Tues, October 27, You Ask, Duggars Answer

It's no question that the Duggars spark a lot of, well, questions. Jim Bob, Michelle, and the kids sit down and answer what viewers ask most. You watched, you asked, now the Duggars answer.

30 minutes

92 comments:

pumpkin said...

I'm sorry that I missed the boat to submit a question. I certainly have a lot of them. I hope that people in tomorrow's show actually ask good questions that haven't been answered previously. I am looking forward to this episode, I hope we get some of our questions answered.

pogo said...

Tell us stuff we don't already know!But, perhaps they will explain some stuff a little more?

SuzanneDeAZ said...

I asked a question and they responded online about it so I would not be surprised to see it answered in this show. I am looking forward to watching it.

Hopewell said...

Let's see....hasn't this been done already...isn't it also being done with Kate + 8 this week....boring!
1. How do you get all that laundry done?
2. How do you afford groceries

Yawn.... Something NEW please!!

Anonymous said...

Suzanne, what did you ask them? Inquiring minds want to know. :)

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure we learned anything real new here. But, I do think that Jim Bob seems to have a very high opinion of his virility. Already anticipating Michelle's 20th(!) child? And, to expect that each of his kids will have 5 or 10 of their own for up to 200 grandkids? It almost seems as though he is imagining himself as Grandpa Jim Bob sitting in his easy chair thinking "look at what I created."

-Katydid

chocolatebee said...

As much as I love the Duggars I felt like many of the responses to the viewers questions were very safe and rehearsed, not only the childrens' answers but also Jim Bob and Michelle's too.Like the question about the carbon footprint.I was wondered if Jim Bob even would know what that was until he answered and it seemed so rehearsed and fake.I felt like we didn't learn anything new about the Duggars.For example, the questions directed at the kids seemed like their answers were expected such as why the girls always wear skirts.Michelle said something to the effect of because they choose to but that if they wanted to wear pants,they could. And JoyAnna followed up with "yeah we could but we like to wear dresses".It makes me wonder could they really? Also the smaller girls never wear just pants (although Jordyn had pants on when Michelle picked up her from her nap) so what's the explanation there? I really doubt they ask to wear dresses only.

Willow #1 said...

Katydid - I enjoyed your depiction of JB and his 200 grandchildren. Really cute. I can just see that also. I wonder if he will still be laughing and smiling then? LOL.

BigSky29 said...

I loved this episode! Even thought I already knew most of the answers I just think the Duggars are such wonderful people. Compare their answers to Kate Gosselin. So much more real and genuinely nice.

Jessica said...

Yeah I was curious about Jordyn wearing the pants also..I think they don't know the bible verse for the reason they wear skirts/dresses, a verse in the Bible states that women are not to wear what pertains to a man, and vice versa..some take this literally, but it can be contradicted as well

Anonymous said...

on the 200 grandchildren comment...

one out of every 8 couples of child bearing age deal with infertility. Based on that statistic, 2-3 of their kids (once married) will deal with infertility.

What is the Duggar stance on this?? Is it acceptable to not have kids??

It seems that their idea of a quiverful lifestyle is to have as many kids as possible, not to take what God gives them. I think there is a difference.

What will they tell their child that struggles for years to get pregnant?? Fertility does not define a marriage. It is not everything. But, they seem to think so.

Anonymous said...

The thought of 200 Duggar grandchildren is pretty horrific, actually. I honestly think they should be thinking more of their environmental impact, use of resources, etc.

I also thought the answers seemed very rehearsed. Michelle looked like she had tried to memorize hers, and was struggling a little with answers, trying to remember what she was told to say---

Anonymous said...

The carbon footprint question was fair and a great opportunity, however, it became clear that JB has no genuine understanding of what a carbon footprint is and further evidence that he and his family will continue to use vast quantities without regard for their personal and collective environmental impact. Did you see the plastic sppons and styo cups? I don't think those were bought used.

The answer to the, "why don't you watch TV," question was also an opportunity squandered. It is clear that its absence didn't make readers of them. Otherwise, they'd be better spoken and informed.

winsomeone said...

I thought this episode was boring. Nothing new was answered that I could see. I did wonder why they chose to tape it when all of the older girls were gone.Seemed good to see Michelle doing some hands on child care.

Anonymous said...

I thought the "Ask the Duggars" episode was cute. The little kids are adorable. One thing that concerned me was the baby asleep in the baby swing alone in the room. Did anyone else notice that? Those baby swings all come with a warning label that says "NEVER leave child unattended".
I also believe that the motivation for the family to do the t.v. show is money - of course they are not in debt, their income is from working for TLC. The continuing of being constantly PG is assurance that the family will always be in the spot light.

Lena said...

Infertility and the Quiverfull movement:

To answer your question, those who adhere to the Quiverfull mentality belive that it is God's decision whether or not to give you children. So, if you cannot conceive on your own, it is viewed as God's will. Therefore, you should accept it and not pursue fertility treatments ( viewed as working against God's will or plan for you). That is the official Quiverfull policy, whether or not the Duggar children will adhere to it is another matter.

