Tues, May 18, Duggars Go Wild

With a family as big as a pride of lions, it's no wonder the Duggars feel right at home in a zoo! Jim Bob and the kids monkey around when they visit the Little Rock Zoo. And on a visit to see Josie, Jim Bob and Michelle meet another preemie being treated.

30 minutes

56 comments:

just.me said...

Sounds like another yawn-fest!

Anon 3:14 said...

Because the younger children act like wild monkeys at a zoo, the Duggars should definitely feel right at home visiting the Little Rock zoo.

I hope JimBob takes the time to point out all the shapes and colors, so it's educational, especially for the older Duggar children.

Anonymous said...

I think it will be fun to watch. I find it so sweet to see them see another preemie. Maybe Josie and the other child will become future friends?

Michelle said...

I like show and Duggars, however I dont agree with all the things they do and believe in, and the field trips are really getting boring. They need to come up with something else.

bonehead said...

I got some ideas: how about learning ecology, planting a garden and about food(let's face it they do eat very salty and processed food. How about older kid stuff. I truely think the Bates are far more interesting. Anything except more field trips, that are more for the younger kids than the older ones.

Anonymous said...

If cousin Amy is going.. Im not watching.. lol.. Also, enough w/ the fat shots of King Josh.. lol

SuzanneDeAZ said...

It sounds like it is going to be a blast to watch this next show. With the Duggars life is never dull.

Anonymous said...

Will Cousin Amy be chasing lambs again?

Anonymous said...

Oh god, enough with the field trips! How is this even remotely interesting TV? There are just SO many other things they could chose to show instead. UGH!

Anonymous said...

I got some ideas: how about learning ecology, planting a garden and about food.

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Actually, that would make a very interesting episode. They should, when they get back to their real home, make a garden in the backyard. It would teach the kids about hard work, and they would hae healthier food. Home grown food is way better that store bought. As long as Jill is the NOT the only one working while the other kids kick dirt.

Anonymous said...

TLC is really scraping the bottom of the barrel.

Kitten said...

Well, they can't really take the kids on field trips geared for the older children, because that would mean exposing them to ideas outside the "approved" zone. I mean, you can't go to an art museum because there are "Nike" paintings everywhere, you can't go to a regular museum, because there might be exhibits discussing evolution, you can't go to the Clinton museum, because that might raise questions about political opinions, etc., etc., etc.

When you're trying to keep your kids "down on the farm," you can't let them even suspect that Paris is out there, let alone take them to see it.

Celestie said...

I got some ideas: how about learning ecology, planting a garden and about food.

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It would be interesting, but I get the idea, they are not at all into getting their hands dirty. They will never know the joy of planting a seed, watching it grow and harvesting the fruit of their efforts. Oh wait Pa, does that all the time. And he gets paid for exibiting the fruits of Ma's labors, so to speak.

Meanwhile, I do think it would be interesting to see the family get some real nutrition and meal preparation information. Learning to eat healthy and wisely might urge them to garden, at least some herbs, a tomato plant or two, some radishes and carrots, maybe some corn. Peas are fun, peppers are easy. The thundering heard, really needs to be occupied in a positive way. Maybe the girls (I would never suggest the boys do such feminine activities, or break a sweat for that matter) could grow flowers and learn florist skills. Then they could decorate their home and parties with real flowers and not plastic and paper junk. Who knows, that among the 19 of them, one could find a love of the earth and a new business.
Someone suggested getting a nurse in to talk to the entire family about taking care of Josie. A brilliant idea.

Anonymous said...

I got some ideas: how about learning ecology, planting a garden and about food(let's face it they do eat very salty and processed food."

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What a very excellent point.

I'm not clear on how it makes sense that the Duggars make their own laundry soap (?) but do not grow/can veggies and/or fruit.

Is Gothard against gardening, too?

Anonymous said...

They will never know the joy of planting a seed, watching it grow and harvesting the fruit of their efforts. Oh wait Pa, does that all the time. And he gets paid for exibiting the fruits of Ma's labors, so to speak.

