The Duggars: 19 Kids and Counting

The Duggar family can be seen on 19 Kids and Counting on the TLC network.


On July 21, 1984 Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar were married. 27 years later they have 19 children. They didn’t want to have children until 1988 but they lost the first baby due to a miscarriage.

Both Jim and Michelle are successful real estate agents. They built a 7,000 square foot house to accomodate the children. Amazingly they built it debt free which has helped them afford to raise the kids without a huge house note.

Even then, it has to be a huge expense to feed and buy clothes for so many children. It is difficult to comprehend how they can afford the expenses connected with raising children today plus pay the huge utility bills for a 7,000 square foot house.

They do buy used merchandise to save money, shopping at thrift stores.

Besides the financial expense, raising that many young children has to be extremely tiring even though some of the older children assist in the care of their younger brothers and sisters.

It is easy to criticize them for having so many children to raise considering if anything were to happen to the mother and/or father the state and federal government would probably have to spend large sums of money to support them.

So far, I have never seen an episode in which they discussed money problems but not saying that hasn’t happened.

One episode showed Michelle demanding that one of the children look her in the eyes when she was speaking to them. That way she had the undivided attention of that child. We can all learn from the way they raise their children.

The logistics involved in preparing meals for that many children has to be overwhelming but with a schedule for each activity of the day they make good use of their time.

They have raised their children well. If they hadn’t Supernanny would have found out she wasn’t so super if she had 19 misbehaving kids to teach how to behave.

I have the utmost respect for Jim and Michelle Duggar. They have succeeded in raising their kids with Christian values.

May God bless their family as the children grow into adults in the coming years.

Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

4 thoughts on “The Duggars: 19 Kids and Counting”

  1. the # of children isnt the problem but their beleifs are scary. the kids are taught to obey without question. It is unrealistic to think no kid will never question what they are asked. Only the girls assist in childcare As I recall Jinger said it wasnt Jimbob’s jurisdiction on the chicken pox episode.I dont see a real buddy system here. Fans always say how the older ones, mostly girls, are learning responsibility but they forget the younger girls wont have the same kind of ‘jurisdictions’ as the older girls. I want to see the older Duggar boys cook a meal. Enough with the rigid gender roles.

  2. It’s incredible how Christian values and not indulging in contraceptives are considered scary.

    And yet the prevalent shows of violence, crimes, perversions, offensive language and other sordid things are accepted as the norm — no wonder such degenerative shows are prevalent that their influence on many people is horribly strong and ongoing. Are these what we value? Don’t you cringe at the crimes commonly and unconscionably committed daily that were generated and influenced by those vile shows? Do you feel safe when you’re out alone at midnight?

    Let’s give shows that are decent, peaceful and caring a CHANCE. Many people, especially the youth need to see something like the Duggar family to emulate. We so badly need role models in our lives, whatever age or skin color we belong (I’m a person of color).

    Since the Duggar family can stand by themselves providing for their huge family, thus with the parents’ example and teachings, the children will be able to fend for themselves without the help of the government. They are disciplined, articulate, well-adjusted and responsible enough to take care of themselves. What we should also note is the Duggar’s consistency all these years in being loving, caring and helpful individuals. Not many families can be such, even families with only 1 or 2 kids.

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