Sami said...

Also the smaller girls never wear just pants (although Jordyn had pants on when Michelle picked up her from her nap) so what's the explanation there?
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They've never actually said this, but my personal feelings are that little girls don't have a sense of modesty. The little girls wear pants underneath so that if they play or tumble or whatever they don't show off things accidentally. I would do this for my little girls and I'm not as modest as the Duggars.

Anonymous said...

In the promos for this episode I thought we say Michelle say something like 'How do I answer this politely' - I was really interested to see what the question asked was. However, I don't recall seeing this in the actual episode. Did I just miss it?

Enough with the Multiples said...

I couldn't help but wonder if Jim Bob and Michelle would have kept the TV if they would have had less kids! Seriously though, these two can be so naive at times. Most American families/couples have TVs in their homes and they still live normal active lives/happy families. You don't have to take the TV out of your house and never watch it again. Just turn it off and go out to dinner, take up a hobby (other than sex for them), visit friends, etc. JB/M just make too many things either good or bad. The world just isn't that cut and dry. You can't label everything and then avoid it (TV, shorts, dancing, etc.) And that's not beneficial to the emotional/social/intellectual development of their children who seem to sit there in these interviews and repeat back what's been "trained" into them by JB/M. Don't get me wrong, JB/M seem very nice caring people but their beliefs went haywire a long time ago.

And I also think that Michelle did not receive proper grief counceling after that miscarriage. I believe that was another example of them taking the extreme--they felt guilty over taking the BC pills so they labeled contraception bad and avoided it at all costs. It's very obvious in the way that Michelle seems obsessed with birthing all these babies and then handing them off to the older ones once they are weaned. I'm not trying to be mean, I think it's actually kinda sad.

Judy said...

I also wonder what will happen if one of the Duggar children is gay as one in ten of the population is gay. With so many chldren, one could easily be gay.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Willow#1!

-Katydid

RachieK. said...

Judy said...
I also wonder what will happen if one of the Duggar children is gay as one in ten of the population is gay. With so many chldren, one could easily be gay.
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Oh Judy, you are so correct. But people that subscribe to this type of Christian movement do not believe a person is inherently gay, but rather choose that lifestyle. In my conservative Christian community I have observed many young people that are probably gay, but never have the opporunity to acknowlege or embrace it. Instead they live a lie, and those that admit to or act upon their homosexuality have it "beaten" out of them through therapy and prayer. Quite sad, really.

HW said...

Also the smaller girls never wear just pants (although Jordyn had pants on when Michelle picked up her from her nap) so what's the explanation there?
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They've never actually said this, but my personal feelings are that little girls don't have a sense of modesty. The little girls wear pants underneath so that if they play or tumble or whatever they don't show off things accidentally. I would do this for my little girls and I'm not as modest as the Duggars.
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I didn't see the whole episode but maybe Jordyn is wearing pants because she is a crawler. It's hard for little girls to crawl in a dress becuase it gets caught under their hands and knees. Just a thought.

Also, I have some family members that wear skirts all the time; but in their home, they will wear sweat pants (without a skirt over them) to be comfortable.

The Man said...

"of course they are not in debt, their income is from working for TLC."

They have mentioned before that Jim Bob manages rental properties. And they do have a book out which likely pays royalties. But if they get income from TLC, so what?

"one out of every 8 couples of child bearing age deal with infertility. Based on that statistic, 2-3 of their kids (once married) will deal with infertility."

Oh, if only it were that cut and dried. One out of 150 kids are said to be born with autism. I have two kids with autism. Maybe I took someone else's kid? Just because a statistic says one out of eight (or one out of ten, in the case of homosexuality), that doesn't mean that you can line everyone up and just count off by 8's or 10's.

Denise said...

winsomeone said...
I did wonder why they chose to tape it when all of the older girls were gone.Seemed good to see Michelle doing some hands on child care

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I think this was done for a multitude of reasons.
1) to show Michelle doing some actual child care since she is ften criticized for her lack of involvement (post breastfeeding) with her children.
2) To show that the girls have some freedom and days off from raising their siblings, another criticism that the Duggars and TLC producers often hear.
3) to avoid any incriminating/unscripted answers from the girls (Jinger springs to mind) who are becoming more worldly, opinionated, and perhaps less likely to sip the kool-aid and tow the party line.

I haven't been able to find an ATI convention or retreat (I assume they were at an ATI function as they seem to be the only functions that the Duggars approve of) that is exclusively for girls and operates independantly of the ATI/IBLP Family Camp where the girls would have been unsupervised during this time (though I am sure that Jim Bob accompanied them to whereever they were and filmed his interview segments on a different day). Hmmm, maybe the girls just took some of the middle children (I didn't spy Miss Johannah or Jennifer and there weren't many of the little boys running around either) outside so that neither the older girls nor the younger children were in the way of the Jim Bob and Michelle show. Naturally Jordy was left there with Michelle as the obligatory child that Michelle needs to take care of to show that she actually does interact with her kids.

theresa said...

did anyone else hear michelle say that they love EYEtalian food?

Good grief. Who says that?