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Ha! You're comment on Jim Bob planting seeds made me laugh! The only exception is that they don't cherish their effort as much as they should.

mythoughtis said...

I hope that only the younger children are going on this field trip... by that I mean that the teenagers have been allowed to decline. Surely they can start separating the field trips by age... so that the older teenagers can enjoy the museums, etc.

Anonymous said...

The latest research shows that you get more vitamins from purchased frozen veggies than from fresh one, that is assuming the veggie didn't go directly from the garden to the table.

I'm curious as to how many families actually expect or get their children, especially younger ones to work in a vegetable garden, keep in mind that Arkansas during time is going to have temperatures in the 90's and 100's. I love to garden but I'm not sure I would be up to that!

Kitten said...

TLC already tried the gardening thing a couple of show seasons ago, although I think the actual work of getting the garden prepped and planted was done by a "friend" (I use quotes because with TLC it's impossible to know whether this person really is a friend, or just a hired expert brought in to get the job done). As I recall, NO ONE was interested in actually maintaining the garden.

While it certainly would seem that a family that makes their own laundry soap would be interested in growing and preserving their own food, such is not the case, apparently. Gardens do take daily maintenance, after all, even if it's not a significant amount of time, and canning and freezing have to be done when the food is ready, not when the Duggars feel like they have time to do it.

Actually, I'm guessing the Duggars no longer make their own laundry soap.

Anonymous said...

Since everyone is throwing out show ideas here are some more.

1)Michelle and Jim Bob hire a nurse to help out
2)Older kids take a fun vacation
3)Cousin Amy singing career show
4)Jana job shadows a christian mid wife
5)Josh at a fitness bootcamp
6)Girls thrift shopping and sewing

maynardsmom said...

I hope they behave appropriately. I always have problems with out of control children running amuk in public. But of course this is for pay and they have to do something totally ridiculous to make interesting tv. Or give us something to talk about. I think the show is about over. What is left to see? I do wish them all well. I do hope if any more of the children get married they relocate to the spouses area. Of course it is all about the money.

babysteps said...

I'll join in on the show ideas....

1. The kids join sports teams or take dance classes. They have the money and extra drivers now.

2. The Duggars put in a pool and explore the racey side of Walmart bathing suits.

3. Jessa and Jinger go to college and room together. (A spinoff)

4. The Duggars buy Johannah and Jennifer their own beds to cut down on the leg cramps they suffer in the port-a-cribs.

5. The Duggars buy some real arts and crafts supplies for the kids. Markers and poster board are getting real old.

6. The Duggars start a family singing group and record a CD. I'm amazed they haven't done that yet.

Anonymous said...

The Duggars would not have the time it takes to grow and maintain a garden. They may be quiverful but they are not homesteaders.

I doubt they make their own laundry soap anymore either. Laundy detergent wouldn't be expensive for them to buy. Since they are so good at finding great deals I am sure they could find a bottle of laundry detergent that has 96 loads of use in it. I believe it was Target that had a bottle that is there brand for $11.00 this week. I just read on the fun fact from TLC that they do about 200 loads of laundry a month. So one bottle would almost last them two weeks.

Anon 3:14 said...

Many feel the Duggars would benefit from a garden if for no other reason than to occupy the time of the ill-behaved younger children.

The Duggars however, have exercised their right not to have a garden, and instead, the younger children occupy their time with "productive" activities such as dragging each other across the tile floor, hanging off a basketball goal, stomping on each other's backs, etc, etc.

Hats off to the TLC executive who named this episode "Duggars Go Wild", it's the first honest thing they've done in awhile. The younger Duggar children "go wild" in every episode with all the hitting, pushing, dragging, stomping.

Anonymous said...

The Duggars would not have the time it takes to grow and maintain a garden. They may be quiverful but they are not homesteaders.

I doubt they make their own laundry soap anymore either. Laundy detergent wouldn't be expensive for them to buy. Since they are so good at finding great deals I am sure they could find a bottle of laundry detergent that has 96 loads of use in it. I believe it was Target that had a bottle that is there brand for $11.00 this week. I just read on the fun fact from TLC that they do about 200 loads of laundry a month. So one bottle would almost last them two weeks."

