Duggars Interviewed in New York

The Duggars were in New York recently and were interviewed for Timeout Magazine. It is an interesting interview and appears below.

http://www.timeout.com/newyork/kids/articles/features/71084/jim-bob-and-michelle-duggar-interview

18 comments:

Stacey T said...

This is a great little interview. I would love to sit and chat with Michelle....she seems so grounded...and I'm not a Christian, just a mom....

fostersmom said...

That was a great interview. Finally a reporter asking more than just the softball questions.

Pen said...

If I'd known they'd come to the show, I would've given them a tour!!!

It was funny that they thought it was over at intermission. I wonder if Jessa and Jinger got to see the show as well? I guess not, someone had to stay with the babe.

Old North State said...

How embarrassing not to know that plays and shows have an intermission and that they almost walked out! Surely they have community theater in Arkansas! Hopefully they will take advantage of some local theater opportunities so they won't appear to be so "backwoods" the next time they attend a show in NYC.

Jenn said...

honestly, what I find so refreshing about the duggars is dispite the fact that they do so many interviews & have written a book and do a bit of traveling, they are so much more grounded & dad still goest to work everday. Unlike J&K +8 who believe that promoting the show is their work. I do not believe that the Duggars are in this for the money as much as J&K are.

NotSureAboutTheDuggars said...

I had to laugh at their comment about how it was vital to be near a WalMart. I know they live in Arkansas, HQ of WalMart, so they must have many, many more WalMarts nearby than a lot of us. Personally, I think WalMart sucks but to see that Michelle can't live without a WalMart makes me question their ethics. How Christian can they be if it's vital from them to have a company that exploits its workers and strong arms its suppliers nearby? Yuck!

Utterly Enthralled said...

The thing about the interview that struck me the most was the comment about adoption. To hear Michelle say, “It’s something we’ve been praying about for a while now… If the Lord leads us in that direction…” is wonderful. I had never heard them discuss that as an option before, and, while personally even 18 children would be about six times too many, if they want more children and would be willing to adopt in order to achieve that, then to each their own!

Alli Byers said...

The comment by Michelle about the possibility of adoption made me wonder if they would even be eligible to be adoptive parents. Isn't there a limit on the # of children you already have in the home? Just a thought... If anyone knows for sure, feel free to post that info.

Anonymous said...

Alli Byers, there is no set number on how many children you can adopt. However, every family that wants to adopt has to go through a home evaluation (forgot the offical name of it) and a social worker will see if your home meets the standards of a home that can accept an adopted child. Each state is different, and if you want to adopt from another country, you need to pass that country's laws and standards. The general rule of thumb for Americans adopting Americans, though, is that if your home is safe, loving, and you have the space, money, and time, you've got the green light to adopt.

HOWEVER, this isn't always the case. For a story I'm writing, I did some research on large, adoptive families and found out that some people don't even get a home evaluation because of the size of their family. I think one of the biggest family, with all adopted children, to be denied another child had nine children already. These families are fighting against this, and I believe they're showing that larger (biological) families have raised happy, healthy children, so they should be able, too.

I've personally wondered how someone can give birth to so many children (not just the Duggers, but other large families), and not once consider adopting a child who is already born and in need of a home. I'm glad to know that the Duggars have thought about adoption, but with Micheal's "if God says so" ending to her answer, I think that translates into "we're not shutting the door on the idea, but we're not planning for it, either."

If they ever did decide to adopt, I would think it would be a few years down the road, once a couple more of the kids have been married off. I have heard of large families adopting (one of the Kids by the Dozens families took in a child - info on their website, post-episode airing), so it wouldn't be impossible. And the Duggars have shown that they can handle a large number of children, so I can't see them being blocked by that.

The only problems I can forsee with my limited knowlege about the adoption process, is if the state would be comfortable giving a child to a family that's making reality tv such a big part of their lives. Also, if it turns out that the Duggars kids, once on their own, don't function very well, then the state might wonder if giving them another child to raise would be wise.

But that's all sepculation and probably the worst of the "what ifs." For the most part, every state and social worker wants to get these children into good/safe/loving homes.

Alli Byers said...

Interesting! Thanks so much for posting that information.

Anonymous said...

About their comment about Walmart: I grew up and went to college in Arkansas. Their opinion about that is the norm. In Arkansas, there are Wal-Marts EVERYWHERE. Most everyone shops there regularly. Yes, I'm aware they're not a great company, but you have to realize that every major retailer exports in the same way you critisized Walmart for. But you need to know, too, that Arkansas is a relatively poor state, with a high percentage of families living below or near the poverty line. Bad company or not, you have to shop where you can afford, and that's why Wal-Mart continues to thrive so much there. I actually laughed when I read Michelle's comment because I moved to Florida last year and I was absolutely shocked to find out there was no Wal-Mart supercenter in my town! haha!