Anonymous said...

The baby asleep in the swing was just another example of the Duggar's disregard for safety. It happens on nearly every show now, that we see examples of such near misses, it is a miracle that none of them have been seriously injured.

Also, what was that with putting the choking baby back to sleep? Remember Michelle feeding her lying down? For having 18 kids, Michelle seems not to understand the most basic rules of child safety.

Anonymous said...

I was bothered when Michelle said , "I remember how overwhelming it was back when we had so many young ones around at the same time."

She would STILL be frazzled and overwhelmed if she was actually raising the children herself instead of having the four older girls doing all the housework and childcare.

That was a very, very revealing (and disturbing) comment.

Hopewell said...

The girls were at a Gothard girl's retreat http://abirdhouse.blogspot.com/2009/10/jouney-part-i.html

pogo said...

I watched, thought Michelle's and JimBob answers were lame and not fully explained. The pants answer was very lame and not fully answered. The person who asked, what if some of the girls wanted to wear pants, what would you say? that was not fully answered. Just as the carbon footprint was answered in a circle and not really answered.

Andrea said...

What stood out to me was the STARK CONTRAST between the Duggar's Q&A and Kate Gosselin's. Queen Kate sat on her royal throne, with not a single disruption to "mess up" her interview. On the other hand, I LOVED how Michelle frequently excused herself to get the baby up from her nap and to check on another little one. The Duggar's responses seemed genuine and not as scripted/rehearsed as Kate's, and they actually (politely) addressed several issues that were *gasp* challenging their way of life! Kate doesn't even allow challenging/adversary questions to be asked! Good job, Duggars :) You made me like you even more.

luvmybabies said...

Enough With The Multiples said:

"Just turn it off and go out to dinner, take up a hobby (other than sex for them), visit friends, etc."

Rude! And tasteless...also, this is ridiculous because the reason other people don't have 18 children isn't because they have sex less, it's the use of contraception.

Harriet said...

did anyone else hear michelle say that they love EYEtalian food?

Good grief. Who says that?


As soon as I heard her say that I cringed. It's regional I guess is the kindest way to say it. Half my deceased husband's family pronounces it that way. It's how they heard it growing up and still hear people pronounce it and so it continues.

Judy said...

Regarding the Quiverfull movement -- I have no problem with the concept but I don't think the Duggars truly follow it. It really seems like there is a LOT of timing going on to enhance the opportunity for conception. If the Quiverfull movement means they're leaving it up to God, then there should be a complete avoidance of timing either to AVOID pregnancy or to ACHIEVE pregnancy.

Anonymous said...

luvmybabies said...
Enough With The Multiples said:

"Just turn it off and go out to dinner, take up a hobby (other than sex for them), visit friends, etc."

Rude! And tasteless...also, this is ridiculous because the reason other people don't have 18 children isn't because they have sex less, it's the use of contraception.

10/28/2009 6:00 PM

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Actually, if you've read one of the books that the Duggars reccommend on their website, it is the one that they gave to Josh & Anna before their wedding, called "Intended for Pleasure", Dr. Ed Wheat says that having a TV takes away from the time couples should spend pleasing each other, so he tells couples that they shouldn't have one. Basically, he thinks having a TV means people have less sex. So...this person's criticism, though crude, isn't far off.

*~*Nicole*~* said...

Can someone do recaps like on the "other" board? Not sure if this has already been discussed...if so maybe someone could let me know? Just a thought. Have a Happy Halloween!

Sharla said...

We've been asked before and it's a lovely thought but I doubt it. We're all pretty burned out at this point and finding recappers with the right touch can be difficult. Almost all the other recappers have moved on from watching these shows.

Anonymous said...

"did anyone else hear michelle say that they love EYEtalian food?

Good grief. Who says that?

As soon as I heard her say that I cringed. It's regional I guess is the kindest way to say it. Half my deceased husband's family pronounces it that way. It's how they heard it growing up and still hear people pronounce it and so it continues."

It is regional. I say it that way, and so does about everyone I know. I will finish my master's degree this summer, so I'm hardly uneducated. I wouldn't be too tough on them about this. There's a difference between grammatical mistakes and different pronunciations based on dialect. EVERYONE has a dialect and everyone's dialect will have mispronunciations based on someone else's dialect.

Dianna said...

theresa said...

did anyone else hear michelle say that they love EYEtalian food?

Good grief. Who says that?

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Well actually most real Italians say it. The authentic way to say Italian is I'taliano or 'eye'tal'lee'on'oh. Believe me! Oh, the Italian lessons I've endured from my father-in-law he never gave up trying to "teacha-me" the language. My Husband's grandmother, grandfather and also step-grandfather all came here from Morbegno Italy in 1909 and they always said the 'eye'. It's an 'I' not a'talian or eh'talian. So Michelle actually did say it properly- my father-in-law would have been proud!:)

SuzanneDeAZ said...

They did not address my question. I asked them if they still had a home church and if they got a tax decuction for holding church in their home. It seems many think they pay no property taxex because churches are exempt. They pay property taxes as you can check the public tax records. I thought the question would be a good opportunity for them to set the record straight.

