Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar fascinate the American people because they have nineteen children. In a country where the average number of children per family is somewhere around 2.5, 19 is a huge number.
What I don’t understand is why people bash them.
They’re able to take care of all of their children and raise them in a way that honors Jesus Christ. They’re not like the Octomom or Angelina Jolie.
As long as they’re able to take care of their children, why shouldn’t they have more if they want to? It’s not like they’re incapable parents or drug addicts. It’s not like their children are abused, neglected, or starving.
Even though Michelle Duggar’s last pregnancy was very difficult and her youngest little girl Josie nearly died, she still would be open to having more children. How is that a problem for everyone else? If she and her husband are willing to take the risk, then by all means, they should go ahead and take it. Their faith in God pulls them through difficult situations and they trust that God will continue to guide them.
Having a lot of children is a choice, just like adoption, birth control, abortion, or choosing to have only a set number of children.
The Duggars aren’t trying to convert people. As Jim Bob said, they’re not trying to “overpopulate the world.” They’re only following what they believe in and their website has a lot of advice to other families. That’s all it is: advice. It’s not an attempt to convert everybody to what they believe in.
It takes a lot of guts to stick up for your beliefs, no matter what those beliefs may be. I see the Duggars as very brave people, especially since so many see their “convictions” as old-fashioned and illogical.
It’s their choice. Please don’t bash them.