Pregnant with her 17th child!

Family
United States
February 11, 2007 11:52pm CST
There is a family of 16, and the mother is pregnant with her 17th child and is due in June I believe. How do you feel about this? I know alot of people who are mad about it. My opinion is pretty much, "Who care?!" I'm actually happy for them! As long as they can afford that many children, and can make sure they are all taken care of, WHY NOT?!? It's their family, and we should stay out of it!
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@chippy49 (171)
• United States
13 Feb 07
Whatever the parents want to do that is their perogative. Like you said as long as THEY can take care of the kids and not the government Welfare program, then have as many kids as god wants to bless you with. I would like to have another child myself but I know that my financial situation will not allow that, so I am wonderfully happy with my two boys, my litte gifts from god...GOd bless her.
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• United States
13 Feb 07
I agree with you...Why would it bother anyone as long as they are happy and can afford taking care of so many...so far they have been able to afford 16 kids one more wouldn't hurt. One thing that does wierd me out(I know sounds funny!) is that the majority of those kids are boys. I'm not saying they will but kids are curious..........I know you don't want to think bad things about your kids but you never know....makes me wonder if being around your brothers and sisters all day would they start to have more than brotherly and sisterly love?
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• Philippines
13 Feb 07
Yes you are right. Anybody don't have the right to be mad at them.As long as they can handle that situation of having that number of childre. Actually I am amazed everytime that I heard of a news about that size of family. The only thing that I can say that parents having those number of children must make sure that these children will not suffer since they don't have anything to do about it.
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@isasice (2015)
• Iceland
13 Feb 07
If they can take care of all the children and are fit and healthy, they could have 40 of them if they wanted to. If they were relying on society to take care of the family, they were neglecting their kids etc, then I would be worried. If they have 16 kids, some of them must be grown up so it's not like they will be having 17 toddlers in diapers running around. My friends mother has 19 brothers and sisters, no twins. She's only in her 60's. They are all happy and healthy, it can be done, it was the norm in the old days.
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@xXmeganxX (4422)
13 Feb 07
wow, well done to them if they can afford to keep all the kids! seriously my auntie has 9 kids and i think that's going overboard as sometimes and most of the times she is NOT financially stable and it's unfair to the kids, i don't understand why she had so many, she always tells me she will never know... i have one child and that's all i want, kids take a huge responsibility in life and many other things, i admit my auntie can't cope most of the times, ive been there and seen it, she even has her two older sons living with her in order to help her out... ive babysitted them a few good times and believe me, my little cousins are wild! you would swear i was sitting in a zoo, swinging off the curtains and so on, it's very true! so im going to stick with my one and only child as i think that's all i can cope with, she is only 2 years old, well soon to be and she is a handful! well done to that woman, she is ever so brave!
• United States
13 Feb 07
This has been such a good topic and the MOM is really great to have such a blessed time .. But, how would take care of the earlier born babies .. if the mother is busy caring for the next delivery and her own health, who will groom the other children to responsible adults ? Here, the family will falter as there are many chances that children getting into their teenage may not be tracked and taken care by parents.. This is a loose knot here ... Another option .. (quite out of box).. The father was opt to run a school where he can take care of this children personally having them studying under him as well as make a good earning for the family.. What do you say ?
• United States
13 Feb 07
This has been such a good topic and the MOM is really great to have such a blessed time .. But, how would take care of the earlier born babies .. if the mother is busy caring for the next delivery and her own health, who will groom the other children to responsible adults ? Here, the family will falter as there are many chances that children getting into their teenage may not be tracked and taken care by parents.. This is a loose knot here ... Another option .. (quite out of box).. The father can opt to run a school where he can take care of this children personally having them studying under him as well as make a good earning for the family.. What do you say ?
• Canada
26 Feb 07
I agree with you. It is their busines, not ours, and we need to STAY OUT OF IT!!! Who are we to judge what other people do? As long as everyone is cared for, it shouldn't matter to the rest of us.