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I totally agree with you about the laundry soap - I thought the whole thing about them MAKING their own supposedly to save $ was absolutely bogus.

If they had time to make laundry soap, they'd have time to do at least a small garden. Just saying...

Since the Duggars are so enamored of home schooling, I can think of many creative ways to use gardening and maybe even selling a small amount of veggies as a hands on experience.

The older Duggar offspring are essentially freebie live-in nannies anyway, so it's not as if gardening and a small scale selling of the home grown produce would have to be without oversight.

Just makes more sense, IMO, to spend time gardening vs. making laundry soap, especially, when, as pointed out, laundry soap is not one of the more expensive items on anyone's grocery list.

Anonymous said...

Gardening is hard work and children under eleven would not be able to do it. Who then would do the garden work? It would seem the girls already have enough to occupy their time without spending it weeding a garden or supervising younger children as they do it. That leaves possibly Joseph and Josiah and they aren't the "wild ones" being referred to here. Are you going to put eight year old James and seven year old Justin out there to work in a garden and expect results? Michelle has to be watching over her newborn and Jim Bob has his "work" with his rental properties with his helpers, Joseph and Josiah.

Anonymous said...

Which will be better behaved, the animals or the Duggar kids? Tune in!!!!

Anonymous said...

The gardening does not have to be on a commercial scale - a small garden is all that has been suggested. No one here has suggested they become truck farmers.

Some people actually ENJOY gardening and find it relaxing, enjoyable, and gratifying. Why not the Duggars?

Gardening would be more interesting to watch than yet another scripted Travels With Dramamine episode.

Anonymous said...

I have three comments about the episode;

First, I noticed that the "Oxygen in use sign was still up, after Josie had gone home. Hmmm...

Michelles whistling into the camera was SO unneccsary. Interesting talents Michelle has.

Lastly, Jim Bob's "Meow" to the tigers. That was really funny. The way he changed his voice.

Anyway, good episode, really.

Anonymous said...

Jim Bob's smile. He seems "creepy" with it almost. I found it very awkward to watch him kiss Josie and smile afterward. I know, it was sweet, but weird to watch.

Jordyn falling back at the interview was so funny and cute at the end. She is such a happy baby.

Jinger is so funny. "Johanna is a breeze to take care of!" I like her sarcasm.

Jill was teaching Jennifer and Johanna about the colours. They are doing school, but I never see the older ones do work. Wait, that reminds me. They said Joseph and John David are still at home doing work. I know John David had graduated, but Joseph still needs to do computer work. Who knows if he is doing it there!

I liked this episode.

Anonymous said...

Did anyone else notice that Josie looked more "normal"?

JaxMom said...

OK. So in watching this episode a few things struck me.

1) What is with the giant flowers on the little girls' heads? Why? Why would you do that to any child?

2) I felt very sad for the little kids. Yes, they have loving siblings...but they get no one on one time with Mom. It really hit me during this episode.

3) All Duggar girls are not alike. (Yeah.) They all don't enjoy watching "the babies."

4) I wondered if Mary the elephant felt the Duggar kids were kindred spirits.. as they can all relate to being exploited.

I do like how the Duggars let their kids be kids. I like how they don't expect the younger kids to do things perfectly.. not make noise... not make messes. That's a nice change from another TLC family which shall remain nameless. I don't think they're all bad.... but I just think that 19 kids is way too many. There are way too many little kids who still need to "be the baby" and they are pushed aside for the next baby. I have three kids and we're expecting our fourth. My eldest, almost seven, still needs plenty of cuddle time.. plenty of one on one time with Mom. I try and give each child at least 20 minutes of one on one time every day...that they dictate what we play/do. I can't imagine with 19 kids that this ever happens in the Duggar household.

Anonymous said...

I was such a big fan of the Duggars.. The more i watch and learn about them i feel deceived by them.. I can say so much...

