The Duggar Kids Will Battle Mom & Dad In The Kiddie Department — They All Want Huge Families Of Their Own!

Tue, June 7, 2011 3:32pm EDT by 6 Comments

The ’19 Kids & Counting’ crew admit they all want big broods one day. It’s a battle for the biggest bunch — talk about sibling rivalry!

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar went on the Today show this morning, with 18 of their 19 extraordinarily well-behaved kids (oldest Josh was missing) to discuss their new book A Love That Multiplies and the season premiere of their hit TLC show 19 Kids and Counting.

And to our surprise, all the Duggar offspring LOVE being a part of a huge family — they  want dozens of kids of their own!

“I guess our parents always taught us that we are best friends,” daughter Jinger tells Meredith Vieira and Matt Lauer. “Having your best friends with you all the time, your brothers and sisters, is really special.”

Do you think having a family THIS big is OK? Or should procreating be limited?

Let’s not forget: The oldest Duggar, Josh, is only 23, but he and his wife Anna already have a 20-month-old daughter Mackynzie and are expecting a little boy any day now. And they plan on having 20-25 kids!

–Leigh Blickley

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md2205

Posted at 10:04 PM on November 9, 2011  

Every time I see a comment about how these people are overpopulating the world, etc. I have to laugh at the hypocrisy of the statement. If anyone believes a different person is overpopulating the world – the person who is commenting – does he think his blood is any redder than the other? Obviously, his comment is ridiculous.

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md2205

Posted at 10:02 PM on November 9, 2011  

I am not sure “the real world” is so great that I would want to make sure my kid is so exposed to it. Maybe these are the people who SHOULD make up the real world. Maybe it is okay to give some responsibility to older children without thinking they will drop dead from doing too much work. There are many children who become rebellious who are from little teeny families, whose parents work and dismiss their children’s concerns, and don’t show the kind of attentiveness and calmness to their children these parents do show to theirs. It is not so much how many a family has but what is the attitude of the parents towards the children that counts. Living in a large family like this makes the children realize that obstacles can be overcome and they learn good problem solving and lessons in how to manage. These are lessons for a lifetime. I think people who say they don’t think families should be this large are just finding rationalization for their own disinterest in doing the work a large family would take. It is a priority that people don’t realize – but working with your own children is just as important, and maybe more so, than working with people who are not your own family.

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Elizabeth

Posted at 1:00 PM on June 15, 2011  

While I respect their right to practice their religion and have as many children as they wish. I do feel sorry for the older children. They carry so much responsibility to the children and housework on their shoulders. Don’t get me wrong. There neeeds to be some responsibility at their age, but they are almost like mini mommies for their mother. I never see them with friends outside of their family, unless it is at a special function. Do they ever have sleepovers? Go to the mall with friends? Will they be able to go away to college? It seems like they will stay with the family, and follow in their parents footsteps. They are nice people with a nice family, but there is a world outside of the bubble in which they seem to live that the children will never know.

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Joey

Posted at 10:01 AM on June 16, 2011  

Elizabeth
I totally agree with you, I believe in their religion. But the kids don’t really have a life of their own. They are not allowed to wear pants or go out make friends. They are supposed to stay at home and be a mommy they only real thing the ‘mom’ does are labor and breast feed. The children do all the other work, including housework, and being a guardian. How are they supposed be a kid, run outside, have fun, rebel a little bit. A kid does these normal things. They believe they will meet their true love at church or something like that. People can be imposters, they can marry someone who is abusive, and they can’t get a divorce because it is against their beliefs. I do think they need a reality check. They are a nice family, with good values, but I think at least their kids can practice what they teach by, going to school or college. Jesus did not stay sheltered in his home, without any outside influences. He went everywhere and preached the Word, and He died so we can also do the same thing. If the Duggars were good parents, they would trust them to go out in the world like a public school, or college and live a good life like they were taught to do. Because Jesus even says do what I do, he did not say stay in the home and learn about me, he said go out and preach. This means the real world and public school.

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Alli

Posted at 11:37 PM on June 7, 2011  

they are one of the most irresponsible families out there. this is just so awful. at least they treat their kids well, but still. this family could easily be the sole reason for overpopulation if they continue at this rate. what they’re doing is disgusting, and there should definitely be some sort of limit here

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Seriously?

Posted at 10:39 PM on July 22, 2011  

One of the most irresponsible families out there and could easily be the sole reason for overpopulation? Wow, those are some pretty strong opinions that I would hope you have evidence to back up. Have you ever even watched the show? First of all, they are WAYYYY more responsible than most families. They don’t rely on governmental aid to support their family, and the kids are raised EXTREMELY well. The kids are so well behaved and every single one of them is so caring and eager to help. Their family is easily the kindest I’ve ever seen. Plus they buy everything used at all sorts of thrift stores. They try to use things most people would throw away. And that statement about overpopulation is absolutely ridiculous. You do realize there are approximately 7 BILLION people on the earth right now. Even if you want to count these current Duggar kids and these kids’ possible future kids, if all 19 were to have 19 kids of their own, which is HIGHLY unlikely, thats 361 people. 361 people could die in a natural disaster tomorrow. It’s not that huge of an issue. The Duggars are an amazing family, and I only wish there were more people in the world that were as caring as the Duggars.

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