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    With the kids being home-schooled, how much of a break do their baby sitters get from their 'charge'? I know the older kids are expected to help teach the younger ones.

    It seems unfair to me, but if they were raised that way, they may not even realize not everyone is expected to do that. But if they ever get out into the 'real' world, will they feel cheated?

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    Here's one doctor's opinion on the "super breeders" (not my term). I've wondered about the toll on the uterus after carrying so many pregnancies.

    ...Haseltine says she understands how people would be amazed that one uterus could carry and deliver so many children – especially in a day and age when the average number of births per female is 2.12 – but it’s a misconception to think that giving birth to 18 or 19 children is overtaxing the organ’s ability.

    “The sense is ‘My goodness, I get physically tired just thinking about it, so therefore the uterus would be tired,’ but that’s not necessarily true,” she says. “I don’t believe a uterus gets tired. If it had damage as a result of a specific pregnancy, it might cause trouble. But it doesn’t make any physiological sense why one should worry about the uterus.”...
    Are some women superbreeders? - The Body Odd - msnbc.com

    My husband and I have a very good friend who was one of 24 children (two twin births, the rest were singles). His family is very close, although only twice were they all ever together in one place at one time. He's older, about 55, so this mom was giving birth quite awhile ago.
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    Imagine is she was to have another set of twins. i telling the girls at work that she pregnant again they were like. What!....then asked me to name off all the kids... i can do it pretty muchin order now. And my friends and co-work brought up.....the poor boys in the house, probably a time of a month every week or so lol. Which i thougth about and found pretty funny.

    I think Michelle does most teaching or reading and writing, math and all all get there GED around between 16-18. the older kids they say just teach phonics and stuff, help get them ready for bed help brush their teeth and hair. Cause if you watch the show,most of the time you see the little kids playing around and things alone with eachother. I'm not sure they just shoot on desinated days where the kids don't have school or weekends. i don't think they will ever feel cheated or missed out on stuff, that families take more trips and seen national land marks then I ever had with my family. Containing me and brother, and a few step sibling when i got older. Now i'm 21, and going to all the place people went to as kids, because my parents never bothered.

    I don't see it as that unfair, partly because of my own up bringing. You have people to play with everything all i had was an annoying older brother that gave me a bloody nose one time after watching power rangers.

    I do want to write them and ask if the girls aren't allowed to wear pants considering we;ve been wearing them since the 50's casually, then all the time since the 70's.

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    They definitely are not allowed to wear pants-quite a few denominations are no pants for women, and some are no pants in church. I think that they do that and the long hair for a lot of the same reasons, but I don't know since I'm Lutheran and only about 20-30% of the women wear dresses/skirts on a given week. I know for the younger girls and Joy, they wear either leggings or bloomers for modesty presumably, because they are out playing around, but once they get to be Jinger's age they won't be doing as much of the playing around.

    I'm sure too that they only shoot a couple days a week-for example, I doubt they shoot on Sundays. They did show a bit of the schooling, but likewise they probably don't shoot all of that time. Now on things like when Jim Bob, Michelle, Jessa, and Jinger went to The View, they'd be in the house to watch all the hijinks. I think for Josh and Anna they get filmed even less, but they can call the producers over if they have something big-I know that they talked that Josh called them over when he was about to announce to Anna that she was pregnant. I think it's good that they only get followed for things such as creating an episode for them, or baby-related stuff, which allows them time to focus on getting the house ready as well as their marriage and so forth, or when they are with the rest of the family.

    I also don't feel like they will feel too cheated, because normal for some people is abnormal for others. In many locales the female will still marry young and then be Suzy Homemaker, but the difference is that I presume all of the Duggar kids will homeschool when they start their families. They also get a lot of opportunities, partially due to their fame on the show-namely getting invited to go certain places. They've been to more landmarks than I have! I mean, I think at least one of the older girls wanted to do photography, and one of them wanted to be a beautician, but I doubt they will ever do their career goals. Jinger, at least, I see maybe doing some college because she's the feistiest of the older girls.
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    Cutting your hair is a sign of vanity. The bible details many such things like head coverings etc.

    I'm against breeding in general by anyone but don't try to force my ideas on other people.

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    Thank you, Kiz for that post.

    I saw it today too, and was going to mention it, but I'm glad someone else saw it.

    I still think it's too many pregnancies on a body as a whole. Maybe the uterus is amazingly resilient, but all those pregnancies have to be taking their toll on the rest of Michelle's body.

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    I agree about Michelle's poor body. It must need a break by now. I only went through one pregnancy in my life, but it really did a number on me in ways I won't even go into.

