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Old 11-11-2007, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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The Duggars : Discovery Health's The Duggars
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Old 11-12-2007, 12:21 AM
 
Location: California
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My mom came from a family of 18 kids, sadly one died.
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Old 11-12-2007, 06:27 AM
 
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This family has been discussed here before. Someone climing to be an aunt commented, but never answered my question- what's the reason behind the unusual hairstyles of all the kids? The mom, especially, has very high 80's bangs, and their dress is odd as well. Obviously this is not the most important thing in ANY family, but I wonder if this doesn't make it unnecessarily harder for these kids to fit in outside their home. Like it or not, fashion matters to most teens. Don't they stand out enough already?
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Old 11-12-2007, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Sunny Naples Florida :)
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This family has been discussed here before. Someone climing to be an aunt commented, but never answered my question- what's the reason behind the unusual hairstyles of all the kids? The mom, especially, has very high 80's bangs, and their dress is odd as well. Obviously this is not the most important thing in ANY family, but I wonder if this doesn't make it unnecessarily harder for these kids to fit in outside their home. Like it or not, fashion matters to most teens. Don't they stand out enough already?
According to their website, the Duggars are followers of Bill Gothard's movement, and homeschool and homechurch according to his instructions and principles (google Bill Gothard for more info). They believe that the girls should dress fem and men masculine. The also seem to believe that they shouldn't cut their hair. I think their beliefs incorporate the need to look "different" from the rest of the world
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Old 11-12-2007, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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I've seen some of the documentaries on Discover about them...they're certainly very weird but seem like nice and earnest people. As long as they're paying their own way I don't care how many kids they have....long as they don't try selling that Jesus stuff at my house.
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Old 11-12-2007, 06:53 PM
 
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I'm not a fan of anyone who has that many kids. Imagine the numbers just a couple of generations down the line with that family. I'm not a big "the world is overpopulated" person, but this does start to go down that line for me.

How many is too many? I don't know--that's a grey area, but 17? Not grey anymore...that's too many!

We have 3 kids. Two are biological and one is adopted. We have no fertility issues--we chose to adopt b/c there are many children who need homes out there already. I'm not saying everyone should go do this, but 17 kids??
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Old 11-13-2007, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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I'm not a fan of anyone who has that many kids. Imagine the numbers just a couple of generations down the line with that family. I'm not a big "the world is overpopulated" person, but this does start to go down that line for me.

How many is too many? I don't know--that's a grey area, but 17? Not grey anymore...that's too many!

We have 3 kids. Two are biological and one is adopted. We have no fertility issues--we chose to adopt b/c there are many children who need homes out there already. I'm not saying everyone should go do this, but 17 kids??
It's too many for you and me, but who are we to tell someone what "too many" is? As long as the kids are well taken care of and loved (which these kids clearly are), what's the harm? It isn't as if 17 children is common.
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Old 11-13-2007, 09:24 AM
 
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Well, I think it is too many. The harm is that the earth cannot support procreation like that. Now when people needed large families because of high infant mortality rates and because they were needed to work the farms (as is still the case in many countries)...that I can understand. But to have that many children in this country in this day and age is contributing to overpopulation by leaps and bounds. If they are supporting themselves financially, then it's not AS bad as it would if they were living off welfare or something but to me (my personal opinion) it is not a socially responsible position to have 17 children.
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Old 11-13-2007, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Dallas, Texas
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Well, I think it is too many. The harm is that the earth cannot support procreation like that. Now when people needed large families because of high infant mortality rates and because they were needed to work the farms (as is still the case in many countries)...that I can understand. But to have that many children in this country in this day and age is contributing to overpopulation by leaps and bounds. If they are supporting themselves financially, then it's not AS bad as it would if they were living off welfare or something but to me (my personal opinion) it is not a socially responsible position to have 17 children.
I don't think it's responsible either from a resource point of view, but there's no law against it. I don't approve of it myself, but I'm sure they won't lose any sleep over that.
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Old 11-13-2007, 09:58 AM
 
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17 kids? My nerves can barely handle two kids!
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