Duggars are having their 18th child!

@dreamy1 (3815)
United States
May 9, 2008 3:06pm CST
There at it again. Who remembers that mega family? Well they're at it again pregnant with their 18th child. I guess they are just not going to stop until they physically can't have any more. Here's a fun fact from the site. Michelle’s been pregnant for 135 months of her life. That's 11.25 years! http://health.discovery.com/convergence/duggars/duggarfamily.html
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@liquorice (3901)
9 May 08
Wow, how do they do it? I guess another constraint on how many more they'll have is if they run out of names beginning with 'J'. 11.25 years, that's just impossible to imagine. I enjoyed watching those programmes, amazing how they coped with such a large family and didn't ever seem to lose their tempers or have any total meltdowns! And those kids were so freakily well-behaved! Well, they must be doing something right! Good luck to them I say :)
@dreamy1 (3815)
• United States
9 May 08
Yeah if they can afford it, more power to them.
@liquorice (3901)
9 May 08
Yes, I remember them saying that they plan their finances extremely carefully and (obviously) buy things in bulk, and I think they have some kind of family business. They also do lots of otherwise costly things themselves as a family, such as building their own house!! And all of this means that they don't receive any state benefits. I think their thinking is that they wouldn't have any more kids if they couldn't afford it and be able to provide for them themselves. Of course, the TV shows and publicity must help in all this too!
@rockvixen (894)
• United States
9 May 08
Can you believe it? I mean this family just keeps growing. The husband and wife, must really love one another, and I mean REALLY love one another to have such a huge family. Then again they have a large home, and so much going on. I'm sure they know how to deal, but my God! So many kids, to me it's a bit to much. I really think it is. I never knew women could have so many kids like that. Just wow!
@dreamy1 (3815)
• United States
9 May 08
The parents probably don't do much work in the house. I know if I birthed a football team I ain't doing no chores they'd be doing everything. I'll just ring a bell and they'd better come running.
@dragon54u (31635)
• United States
9 May 08
Well, I have no right to judge them but my first reaction when I heard of them about a year ago was "oh, those poor kids!". I doubt they get much time with their parents every day, with so many of them. Of course, my stepmother came from a family of 13 children (she was born in the 20's) and she says they were all pretty happy. Mom and dad were the providers and authority figures and the kids kind of broke into groups within the family, caring for each other and helping around the house, like a little city of neighbors that all loved each other. So perhaps those 17 kids and the one on the way really do have a nice, love-filled life. If more people that actually wanted children could have them, I'd rather see the large families like those rather than the smaller families where the parents don't pay attention to the kids or think of them as "trophies" to improve their status.
@dreamy1 (3815)
• United States
9 May 08
They seem to be happy. I don't judge them either as long as they feel they are being responsible and they kids are ok them live and let live.
@arcidy (5016)
• United States
9 May 08
Jesus christ why on earth would anyone have so many kids. Especially with gas prices soraing and food prices soaring way up. I just dont understand this. They must be really rich but even so 18 kids its hard enough raising 2 kids never mind 18 you know some of those kids will be scrwed up no way 2 parents can pay attention to all of them.
@dreamy1 (3815)
• United States
9 May 08
Yeah I think they do have a few business so they are not starving but yeah I can't imagine how expensive it is. I think one if the shoes showed them shopping at thrift stores.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
9 May 08
Wow. Last I heard she was pregnant with 17th. I think that is a bit overboard. But to each their own I guess. My hubby is used to large families. He is one of six, and my father in law is one of 13. So It happens I guess.
@dreamy1 (3815)
• United States
9 May 08
Yes decades ago this was somewhat the norm. Both my parents had no less than 10 siblings each.
@cher913 (25890)
• Canada
9 May 08
i think i saw them on the learning channel. in a way it is sad that they feel the need to keep populating the earth for several reasons: a) there are so many needy children out there that could use a good home b) these children probably get very little (or none) one on one time with their parents and c) the cost of raising kids is hugely high!
@dreamy1 (3815)
• United States
9 May 08
Yeah they've been on those shows, probably to get money to take care of all those kids.
@enola1692 (3325)
• United States
9 May 08
How do they spend time with each child
@dreamy1 (3815)
• United States
9 May 08
They have a buddy system so the younger kids get assigned to an older sibling who takes care of them.