@aiee17 (7)
• Philippines
13 Feb 07
I agree. It's amazing!!! Though I'm wondering how old the mom is now and how young she was when she had her first baby. Yeah, "who cares?!?" as long as they could provide their children the love and care they need and the proper guidance for them to grow with proper education, moral and values. But of course, as long as the parents take into consideration their financial status. It's fine. These parent were given a special gift of children... not all are given the chance.
• United States
13 Feb 07
As a woman who would feel overwhelmed with 2 to 3 children, I can only have admiration for Michelle Duggar. I've watched two of the specials on tv about their family and I think she's an amazing woman. Those children aren't neglected or made to feel less than important. They're all healthy and happy. More power to them.
• China
13 Feb 07
My god!i think that's too tired for a woman. Scared mind. I can't imagine it. However,that's not my business.If they can take care of them. That's OK for them.
@rahulmig (1032)
• India
13 Feb 07
omg u |r mother have got good stamina !!
@smints8985 (1595)
• United States
13 Feb 07
Wow 17th..that's a lot of kids.. haha but then it really doesn't matter how big you want your family to get.. if physically you can give birth to 20 why not? Go ahead.. the most important thing is being able to support each one of them, support meaning giving them what they need and in the sense that they can still live a good life. The irony here is the richer people tend to have less kids although they have the capacity to provide, but those that are not doing so well financially are the ones who tend to have tons of children...
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
13 Feb 07
I don't understand why people would be fumed over this. Provided that the parents are both financially and emotionally able to care for that many children..than it's great! I know that having that many children would not be a good idea for a lot of families, it would be pretty difficult I would imagine! I'm sure there are some people out there (not this girl though!) who are fortunate enough to be able to handle that many children..cool:)
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
13 Feb 07
Is this the Duggar (or sounds similar) family? I admire someone with that level of commitment to their family if its is the family I have seen before they are obviously raising good citizens but wow, I don't think I have it in me. I think my uterus would be ready to drop out after ten lol.
@zynijh (44)
• Philippines
13 Feb 07
pretty good to have more kids as long as parents can afford to raise them well...
@sonnet (165)
• South Korea
13 Feb 07
The biggest family I personally met had 12 kids and they all seemed happy enough. I also know of a family with 10 who home-school them and get them involved in community work and they raise cash together as a family performing songs/plays and doing handywork/gardening too. My mum comes from a family with 9 and I know they struggled a lot but she grew up in postwar Germany and that didn't help.
@Melizzy (1381)
• United States
13 Feb 07
It is my understanding that if a man produces 15 off spring, that he can actually alter the gene pool. 17 is about 15 too many. Can they take care of all these kids? But whatever makes them happy. It's her body going through that, not mine!
@Bee1955 (3886)
• United States
13 Feb 07
If they can afford them, then why not? What business is it anyone's but theirs anyway? I grew up across the street of a family of 19 kids! They were a real nice catolic family and the father simply added another room and bath to their huge, old victorian house every two kids - LOL! I tell you what, many a day when my parents left we 3 with them for an overnighter and we helped the next day in assembly line fashion making breakfast, lunches, beds and grabbing younger ones to dress them! We loved it there!
@kawillow74 (1417)
• United States
13 Feb 07
I totaly agree with you if they can surport the childern they should be able to have as many as they would like. If we are surporting them it would be a different story no one say's anything about the amish who have 5- 20 kids it is that person right. Why should we get mad.
• Mexico
13 Feb 07
In certain way I am in agreement with your point of view, but in a part I differ,single fits you remember that we are PEOPLE rabbits…I do not see the sense him have 17 children equal is necessary to take into account, who I DOUBT MUCH that can pay the correct and necessary attention to them to each one of those children…
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
13 Feb 07
O my 16 and due again ,,,Poor lady.I had 5 children and that was hard ,i can't even imagine more..I suppose if they can afford to feed them ,well its their business.In this day and age this is very rare..I don,t know why anyone would be mad,there isn't to much you can do about it...I just feel sorry for them,for having so many little blessings..