The Duggar Family
I’ll admit it: I’m hooked on watching the Duggar family on TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting (Formerly 18 Kids and Counting, formerly 17 Kids and Counting, formerly 16 Kids and Counting). I don’t know what it is about that family that fascinates me so, but I look forward to every episode as if it was a soap opera.
The oldest child, Josh, is 22 years old, married, has a kid of his own and lives nearby the family homestead in northwest Arkansas. The rest of the kids, from age 20 on down, all live at home.
The four oldest girls, ages 20, 19, 17, and 16, seem to be responsible for most of the cooking, cleaning, and endless baby sitting. From the commentaries I’ve read about the Duggars, a lot of folks think it’s horribly unfair for the older girls to have to shoulder so much of the parents' duties.
I agree with that for the most part. I would hate to think that any of the over-18 girls in this family felt it was their duty to remain at home and raise these kids rather than go off to college or get a job.
I’m not them, so I don’t know.
On the other hand, they are over 18, live at home and aren’t employed. I say, if you’re over 18 and aren't in college, you work for your food and shelter. No free rides. (The older boy is 20 and has his own towing business.)
I could say a lot more about the Duggars here and have a ball with it, but I won’t. They are kids after all and I wish them the best.
Currently, the entire family is renting a house in Little Rock because the 19th child was born 3 months prematurely and they want to remain near the medical facilities.
A friend of mine in Arkansas was in Little Rock the other day and took this photo of the Duggar’s rental house -- just for me.
Wow. Isn’t that cool? It looks just like it does on TV!
I wish I could have been there. It would be like visiting a really historical site -- like the Book Depository and the Grassy Knoll in Dallas.