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Old 05-09-2008, 02:11 PM   #1
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17 plus one more on the way!!!
Did anyone happen to catch the "Today" show this morning and the family of 17 children with one more on the way? My dear husband asked me if she worked.....
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Old 05-09-2008, 02:24 PM   #2
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I did not see the show. Have seen shows about families that have 14 or 16 + children and in this country it usually ends up with the local council having to find them a home big enough for them to live in and the older children end up looking after the younger ones.
I don't think that is anything wrong with having a large family as long as you can afford it without relying on others to support you and you have to be able to give children time and love and individual attention. I can't see how you can do that with 17 children. I at times feel stretched with just 3.

The families I have seen documented on the TV relied heavily on the older children to look after the young ones. They are essentially bringing up children that the parents decided to have. There was a radio show recently that had a phone in about this subject. and quite a few of the people that phoned that came from larger than average families say 7-8 children and above decided not to have any children of their own. Some felt they had done their part by helping to raise their siblings. I think that is pretty sad.
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I agree, if you love kids and can afford them, go for it! They all looked happy and healthy.
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Did anyone happen to catch the "Today" show this morning and the family of 17 children with one more on the way? My dear husband asked me if she worked.....

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I think I know which family it is although I can't think of their name. I've seen shows on TV about how they all work together and stuff.
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Old 05-09-2008, 04:40 PM   #6
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My husband said they need another hobby. I think past 8 kids it becomes rather strange. What exactly is the purpose of having 17 kids? Is it birth control by pregnancy? If it is, it isn't working. I don't get it and it's a little creepy to me. Like the ads for pesticides that say "a blah blah blah lays 1000 eggs a year" or whatever.
My dad was the oldest of 6 kids, his comments always were that he was the dad to the 5 younger siblings. He fed them, clothed them and when he was old enough to work he supported them. I feel sorry for him, some of the stories he's told are heartbreaking. I don't think any child should have to be a father figure to kids only a few years younger. Mind you, he's 75 so times may have changed but I doubt being one in 17 kids you really get the attention or support you need. Just my opinion.
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I found them. Here's a link.
http://health.discovery.com/converge...garfamily.html
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I found them. Here's a link.
http://health.discovery.com/converge...garfamily.html
Thanks for the link. I've seen these people on a few tv programs. All their kids have names that start with a "J." I think Mrs. Dugger needs to change her name to "Just Say NO!"
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I am wondering if they get paid to appear on these programme. Is that how they can afford all these children.
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My husband said they need another hobby. I think past 8 kids it becomes rather strange. What exactly is the purpose of having 17 kids? Is it birth control by pregnancy? If it is, it isn't working. I don't get it and it's a little creepy to me. Like the ads for pesticides that say "a blah blah blah lays 1000 eggs a year" or whatever.
My dad was the oldest of 6 kids, his comments always were that he was the dad to the 5 younger siblings. He fed them, clothed them and when he was old enough to work he supported them. I feel sorry for him, some of the stories he's told are heartbreaking. I don't think any child should have to be a father figure to kids only a few years younger. Mind you, he's 75 so times may have changed but I doubt being one in 17 kids you really get the attention or support you need. Just my opinion.
They did have a schedule/chart for "One on One Time With Mom"!
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