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Old 08-03-2007, 10:23 AM
 
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I first heard about this family when the Discovery Channel introduced them and I thought it was kinda cool. The family seemed well-rounded; the kids were well-behaved and intelligent; everbody seemed happy. I think they were on child #15 back then but the mom was preggers with #16. They just had their 17th baby and I'm thinkin' "Man, isn't that enough?!"

I'm a firm believer in being non-judgemental and keeping criticism to a minimum when talking about others but yowser! I can't imagine having 17 kids and wanting more! I think this family makes up for all the other families who choose to be childless!

Couple welcomes 17th child - Kids & Parenting - MSNBC.com
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Old 08-04-2007, 10:21 AM
 
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This family pays cash for everything, spends quality time with each and every child, and takes very good care of their children. What could be wrong with that?

I have read a lot of criticism of them and most of it is by people who haven't read enough about them to know what they are critiquing.

I personally would not choose to have 17 kids, but if they can take care of them, and they want them, more power to them.

Dawn
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Old 08-04-2007, 02:29 PM
 
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Dawn - You are so right!! I have watched all the TV shows about them and they seem like a really great family.
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Old 08-04-2007, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Lake Country, Wisconsin
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I can't imagine being pregnant for 10.5 years. The kids do seem to lead a bit of a different life. I wonder how many will want to have kids of their own or if they will be tired of taking care of their younger siblings. Has the oldest left to go to college or work else where yet? I think they might have some culture shock when they venture out on their own.

They do seem like good parents and nice people thou. They seem happy and busy
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Old 08-04-2007, 02:47 PM
 
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busy is a good word!
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Old 08-04-2007, 02:59 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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or stupid !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-04-2007, 04:11 PM
 
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or stupid !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What's stupid about having as many children as you want as long as you love them and raise them yourselves as this family does?

I saw them on TV and the way they interacted with and supported each other was a model for any family.

Particularly in this day and age where an out of wedlock birth doesn't even raise an eyebrow.
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Old 08-05-2007, 06:43 AM
 
Location: State College PA
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LOL...I bet those babies just SLIIIIIIIDE on out of there now, huh?

It almost seems as if she loves being pregnant as much as anything else....because most women with a newborn aren't thinking of going through the process again yet, they're just working themselves up to get through the next 10 weeks or so of sleepless nights!

(but darned, I wish my children behaved as well as hers!)

The only concern I have though (as only a mildly environmentally aware person) is that if there were lots of people that reproduced as they did, our planet would be bustin' at the seams...
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Old 08-05-2007, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Arkansas
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The only concern I have though (as only a mildly environmentally aware person) is that if there were lots of people that reproduced as they did, our planet would be bustin' at the seams...[/quote]


Yes but not everyone decides to have or is able to have children.
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Old 08-05-2007, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Arkansas
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I can't imagine being pregnant for 10.5 years. The kids do seem to lead a bit of a different life. I wonder how many will want to have kids of their own or if they will be tired of taking care of their younger siblings. Has the oldest left to go to college or work else where yet? I think they might have some culture shock when they venture out on their own.

They do seem like good parents and nice people thou. They seem happy and busy

Yes the oldest do have jobs and yes they will be going to college if that is their decision.
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