RachieK. said...

Dianna said...
theresa said...

did anyone else hear michelle say that they love EYEtalian food?

Good grief. Who says that?

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Well actually most real Italians say it. The authentic way to say Italian is I'taliano or 'eye'tal'lee'on'oh. Believe me! Oh, the Italian lessons I've endured from my father-in-law he never gave up trying to "teacha-me" the language. My Husband's grandmother, grandfather and also step-grandfather all came here from Morbegno Italy in 1909 and they always said the 'eye'. It's an 'I' not a'talian or eh'talian. So Michelle actually did say it properly- my father-in-law would have been proud!:)
___________________________________This may have been a local dialect from where your inlaws lived... it's "e"taliano for most of the country. I recently spent four months over there, and that is how most provices/major cities pronounce it. So if they were saying they were going to eat Italian in English (which is far fetched anyway!), they would say e-talian, not i-talian or eh-talian. Just my two cents!

RachieK. said...

theresa said...
did anyone else hear michelle say that they love EYEtalian food?

Good grief. Who says that?
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By the way, I'm not being a dialect snob! I thought it was an amusing pronuciation, I have only heard it pronounced that way in jest, and on the movie Grumpy Old Men. I'm sure it must be a regional thing! But I was relieved to hear Michelle both realized and admitted that their version is NOT authentic(obviously)! I'm sure it's delicious, as is Olive Garden, but neither Cucina Duggar nor all you can eat soup, salad, and breadsticks is authentic Italian. Not by a long shot!

CiaoBella said...

I think we all need to remember that these shows are edited. So when you make a comment such as "put a choking baby to bed" keep in mind tha the time between Michelle picking up baby Jordyn and then putting her to bed was probably not as immediate as it seemed. If you watched, you would notice that when Michelle said it was nap time Jordyn was quitly laying on her shoulder like she was ready for bed, the same thing my son does when it's bed time. You didn't hear any coughing or choking. It'squite likely she had been holding her for quite sometime and even more likely that she was only coughing and not truly choking. I think sometimes people get a little over critical on the childrens care. Any of us who have children can say our children have doen stupid/un safe things when they weren't as supervised as they probably should have been. But I would rather see kids rough house around and play outside then live in a sheltered bubble being protected from every possible thing that could happen. All the Duggers seem quite healthy and well adjusted.

And to comment ont he girls wearing skirts. I doubt they were lying when they said they had the choice. Most children, espeically young ones, given that choice would probably stick to what they know and dress the same way as their mother does. I have a brother who has 10 kids and his little girl only wears skirts or dresses...always to the ankles, but she is allowed to wear shorts and pants at my house and I even buy her clothes for summer when she is here but she refuses, she only wants to wear her dresses. I can't blame her, for 8 years that is all she has known. She doesn't seem to care what anyone thinks or what we all wear and more power to her!

Im_in_PR said...


SuzanneDeAZ said...


They did not address my question. I asked them if they still had a home church and if they got a tax decuction for holding church in their home. It seems many think they pay no property taxex because churches are exempt.


Unless they filed their taxes and tried to claim their church as a business, they would not get any kind of tax exemption.

And since churches are not businesses, it wouldn't fly anyway. I mean, no one would ever even do that. The only way a registered church is tax exempt is that they qualify as a 501(c)(3).

They just have a simple home church.

Im_in_PR said...

Jessica said...

Yeah I was curious about Jordyn wearing the pants also..I think they don't know the bible verse for the reason they wear skirts/dresses, a verse in the Bible states that women are not to wear what pertains to a man, and vice versa..some take this literally, but it can be contradicted as well


Hi, if I may interject....I believe they DO know the Scripture from which they base their beliefs, and Jordyn wearing those little pants wouldn't be a contradiction based on what I surmise the Duggars believe. Bear with me.

While it is true that there is a verse in the Old Testament that forbids the Old Testament Jew from cross dressing, that does not seem to be the verse that the Duggars base their beliefs on. That verse, in the Old Testament is Deuteronomy 22:5
The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman\'s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

Based on what I have heard them say several times, I believe the verse they base their belief on regarding wearing dresses is 1st Timothy 2:9.
In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array;

That verse, with its specific admonition towards modesty, is directed at New Testament Christians, which the Duggars are. The OT verse wouldn't apply to them, and while I could be wrong, I don't think that the OT verse is what they are basing their doctrine on.

If you notice, they frequently mention "modesty" as a conviction of theirs regarding the females dress. That's the New Testament verse.

Im_in_PR said...

Anonymous said...

**on the 200 grandchildren comment...

one out of every 8 couples of child bearing age deal with infertility. Based on that statistic, 2-3 of their kids (once married) will deal with infertility.**


The numbers vary, one in 25 men have impaired fertility.
And infertility and pregnancy wastage (including abortion & miscarriage) affect one of every nine couples in Western Europe and in the United States
So I think based on those numbers Duggars kids are statistically far more likely to be fertile than not.



Especially considering the fact that female infertility rates are higher in populations that use birth control and delay pregnancy until later in life. I bet the Duggar girls won't be too effected in that department.