But most of all: JB is a big nerd that found a nitch.. Such a moron..
Michelle knows better but "Dumbed herself into denial"

Oh i forgot JB is a scary control freak.. Those poor children..

Cyn said...

Laundry soap takes all of 5 min to make for 10 GALLONS of soap, and it costs less than $1.50.

How do I know? I've been doing it since they gave us the recipe. It gets my kids clothes clean, rinses out of the clothes better than normal detergent, and my kids love helping me grate the soap.

Gardening takes hours of work to set it up, hours weekly to weed, water, keep younger kids out of it, keep pests off the plants, harvest and can the produce. (we tried last summer and never again)

Speaking as a mother of only 5 I'll buy the produce and make the soap it's just easier...

babysteps said...

Did anyone else notice that Josie looked more "normal"?

5/18/2010 6:59 PM
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She's gaining weight and filling out. Amy said on fb that Josie is 6.3 now and that's she's doing GREAT!

Jana fan said...

Thoughts on the episode:

Jill is mothering all the children at home singlehandedly. Although she claims to like to be around the little kids (and I do believe her) she has FAR too much unpaid responsibility for far too many kids.

Which little boy was carrying Jordyn down the cement front stairs of the house while she was drinking from a bottle? He looked again, like he could drop her so easily.

She is a sweet baby, but does wander around aimlessly a lot. She really needs more mothering from her mother. She doesn't even get the same mothering from Jill. Jordyn is the truly neglected baby.

The trip to the zoo as a "learning experience" was so ridiculous. Good, so they petted an elephant. What did anyone learn? No wonder Jinger is always rolling her eyes! And where was Jana? Or Jessa? I thought I only saw Jill and Jinger along on that wonderful field trip.

Josie is filling out. I hope she is getting better, but to spend this many months in the NICU, including more than a month after she was initially released to go home, means that something is still quite wrong with her.

Elizabeth said...

Why do I keep watching? It's the same old, same old boring show. A few comments-again, the younger kids running wild, climbing trees and iron gates with no shoes on-young teenagers trying to "teach" the younger ones instead of being in school themselves; the older ones taking care of all of the housework instead of having a life; Michelle saying she needed to be with Josie because Josie "needed" her-what about your other young children who barely know you and are being raised by their older siblings? JB and Michelle have become media hounds just like Jon and Kate Gosselin. TLC, please take the show off the air so the children have a chance at a "normal" life!

Anonymous said...

Yes, it is possible for children under age 10 to garden.
I know because mine do it every summer since they were 5 years old.

For the Duggars however, it's not possible as it requires (1) patience, (2) discipline/dedication (3) the ability to stay in one place, on task, for awhile (something James cannot do as evidenced by the school-on-the-sofa episode), and (4) garden produce does not include Tater Tots and Cream of Mushroom Soup, a staple in the Duggar pantry/diet.

In the laundry-soap making episode, I was wondering why the Duggar teen girls seemed so unfamiliar with the recipe IF they have been making their soap for awhile. Was it Jinger (?) stirring the soap on the stove and she had to be directed what to do by the other girl......why the unfamiliarity if this was a familiar task? Could it be it was only for the cameras? Gasp !

Celestie said...

One more gardening comment, then I'm done with it. It is possible for small children to enjoy gardening. My girls liked to look for bugs when they were little, and I mean little, like 3 or 4. They loved taking baskets of lemons, oranges, limes, tomatoes and squashes to the neighbors. We ate all the strawberries ourselves, right off the vines.
My little boys really enjoy watching the whole process on how blossoms become fruit and veggies. They are learning what is a weed, which can be pretty,(we have replanted weeds-LOL) and which is a plant. We don't have any bugs yet, but knowing my guys, I''m sure they are going to relish picking the bugs off. The whole gardening effort only takes us a couple of hours a week. We aren't growing a farm, just a few veggies and some fruit trees. Water, weed and feed. No plowing behind mules involved.

Jen said...

8 pounds

Did I see that correct in the pop up? That Josie needs to be 8 pounds before they can do more testing.

Will she have to stay in the hospital until the testing is finished.

winsomeone said...

