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Old 04-12-2013, 03:28 AM
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Just watched a show called 19 children and counting. All of the sweetness that goes on in that show annoyed me. There is no way one family can be so stink sweet to the point of where my teeth hurts. I know it is TV, but at the same it is normal for some frustrations to happen. So what do you think maybe someone can persuade me to look beyond this sweetness.


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Old 04-12-2013, 03:34 AM
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You know my little slightly dysfunctional family can looking "so stink sweet" (your words) for an hour a week too.

However, I've also seen the show. It looks like the family generally has it together.
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Old 04-12-2013, 04:03 AM
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They don't show everything that's filmed if you know what I mean. It's "reality TV" but they'll shoot many more hours of footage then they'll edit it down to show what they want. I do think that particular family is generally sweet and nice and caring. They're also human so I'm sure they all have their moments too...but the show is slanted to show a positive view of the family so generally they're going to show a positive view of them.
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My Dad's large family was always like that
Old 04-12-2013, 04:11 AM
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to the outside observer. He is one of 14 kids and they almost always get along and almost always all agree--very few arguments, prefer to be together all the time (sometimes to the exclusion of outsiders,) meals like giant dinner parties all the time... They LOOKED completely stink sweet too to an outsider-no big fights, lots of sharing, older kids helping out without complaint, etc. Hand me downs accepted graciously, their everyday meals where like major events or holiday meals to other families...

BUT they are the MOST dysfunctional family in existence. Growing up we did not see them often. They moved a lot and Mom didn't "like" them. After Mom divorced him, we stopped associating with them altogether. Turns out that Mom didn't trust them!

The dysfunctions among other things, included suspected incest, shoplifting, theft, scams/fraud and other crimes. Kids were ENcouraged to shop lift--it was like a badge of courage or honor or something...They all let the kids, even very young ones, smoke and drink. My 13 year old uncle visited once and was trying to show us (11, 9 and 7 sibs) his porn collection--his dad [my grandpa] helped him compile it. My mom swore the youngest couple of her BILs/my uncles were not really grandma's bio kids--they were the result of grandpas incest with their oldest daughters. Remember, they move around all the time and education was never a priority.

When my mom first started telling this stuff, a lot of people disregarded it as "bitter divorce talk." Later on, I realized that it was mostly true. Now, as an adult, I have found out many of the family members have been to prison--assorted crimes. I have also found the names of many uncles, and now adult cousins, on the sex offender registries of their states. They are always running some kind of "racket." My own daughter has never met any of them. She considered my stepdad, now deceased, her grandpa and his family as part of her extended family. She is 17 now so I've shared a little of that other family history but not much...

I AM NOT saying the Duggers are like this...I am just saying that all is not always what it seems....
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:08 AM
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I think they're showing what the target audience wants...sugary sweetness. Behind closed doors, I'm sure they're like any other family. Though there is something about the whole clan that just bothers me. I can't quite put my finger on it.


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Old 04-12-2013, 05:21 AM
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I have watched the Duggar's for years. They have become more "modern" over the years they have been in TV. I think they really are sweet and nice. From what I can see, they get along great with their production crew and are great with fans when they see them.

There younger kids really do act like kids though. I have seen them fight, argue, and get into things.

Not the way, I want to live my life, but they seem to have a pretty good family.
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:28 AM
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I have never watched it. However, the image of a Mindless Automaton, pops into my mind. We have many Amish in our community. They basically live peacefully because they are not allowed to question anything. Thinking might be hazardous
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:58 AM
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I questioned the sincerity of it until I saw an interview with the dad. He was asked how his family gets along, really was more about his marriage than the family, but the principle applied in all areas.

Basically, they believe the husband is the head of the family. (This alone has been misinterpreted by many and used as an excuse by men to be selfish.) The difference with this family is that the father is the head of the house BUT he went on to explain his job as the head of the family is to put his wife's needs and the needs of his family before his own!! (When I hear men saying they are the head of the family, most of the time they are looking out for their own interest first.)

Historically and polictically, when the leader puts those they 'rule' ahead of their own agenda- it is a more harmonious existence!!
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Old 04-12-2013, 07:51 AM
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It sure is a nice 'buzz line', but not sure I believe it. I bet he does though-
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:31 AM
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Why is it so hard for people to believe that this kind of family exists? If you read about them from the people that spend the time filming them, you will see that this is who they are and how they are. It is refreshing, and makes me fill so inadequate as a parent...I lose my patience way too much with 3! I would much rather see this type of family, than a lot of what the media protrays as family in the 21st century!


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Old 04-12-2013, 01:01 PM
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I watch the Duggars a lot and think that's just how they are. Michelle has the sweetness and patience of a saint. I have seen the children argue, get a bit wild, and need some extra reminders from Michelle.

I notice that the older kids really help raise the younger kids which probably helps Jim Bob and Michelle!
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:30 PM
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family through the years and they truly are a lovely family. Are they a perfect family? Probably not...but most families have their issues.
Their family is a breath of fresh air compared to many of the "family" programs on TV today.
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:50 PM
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I like the Duggars, although i dont want tv anymore so rarely see their show. Families like that DO exist. In my family, for example. And my husband is like Jim is. We believe he is the head of the family, as God designed. However he is to love me as Christ loved the church, and one of my husbands jbs as the head of the household is to put our familys needs above his own. He isnt perfect by any means, but he gets it most of the time. He and I also do not argue or fight. We are here to be a blessing to each other. We do kind things for each other just because. We believe this is how Christ wants us to live. My sister and her husband, and my parents, are the same way.
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