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What is the Duggar stance on this?? Is it acceptable to not have kids??**


I believe I have heard Jim Bob say that the Lord opens and closes the womb, so I don't believe they would castigate any child of theirs who was not fertile.

Im_in_PR said...

Like the question about the carbon footprint.I was wondered if Jim Bob even would know what that was...

I think the show edits a lot to make Jim Bob look sort of like a bumbling but genial idiot, and it shows Michelle as sort of the down to earth smart one, even scripting her statement as narrator to read "And this is MY family..." My opinion is that it's all part of the bias against fathers in general that is so prevalent in the media today.

But the reality is that Jim Bob is very intelligent, and was elected to the State Senate of Arkansas twice. Of course he knows what a carbon footprint is!!!

Anonymous said...

the baby was sleeping in pants because it is more comfy for sleeping .She put the dress on her before sitting down in front of the camera.
Michelle almost seemed like she had no real good reason to give for why her daughters all need to wear dresses. She either blanked out or it made her wonder why?
Otherwise I loved this episode but feel kind of sorry for the mom whoasked about keeping the house clean and not really getting a more detailed answer. Then again maybe it's liberating for that mother to see that the Duggars don't have all the answers and are just regular people in a close knit family!

raisingmybabies

Anonymous said...

My understanding is that they do use the home as a meeting place/church, and do get the tax deduction. It is not just their own family that "worships" there, but other individuals as well.

I didn't really care about Michelle saying "Eyetalian" but Jim Bob's grammar is another story. It's like he is a hillbilly with his misuse of most verbs. With the amount of time he has been in politics and on camera, it is time to learn to speak properly, if only now to model proper English language usage for his children (some of whom have the same problems with speaking as JB does).

AutumnBride08 said...

I was very disappointed in this episode. I really thought we were going to get some very good answers to some tough questions many people have been asking for years, but nope, just the same ones we've heard over and over again.
I admire many points about the Duggars, but I also was genuinely disheartened when I heard some of the comments and saw some of the things that were going on during's Michelle's interview: really missing those older girls shows heavy reliance on them to "raise" the younger ones and leaving that child alone in that swing is SO dangerous...all very disturbing. I admire the Duggars raising the kids with exceptional Christian values, but I really do disagree with giving so much responsibility to a sibling to raise a child I as a parent brought into the world.

Sandra said...

Don't you find it interesting that when interupted by children, Michelle gladly went to supply their needs? She has such a joyful spirit, she is a wonderful role model in patience, kindness, and goodness.
I have watched the 'other' show for a while, and started the Duggar show recently...when watching the other show, afterwards I am in a bad mood...when watching this show, afterwards I am happy and find myself smiling!
I just hope tlc doesn't try to make this family try to fit the mold of the other one...the trips, clothes, etc..I have already seen it in vow renewal, and a few trips.

Anonymous said...

The show doesn't have to edit to make Jim Bob sound like a bumbling idiot. Listen to him speak, with his double negatives, and misuse of verbs. Those aren't edited-it's just the way the guy speaks, and it doesn't make him look that great!

Leeroy said...

Also, what was that with putting the choking baby back to sleep? Remember Michelle feeding her lying down? For having 18 kids, Michelle seems not to understand the most basic rules of child safety.
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I guess you weren't paying attention- the baby wasn't actually choking she was pooping...

RachieK. said...

People keep saying Jim Bob's grammar makes him sound uneducated... for all intensive purposes he IS uneducated. The guy didn't go to college, worked in the public sector for about two seconds, and moved on to more lucrative opportunities. The only sad part is that neither he nor Michelle is qualified to teach their kids high school math or english. I can see home schooling smaller children (although I disagree with it for the most part), but once a kid hits high school they need to be learning from someone who can push them and encourage them to pursue higher education. Jim Bob and Michelle are not doing their kids any favors, there aren't many careers out there that don't require a degree of some sort. Even Josh would be a more credible businessman if he had a business degree, he would shine in a world of grimy used-car salesman.

It takes all kinds...

Anonymous said...

Actually only about 25% of US jobs require a degree. :)

Im_in_PR said...

My understanding is that they do use the home as a meeting place/church, and do get the tax deduction. It is not just their own family that "worships" there, but other individuals as well.

Well, according to the IRS, unless you have a business in your home, you can't get a tax deduction per se. And even then it has to meet very stringent standards. The home church meeting that is in the Duggar's home would not in any way, shape or form qualify for that deduction.

And if they were claiming that the whole home was a full time church and trying to be free of property taxes, they would have to have filed as a 501(c)(3) which would mean that the home operated full time as a completely not for profit venture. Personally, I don't believe that in a million years they would ever even try something like that. No one would.

The property taxes in AR are not that high anyway, 0.53%.

Anonymous said...

This discussion has been beaten to death here and on TWoP numerous times. People have checked the Duggars tax records even. They DO NOT claim their home as exempt. Can we let this internet rumor die at last? Maybe they thought it was a foolish question which is why it wasn't asked and answered?

Anonymous said...

