It never occured to me that the Mom might be suffering from depression but it would make perfect sense. They are so isolated out there in the boonies, and the Dad just seemed so absent (even when he's there) and passive-aggressive to me. What was up with his refusing to say one nice thing to his teenage daughter? That can be so damaging. Talk about a loaded silence!
The Mom almost seemed panicky about being left with 7 kids (can't blame her) and the Dad seemed blase about it. I did notice she's much younger than he is. When she said "I didn't know I would be raising them alone" I felt she was talking about more than just his being stationed in Iraq.
The red haired child seemed a little more reserved than the others somehow and more openly wishing for change. Mackenzie (the 2nd youngest girl, with glasses, who did not want to clean up her room) was a little startling. She had quite a mouth on her, not just language but attitude, for one so little. But then she reminded me of the type of girls who would beat on the other kids in grade school. She did not seem to know about or care about right and wrong. Riley seemed to take to routine right away. Those kids - the whole family - seemed hungry for structure. Why was the Dad not providing that? He's a sergeant!
Also, I am not trying to be mean, but, is there something wrong with Mackenzie? She seemed to have dwarfism features or something. Almost like she did not look like a child. The other kids had similar features but did not look that way so it's not just her parents. I do realise Mackenzie's dad was not shown.
Between Mom's temper and the babies driving tractors around the yard, I predict something is bound to happen while the Dad's away that is not pretty.