Munchkn said...

Michelle needs to see a board-ceritfied lactation consultant or go to a La Leche League meeting if breastfeeding is painful. Pain during breastfeeding is a sign that something is amiss. Maybe the baby isn't latched on quite right or she's tongue-tied, etc. A visit with an LC could get things on the right track.

Nursing isn't supposed to hurt!

Laurel said...

Old North State said...
How embarrassing not to know that plays and shows have an intermission and that they almost walked out! Surely they have community theater in Arkansas! Hopefully they will take advantage of some local theater opportunities so they won't appear to be so "backwoods" the next time they attend a show in NYC.
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I don't think they were embarrassed that they didn't realize there would be an intermission. I think they were amused, but not embarrassed. Being so "backwoods" is what makes them so charming. A show in NYC won't change who they are!

Old North State said...

Laurel said: I don't think they were embarrassed that they didn't realize there would be an intermission. I think they were amused, but not embarrassed. Being so "backwoods" is what makes them so charming. A show in NYC won't change who they are!
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I think this shows how they have sequestered themselves from the rest of the world. My son performed with a countywide high school troupe in "Anything Goes" and even they had an intermission where they sold snacks and drinks. The Duggars don't venture out into the world enough to not appear "backwoods" when they do. It reminds me of the old Andy Griffith monologue, "What It Was Was Football" where he describes a country boy's first impression of seeing a football game in a big stadium. Or the Beverly Hillbillies eating in the "fancy-eatin' room on the fancy-eatin' table" which was a billiard room with a pool table. To me it just cements their "hillybilly" persona just like it did when Jim Bob went in the head shop in San Francisco and commented on the "funny-lookin' glasswear".

Anonymous said...

Old Norht State said..The Duggars don't venture out into the world enough to not appear "backwoods" when they do.
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But the thing is..is their lifestyle WORKS FOR THEM!!!! How can we judge when it works so well for themm. Again..I'll say, kids are completely responsible, very well loved and very respectful.The parents show great amount of respect for their kids and shower them with love. We might think its backwards because they dont know the difference between a salad fork and dinner fork, but that DOESNT MATTER TO THEIR LIFESTYLE!!! We do alot of missionary work in El Salvador, and when their people come to visit us, they dont know the simple things either..napkins go on your lap, elbows off the table and they are completely enamored by things like a live baseball game and how we have cell phones attached to our ears. But it doesnt matter that they dont understand those customs, because that is not who they are! However, like the Duggars, they function above and beyond and are an asset to their own "society". Like the Duggars, they are polite, respectful. generally enjoy people, and are the mosy joyful people you would ever meet. ( and I can say that becuse I've dealt with the Duggars through missionary work). And those characteristics are what will get you far in life..not knowing how to eat at a fancy restaurant, or what to do during a play intermission. Somehow, I think they will grow up and be productive members of society all earning a good living, able to support themselves with what they feel is important, without knowing the "finer" parts of life. They choose to live out their in the woods and sequester themselves. I bet that if more people diod that with their children and limited their Tv, internet and monitored their cell phones conversations, we wouldnt have the highest murder rate in the world, or losing hundreds of thousands of teenagers to drugs or the highest teen pregnancy rate. Our world is such a mess...Who are we to judge theirs?

Old North State said...

Sorry, I think there is a great, big, exciting world out there waiting to be discovered and you can't appreciate what an interesting place it is if you stay holed up in your compound and don't check it out.

I think you arm your kids with your family's values and beliefs so when they step out into the world they will make correct choices and honor their upbringing.

mamawama said...

Who says they stay holed up? I see shows where they are going places and doing things. Also, you have to think about how expensive it is to take that many kids anywhere. We have seen them go many places, Dude Ranch, Disney, Museums, Zoo, etc etc They seem to have a lot of friends. Plus, their book said that they have hosted conferences at their house. I'm not sure how much more "checking out the world" they could do!

Is this because they don't allow their kids to be mall rats? That must be it ;)

Callie said...

I am dissapointed that Michelle couldn't figure out where New York families grocery shop, as if its another planet. They have grocery stores! duh. I sorta thought she was more with it than that.
The Duggars buy a lot of ostuff at the thrift stores, too bad they didn't visit some in New York, they have the best thrift and consignment shops there. And there are big box stores, they just aren't as big and are a bit hidden.

Plus people with smaller homes have less stuff (and generally fewer kids too).

I'd like to see the Duggars actually visit with an average sized family in a big city and actually learn about the life that the rest of us lead.... instead of appearing ignorant in an article about how people manage to eat and clothe themselves!