I really wished the older girls were there to answer some of the questions.

I mean Ginger and Jessa seem to be more of rebals compared to Jana and Jill.

Out of the four older girls, Jill acts the youngest.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad I am not the only person who heard Michelle say 'EYE'talian. Coming from a very Italian family, that pronunciation is considered offensive! Had to chuckle at Michelle's pronounciation of Massachusetts!!! hehehe

Im_in_PR said...

Coming from a very Italian family, that pronunciation is considered offensive!

Oh my.
Really????

imaamy said...

RachieK, I agree about JB's English skills. He sounds like a hick for sure. However, it is for all intents and purposes, not intensive.

sandra said...

Someone's dialect and educational background does not dictate whether they are GOOD people. Some of the most educated, proper speaking people are almost the rudest, crudest, selfish people out there.
A person needs to be judged by their heart, their works.
The Duggars are good people. I would rather live next to them any day, before I would live by that 'other' TLC family.

Anonymous said...

I agree most jobs don't actually require a degree, but try landing one that will support a family of yet undetermined size without it. At the very least, they will need some type of training at a vocational or trade school.

-Katydid

Eye-talian is incorrect said...

Im_in_PR - yes, I am also from an Italian family and eye-talian is considered to be, if not offensive, just plain ignorant. My parents are Italian born and most of my family still lives there - we are not offended but do laugh when people show so little effort in proper pronunciation. Same as eye-raq. Sorry - it shows a lack of attempt to understand other cultures. Probably like the Duggars might feel if we called them red-neck southerners. (which I don't)

sandra said...

Even Josh would be a more credible businessman if he had a business degree, he would shine in a world of grimy used-car salesman.
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Ouch, that is a harsh statement about used-car salesmen! Someone has to fill this profession. Most are people like us, just trying to provide for our families.

At least he is trying at his job. He isn't living at home with his parents.
My daughter graduated from a major university this past Spring. It was reported that the job market for these new graduates was worse than what workers dealt with during the Depression. A degree does not guarantee employment. A degree does not mean a person has more value than a non-degreed person. I have known plenty of both, and there are jerks and gems on both sides.

Sandra said...

A while back, I met someone from Iran....they said the correct pronunciation is I 'ron', not I RAN, as we say.

No one is perfect. If the harshest thing someone could say about me (like they said about Michelle) was I said a word wrong, then that is pretty high praise.

sandra said...

I also believe that the motivation for the family to do the t.v. show is money - of course they are not in debt, their income is from working for TLC. The continuing of being constantly PG is assurance that the family will always be in the spot light.
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Sorry, don't agree. Michelle said on this show they did the show so they could be an encouragement to others.
I have not watched this show long. I have watched that 'other tlc family', and the Duggar family is like a breath of fresh air!

You can tell immediately if someone is 'real'...the Duggars are as real as they come. The Gosselins, on the other hand.....ugh...

Willow #1 said...

Michelle did say Jordyn was pooping, not choking. The sibling who reported the choking to mom did the right thing to question it. He may have been asked to keep an eye on her?

Im_in_PR said...

Eye-talian is incorrect said...
Im_in_PR - yes, I am also from an Italian family and eye-talian is considered to be, if not offensive, just plain ignorant. My parents are Italian born and most of my family still lives there - we are not offended but do laugh when people show so little effort in proper pronunciation. Same as eye-raq. Sorry - it shows a lack of attempt to understand other cultures. Probably like the Duggars might feel if we called them red-neck southerners. (which I don't)


I know plenty of Italians and have cousins who are hald Italian, by way of a dear Uncle born in Italy, married my Aunt, and I have NEVER heard of any Italians who are intolerant enough to claim offense at a regional mispronunciation of the word "Italian."

And personally, I don't think that a regional mispronunciation of a word is in any way equal to a slur like calling someone a red-neck southerner. But that's just me.

Anonymous said...

sandra said...
I also believe that the motivation for the family to do the t.v. show is money - of course they are not in debt, their income is from working for TLC. The continuing of being constantly PG is assurance that the family will always be in the spot light.
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Sorry, don't agree. Michelle said on this show they did the show so they could be an encouragement to others.
I have not watched this show long. I have watched that 'other tlc family', and the Duggar family is like a breath of fresh air!

You can tell immediately if someone is 'real'...the Duggars are as real as they come. The Gosselins, on the other hand.....ugh...
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Okay if the Duggars only do the show "so they could be a encouragement to others" why should they get paid at all? In fact instead of getting paid the money should go to a charity of their choosing. As well there would be no freebies or trips or any perks from being on a television show.
This should be the case for any show in which the cameras follow a family's daily life. Whether it is the Duggars,Gosselins,Roloffs etc> I thought the whole purpose of these shows was to show viewers how these families cope with many children or physical differences in everyday living?
TLC pays these families quite well and the perks from being on television can be very nice. I am not faulting any of them for wanting a income to help support their family or educate people.
But lets get real, how many of these families would still be doing the shows if they were not being paid? It all comes down to money

RachieK. said...

imaamy said...
RachieK, I agree about JB's English skills. He sounds like a hick for sure. However, it is for all intents and purposes, not intensive.
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Wow, thanks, haha. I don't know how I got through 25 years without knowing that, and YES I did go to college. Embarrassing... maybe more so for my parents, who are still paying for that fancy education! :) I didn't however, take any classes on the proper use of cliches, so maybe I should just avoid them.

my three sons said...

