.
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Old 08-06-2007, 03:45 PM   #38
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They also don't pay property or local taxes, having designated their basement a "church."
So basically they're getting more out of the system than they are putting into it? Damn, and if I fell on hard times I'd have difficulty getting any help from the government because I don't have kids.
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The more I read about them, the more disturbed I become.

For example, all the babies are weaned off at 6 months of age and passed off to a "buddy" - an older sibling (read: girl) to take care of them so that the Mom can start on the next one. The girls sew all the clothes, and do all the laundry. Each child has a "jurisdiction" - ie is responsible for all the laundry, or all the dishes, or all the snacks, etc. The kids live in 2 dormitories, so there is no privacy and so that the older ones can take care of the babies when they cry at night.
Animtram, thanks for sharing this. I'm all for kids having chores, but this is way too much. They need time for themselves. Mrs. Duggar is so selfish for pushing her choice to have so many kids on her children. And I hate some of the hero worship Mrs. Duggar gets. She is not a hero. She is a broodmare.
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Isn't she only 40? With 17 kids? :shudder:
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The family gets a lot of comments when others see them for the first time, but most of them boil down to a few themes, said Jim Bob.

“They always ask, ‘Don’t you know what causes this? Are you Catholic or Mormon? Are they all yours? Are you a school group?’”

The Duggars are none of the above. They are members of an evangelical Christian movement called Quiverful, which holds that children are a blessing from God and that husbands and wives should gladly accept all the children they are given.

Couples in the movement also believe that the husband is the head of the household and the wife is submissive to him, while the children are submissive to both. The girls wear long dresses or skirts and tops, while the boys wear slacks and polo shirts.

When the Duggars were married in 1984 (she was 17 and he was 19), they didn’t want children immediately, feeling they could not afford them. After four years, Michelle stopped taking birth control pills to have their first child, then went back on birth control after giving birth.

When she got pregnant anyway only to suffer a miscarriage, which they attribute to the birth control pills, the couple felt that they had taken a child’s life. They prayed for forgiveness and for as many children as God decided to give them.

Inside of a year, Michelle gave birth to the first of their two sets of twins, and she hasn’t stopped since.

Both Duggars are real estate agents, and both also host Bible-based “Financial Freedom Seminars.” They also own commercial properties. From 1999-2002, Jim Bob served in the Arkansas House of Representatives. He lost a bid for the U.S. Senate in 2002.
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Fifteen-year-old Jill is responsible for preparing lunch, which is served at noon. At 1:30, all the children ages 4 and under break for naps while the older children engage in group studies using materials from the Advanced Training Institute International, an organization that produces Bible-based home instruction materials.

At 4, the children work on individual studies while Jana, 17, prepares dinner, which is served at 5. There is free time and shifts at the piano, an instrument being learned by 11 of the children, all of whom also play the violin. At 8, it’s baths followed by “Bible time with Daddy.” Bedtime is 10 p.m.

The family grocery bill is $2,000 a month. Transportation is provided by nine vehicles, including a 21-passenger bus. To get through a week requires 63 loads of laundry, six gallons of milk, 15 dozen eggs, 12 boxes of cereal and 12 rolls of toilet paper.

With so many children, there is a sign-up list in the kitchen for children who feel they need one-on-one time with a parent. But Michelle says that she actually has more one-on-one time and quality time with her children than most because she home-schools them and is with them all day.

The children chorused “no” when Lauer asked if they felt lost in such a large group.

“You’ve always got somebody to play with, you’ve always got somebody to hang out with. It’s a lot of fun,” said Joshua, the oldest. “It’s a very close-knit family.”

“I would love more,” Michelle repeated. “Each one of them is a special gift.”
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The children chorused “no” when Lauer asked if they felt lost in such a large group.
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Old 08-06-2007, 09:00 PM   #43
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I heard a rumor that fundamentalists were going to take over by having a bunch of kids since liberals have few or any. I'm not joking, somebody told me this. They believe by populating their numbers and raising them to be conservatives, in the next generation they will outnumber the libs by millions and be able to take every election and influence just about everything. Strength in numbers!
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I'm sad that this turned into an evangelical bashing thread. Hmmm...

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an older sibling (read: girl) to take care of them so that the Mom can start on the next one
No, the boys serve as buddies to the boys.
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They prayed for forgiveness and for as many children as God decided to give them.
So, uh ... be careful what you wish for.
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