    I had a sister in law once upon a time who was Mormon and she had about 5 or 6 kids if i recall by the time she was in her late 20's. Every time we were at a family gathering I would feel so sorry for her because she was so pale, thin and sick looking. I think something happened later on that she actually was told to not have any more children. They also wound up divorced, which was not common in that family. I've often wondered how she is and what happened to her since I lost touch with that family.

    Michelle certainly appears to be healthy and strong, but you just never know what is going on inside the body. Pregnancy can cause some weird changes to the body. A specialist I saw for a health condition told me that my one pregnancy would basically trash my health if I went through with it, but I did it anyway, knowing it was my one chance to have a child. He was basically right and it's been sort of downhill for me ever since. I also developed gallstones and had to have surgery, which does happen to some women after pregnancy.

    She has held up well. I still have to say that I think she should stop. I honestly worry a bit about her. I wouldn't ever try to force that opinion on anybody, but I still feel the need to speak it. Also, if two adults want to have kids, then they should bear in mind that perhaps they should be the ones who are going to do the raising. I just think it is unfair for the older kids to keep adding to their workload. I'm not against family all working and pulling together, and I'm not against children being given responsibility, it is just that it seems to be overload in this case. I respect everybody else's opinion on this matter, but it doesn't change my own.

    People seem to be very passionate about the Duggars...I'm really surprised that some don't even want to hear opposing opinions about them and have read posts from people actually telling others to stop commenting and leave them alone. I wonder if it might be because they are religious?

    I hope Michelle comes through her pregnancy with flying colors and has a healthy baby. That's all I can do at this point. I do hope she strongly considers her own health before having any more kids, though.

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    Per her religion she can't just decide to hop on birthcontrol and stop having kids. Interfering with pregnancy in anyway in many Christian religions is seen as bad as abortion.

    While I don't support her religion I feel it is her choice to practice it as she sees fit. And expect the same respect back for my beliefs.

    Like I said I don't believe in anyone procreating at this point and breeding but i"m not going to run around and tell eveyrone how bad it is for their bodies or for society in general.

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    Quote Originally Posted by causingchaos;3697934;
    Per her religion she can't just decide to hop on birthcontrol and stop having kids. Interfering with pregnancy in anyway in many Christian religions is seen as bad as abortion.

    While I don't support her religion I feel it is her choice to practice it as she sees fit. And expect the same respect back for my beliefs.

    Like I said I don't believe in anyone procreating at this point and breeding but i"m not going to run around and tell eveyrone how bad it is for their bodies or for society in general.
    She doesn't do it because of her religion. I'm still boggled of why people think that....Even so it didn't start off as religious beliefs.
    They used Birthcontrol for years as stated on the show in the early days of there marriage, but conceived on it and later had a miscarriage, probably not knowing she was pregnant and continued the pill after having josh. so there was 4 years of practising birthcontrol and another year probably..since the twins are 2 years younger.
    After the devastating news, they decided to go off it for good. Soon after they went to the debt free seminar thing.
    Though i've read my own b.c pills package and never says anything aobut miscarriage in it. But then again that was the 80's

    They weren't raised like their raising there children. They made those choices. Maybe from there experiance's I don't know. I do sometime think, they are over protecting their children yes, not allowing them to date because they heart may get broken or what not. i forget what they said int he show. I remembe J.B said something about Michelle having a few boyfriend in her time and it left regret or something i forget the word he said when they broke up.
    But they also say they would like there children to do the courtship ways, but its up the the kids, if they want to kiss before marriage, i don't think ww3 would break out. i'm sure, Jimbob and michelle kissed before marriage.

    And my youth church... just a christian church didn't believe in dancing, we had valentines days semi formals we would get dressed up and have dinner and mingle....but not music and no dancing. Even at my friends Tiffs wedding, her and husband didn't dance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lilymax;3697601;
    I had a sister in law once upon a time who was Mormon and she had about 5 or 6 kids if i recall by the time she was in her late 20's. Every time we were at a family gathering I would feel so sorry for her because she was so pale, thin and sick looking. I think something happened later on that she actually was told to not have any more children. They also wound up divorced, which was not common in that family. I've often wondered how she is and what happened to her since I lost touch with that family.
    Mormons aren't among the religions that view birth control as a sin or anything like it. I'm not sure which religions do besides Catholics. Baptists maybe? I know some Baptists can't dance and stuff.

    I have no problem with someone having as many kids as they want to, or not having any kids, as long as they don't expect the government to support them. I think women should decide themselves how many kids to have or not to have, but being able to care for those kids should be a part of that decision. The Duggars seem to be taking care of their children quite well so I have no problem with them doing as they choose.

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