My son earned a masters degree in psychology and had so much student debt that he drove a truck for 5 years so he could pay it off. Truck driving paid more than what he could make in the particular field that he had specialized in. When he was in high school his advisor told him no matter what the economy, someone will always need a plumber, so having a "manual" skill to fall back on is a wise move. Technical or trade schools are usually more focused on skill building without requiring the usual world-view liberal arts type subjects (English, Science, Critical Thinking) that the Gothardites object to. I think it was very "convenient" that all the older kids were gone when the Q&A show was done. I'm sure one of the biggest questions for these kids would be "What are you doing to further your dreams and aspirations?" Unfortunately, the answer for all of them is "Nothing".

Anonymous said...

The entire "carbon footprint" question was stupid to say the least...I have never in my life asked friends/family about what they think about their "carbon footprint" legacy. I think that Jim Bob and Michelle answered the question very well...after all they do buy from thrift shops.

nccalgal said...

It has been said in previous episodes that JB get very nervous when he has to speak before a crowd, even when he was running for office, the speeches would tear him up. That could also be part of the reason he doesn't come across well when he's answering questions in front of the camera. He's trying to act like he's relaxed, but he isn't. He may not be an intellectual giant, but I don't believe he's the village idiot either. I think the same goes for most of the older kids as well, they don't seem to enjoy being in front of the camera answering questions either. Unfortunately, the only one who really looks comfortable in front of the camera and seems to be having a good time is Josh. As far as the kids basically repeating the same answers as their parents, I think that's typical for most kids. Until they actually get out on their own and have some life experience, most children basically follow their parents philosophies.

Mandy said...

For those of you who don't watch the videos on TLC's website they do post a new one each week. This week's included more questions that weren't in the episode and one of them asked about any of the kids going to college. Michelle said that none of the graduated children (Josh/John David/Jana/Jill) had any plans to attend a university right now.

If they were filed on the University campus I wonder if they were there for a speaking engagement or if Jessa is interested in going there.

I have a feeling if Jana or Jill ever do decide to become midwives (Michelle mentioned this in her answer) that they will pursue programs outside of the University.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone else noticed that their children seem to sleep anywhere they please? Also, they dont appear to wear pajamas either. I am always noticing children sleeping on the floor, fully dressed. I even saw someone asleep with shoes on ?!?! I don't know...I guess this just strikes me as very odd. They must not have much time to prepare their children for bed.

sandra said...

TLC pays these families quite well and the perks from being on television can be very nice. I am not faulting any of them for wanting a income to help support their family or educate people.
But lets get real, how many of these families would still be doing the shows if they were not being paid? It all comes down to money

10/30/2009 2:04 AM
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I respect your viewpoint, but I still disagree :p

There is nothing wrong with the Duggars making money from the show. (And I bet they don't make nearly what you think they do).

Their main intent was to be an encouragement to others, and that is what has occurred. It is like saying, well, the preacher shouldn't get paid. They still have bills to pay as well.

Also, from some of the shows I have seen (and I haven't seen a lot of them), the Duggars are KIND to those that they meet, are respectful as well. They also try to do something charity-minded while doing an activity (such as last week's race for children).

And who is to say that they don't donate a lot of the money they make to charities, such as the one they go to yearly in South America?? I don't see the 'other' tlc family helping anyone other than themselves. I bet the Duggars do more for others than most.

This is all speculation on our parts, we don't know a person's heart, so we can't possibly know their true intent. But actions speak louder than words...and their actions speak 'do unto others'....

Anonymous said...

For someone who claims not to like to do public speaking, Jim Bob certainly puts himself in a lot of situations that require it! He could have a quiet, solitary type of job, but no---he has to put himself out in the limelight of national television, and travel all over the country introducing himself to people!

I also think the only really shy older children are Jana and John David. Jill talks a blue streak, and seems to have the grammatical troubles of her father, but is not the slightest bit shy.

Betty said...

Another long running TLC family was paid $5K an episode for season three. It isn't bad, but certainly not riches.

Im_in_PR said...

My three sons said I think it was very "convenient" that all the older kids were gone when the Q&A show was done. I'm sure one of the biggest questions for these kids would be "What are you doing to further your dreams and aspirations?" Unfortunately, the answer for all of them is "Nothing".

Just my opinion and I could of course be wrong, but perhaps we couldn't know for sure that the answer to that question would be "nothing" for all of those kids.

They use Alpha Omega/ Switched on Schoolhouse curriculum and they do offer some advanced classes. And maybe they are continuing their education at home via the internet like so many people do today?

Im_in_PR said...

Anonymous said...Has anyone else noticed that their children seem to sleep anywhere they please? Also, they dont appear to wear pajamas either.

