Tues, February 2, 2010, Josie Duggar's First Christmas

The Duggars have already received an early Christmas present - the nineteenth Duggar, Josie. We'll track her progress and watch as the Duggars recount Christmases past. See what it's like to celebrate with (and buy for) over 20 immediate family members!

30 minutes

Motivation by Deanna

What I really do wonder, is whether Jim Bob knowingly signed on to be a reality TV star, and whether he realizes now how far they have strayed from their original intentions to "motivate" others? Can we really blame TLC completely for this family's complete betrayal of their supposedly original values? Even if they did sign an iron-clad contract, would they not have seen that filming births, premature infants, etc. would not be in line with the very message the family purports to want to send?

Or is Jim Bob just a very savvy business man who looked at his giant family as a personal cash cow, one that could make them very rich? In other words, when they staged all the scenes discussed above, did he do so willingly, because it was ALWAYS all about the money?
What do people think? Were they sellouts from the get-go, or did Jim Bob just get lured in by the money after awhile?

Thanks to Deanna

Josie Update In People Magazine

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Duggars Dance to the TLC Tune?

I know we are all fascinated, as a viewing public, by the events in these people's lives. We all love to see little people, giants, people born without faces, morbidly obese people, people with multiples face adversity and overcome obstacles. I think the original intention of these reality shows was to depict triumph of the human spirit. That was a good thing.

But these reality shows, with children in particular, have become like a circus. Their lives are being played out on national TV, with all the family drama (G family, little people). It just isn't right or healthy for children, including the Duggars, to grow up with TV cameras filming their daily lives. Being a reality TV star because your parents were so foolish as to sell off your childhood is really dangerous. In many ways it is far worse than other child stars (of movies, etc), because none of the little Duggars had a choice or even believe that they are "acting".

These reality shows have gone too far. They are exploiting families, and the families go along with it because they love the money. Jim Bob and Josh probably couldn't provide for their families, at this point, without TLC. They have gotten themselves into exactly the same position as the G family---greed has a way of doing that.We should boycott ALL reality TV shows with children. They're all exploitive!
(Thanks to Deanna)

Josie Report

Cousin Amy has reported that Josie is up to 2 lb 4 oz.

Sun, Jan 31 2010, Special Duggar Delivery

Complications arise when Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar's 19th child, Josie, arrives prematurely.

UPDATE: 19 Kids and Counting Premieres Jan 31.
Less than a year after welcoming Jordyn-Grace into the world, Michelle Duggar gave birth, months prematurely, to her and husband Jim Bob's 19th child and ninth daughter, Josie Brooklyn, in December 2009. And there's more room at the inn -- the Arkansas family's 7,000-square-foot home -- as the couple say they'll continue having children as long as Michelle is able. The Duggar brood also includes MacKynzie Renee, eldest son Josh's daughter, also born in 2009, with wife Anna. (From MSN)

The Duggar family is no stranger to welcoming a new baby to the family. But when complications arise, Jim Bob and Michelle meet baby nineteen, Josie, earlier than expected. Watch as the family welcomes Josie with a Duggar-sized amount of hope and love. (From TLC)

Will update with other sites as they become available.

Please do not report a date change. Going to the schedule from the Duggar page does not show the episode on Jan 31. However, the master TLC schedule has it on Jan 31.

Free Discussion January 2010 Part Two

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I closed the other thread both because of it's size and how things were getting overly contentious again. We understand religion is part of the Duggar's life, but we need to keep the discussion there on what is part of the show and not venture into each other's religions, please. The problem usually arises when there are no new episodes and people start speculating about the Duggars.

Anonymous Comments

The question was sent through again about not having anonymous comments since it gets confusing who has which opinion. I put up a poll to see what most of the readers think of the option. Please vote if you have an opinon or you make select don't care if it doesn't matter to you.

I received a comment about the poll and find some info is in order. Your choices when commenting aren't only to have a Google account or be anonymous. You may select name/URL and put in the name of your choosing without bothering with the URL portion.

The poll closed and we will continue offering the anonymous option. 103 voted to continue allowing anonymous plus another 60 selected don't care. That is against 92 who wanted to end the anonymous option. Thank you for voting and making your wishes known.

Duggar Free Discussion January 2010

Please use this for Duggar sightings, speculation, or general discussion. Note that this is Duggar discussion not other families, TV shows, or personal stories. If you wish to discuss other TLC shows, please visit TLCwithoutpity.blogspot.com. Thank you!