I've never noticed them sleeping anywhere except their beds. But I did notice that (in the boys room) they do not have sheets on their beds. I wonder why?

I also noticed what looked like air purifiers IN the boys beds with them, up by their heads. I thought that was weird, if that is what they are. Does anyone know?

SuzanneDeAZ said...

If Anna's degress is in Christian education that degree is mainly for church related jobs such as a Children's director for Children's church, VBS and Sunday school. It is not a degree to be used in schools, not even Christian schools. Big difference.

Anonymous said...

Now that the "show which shall not be named" is on the road to being cancelled, I expect more attention will be focused on the Duggars. To be honest I do not see this being a good thing at all. My question to JB and Michelle would be: How will you handle the increased media focus on your family?
The tabloids will dig up any dirt they can find or make up just to sell magazines. For those that don't believe that would happen. When J&K first started many people felt the same way about that family as they do about the Duggars(nice Christian family, cute children etc) then the stories and rumours started and now many people can not stand them. Granted that family had problems, the media still turned on them. Frankly no amount of money is worth the break up of a family or having the tabloids use your family to sell issues

pumpkin said...

Regarding the machines on the boys' beds... I believe they are the high powered blower fans used to dry things out (like after a flood) and my first thought was that one of the little boys may be a bed-wetter (could also explain why they were sleeping on the floor of the girls' room) but they didn't want to draw attention to this poor little guy, so they didn't say anything particular about it.

In an earlier episode, we also saw one of the little boys sleeping in Jana's bed. That made me kind of sad that they feel more maternal towards Jana than to Michelle.

Anonymous said...

I watched some earlier episodes, and Michelle actually attempted to teach at the kitchen table in those days. Now the buddies get to teach, or there is computer instruction.

The Duggars claim that all the kids "graduate" from high school by age 16, so I don't think a one of the older kids is reading or learning anything in higher education, of their parents' own admission.

I am still bothered that one does not see books around the house, or any of the girls reading to the little kids, or Michelle doing any teaching. A mind is too precious to waste!

Willow #1 said...

I am just stunned by the lack of concern for the kids' educations. I was raised in a protestant denomination that has wonderful christian colleges. Other churches have them also. Many of them. I don't understand why they can't go to a Christian college. There are very small ones, even, that concentrate on the bible. It must be more than just "wordly influence". Do they just figure they will not have regular jobs that inter-mingle with the public, therefore they don't need an education?

Im_in_PR said...

SuzanneDeAZ said If Anna's degress is in Christian education that degree is mainly for church related jobs such as a Children's director for Children's church, VBS and Sunday school. It is not a degree to be used in schools, not even Christian schools. Big difference.

Do you know where Anna has a degree from? I know that Pensacola Christian College offers a degree in Christian Ed. and many of their graduates go on to teach in Christian schools across the US. PCC is the home of ABEKA BOOKS, one of, if not the largest providers of Christian educational curriculum for Christian schools and homeschoolers.

Im_in_PR said...

I believe they are the high powered blower fans used to dry things out (like after a flood)

I did a little research to satisfy my curiosity and I think it is a small sizes air purifier. WHich makes sense since I have heard Michelle talking about their allergies. They also make great white noise.

Theresa said...

I don't think it's fair to give Josh a lot of credit for working hard at his job everyday. His father gave him that business. There was no application process, interview, 90-day performance review, or any other process a regular employee would go through. His father gave him the business, and he goes there everyday, period. Other 21 year olds would not have the opportunity for owning their own business with absolutely no job experience or education. If Josh was an employee at a dealership and couldn't make his quota, he'd be fired.

What if their business fails? What other options are open to Josh? Does he think about that at all?

Anonymous said...

If you watch the episodes where the fans are visible, they definitely do not appear to be "air purifiers". I agree that there is a bedwetter or two in the Duggar boy masses, which also explains why they sleep without sheets. Daily sheet washing for several boys would just add to Jinger's or Jessa's washing burden. So, they sleep on a bare mattress, and use the blowers to dry up the wet mattress.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

I do not think it is a bad idea to give your son or daughter a business. Also I do not think going into a business rather than going to college is a bad decision. Each family has to decide what is best for them and what works. Giving a son a business or putting a child through college are individual choices. It is not uncommon for one generation to give a hand to the next generation.

Im_in_PR said...

If you watch the episodes where the fans are visible, they definitely do not appear to be "air purifiers".

When I get a chance I'll rewind the DVR and make sure, but I believe they are Honeywell brand Air Purifier.

I agree that there is a bedwetter or two in the Duggar boy masses, which also explains why they sleep without sheets. Daily sheet washing for several boys would just add to Jinger's or Jessa's washing burden. So, they sleep on a bare mattress, and use the blowers to dry up the wet mattress.

Personally, I think the idea that they allow the children to lie upon unwashed urine soaked mattresses every night is ludicrous. IF all those boys were bedwetters,(because they all have an air machine of some kind up by their heads in bed) it would make far more sense if we saw plastic sheets on each bed, rather than a mattress without a sheet, like we do see. Also, a urine sodden mattress would show an obvious stain and wet spot, and theirs do not.