"Maybe the oxygen sign was still up because the tanks may still be in the house. hmmmmmmmm"

I can't imagine anyone walking into the Duggars' house and actually lighting up a cigarette, oxygen or not. So wondered why the need for the sign to begin with.

Tammy C said...

First, I noticed that the "Oxygen in use sign was still up, after Josie had gone home. Hmmm...

Probably one can use the same logic as to why the Christmas decorations were up in April-they are a family under stress and just making it.

Anonymous said...

If the Duggars are under stress and just making it, then maybe they need to shut down the baby train, not go on and on about how they would love it if God would give them more babies. They can't parent the ones they have.

SuzanneDeAZ said...

When I first saw the no smoking sigh I thought "why", who would have the nerve to smoke in their home. But then again, it may be the law to post such a sign if you have tanks in the home. It is better to be prepared than be sorry.

Anonymous said...

I was thinking the same thing that maybe the oxygen tanks are still there and there has to be a sign stating that.

I really think Jim Bob loves his kids and has fun with them, after all he acts like a big kid most of the time anyway.

I don't know who edits this show but they need to be fired. The woman said her baby was born at 23 weeks and the pop up said he was 12 weeks premature. That is not correct. He would be 17 weeks premature. I didn't even know they could save babies at that gestational age, we have come a long way.

I guess it is only appropriate that Michelle whistles for her children, after all she has quite the litter.

Anonymous said...

Re: For all you know the girls may be getting paid big $$ and may have enough money to buy their own home when they decide to leave the nest.
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I would have to agree and say that may possibly be the case.We forget,they DO have a job...tlc! wouldn't it be law that the ones over 18 would need their own contract anyway? and thus,they would receive their own paycheck?

Sharla said...

A few points. Yes, the no smoking signs must stay up if the oxygen is still in the house. I learned that when the woman next door died and the signs had to stay up until the company that supplied the oxygen got the tanks. Good precaution probably.

Please remember to try to stay on topic. Hint: It's the Duggars. The blog is not here for discussion on mistreatment of animals or how zoos are run or whether we should have zoos at all.

Blogger is giving me grief today and it's taken six to ten tries to remove some of the off topic comments. My apologies to those of you who complained and thought I might not be listening. Blogger wasn't cooperating.

Mary said...

did you see kids pulling on the flowing bushes9Azaliers) SP? and taking the floers off runing the Bush.

I am sure the people love JB and his honking the horn of his car every time he drives. If I lived near them I diconnect that damn horn

listening to Michele how much she missed JB not her kids but JB. Must be planning on making a new baby

Tammy C said...

About the oxygen tanks still in the house and sign up,that makes a lot of sense.Hopefully when Josie comes home she won't need the oxygen.

I can't believe that JB asked if he could ride the elephants.Hopefully he was joking!

Bubbles said...

The oxygen in use sign is there partly to inform emergency workers, especially firemen, that O2 is present. If there are tanks in the house whether or not the person using them is there or not, it must be posted for safety.

Anonymous said...

Jim Bob Duggar has got to be one of the least intelligent men ever to walk the Earth.

1. Gorillas aren't chimpanzees. I know in your little world evolution doesn't exist but in all fairness, you could at least get the name right.

2. No, you cannot ride the zoo animals. Neither can you make them into a snack, glue their hooves/paws/claws/etc. to the ground for a laugh, put funny hats on them or take them to a movie.

3. Jennifer is afraid of everything. Please stop terrifying her by shoving her into every giant animal or machine that she comes into contact with. It's not like she's suddenly going to become Super Girl. She's not that kind of kid.

I am however glad to see that they found a cafe with some animals outside of that they could look at on the way to get even more deep fried snacks for themselves, since that seems to be the main focus of the trip.

winsomeone said...

The oxygen sign requirement must be a regional thing. We had oxygen for my husband, and no signs were put up. The same with my neighbor who is using oxygen right now..no signs at all.

Kitten said...

If there are oxygen tanks in your home, and you do not have a sign up, you are putting yourselves and others at risk, whether a sign is legally required or not. As someone mentioned, if there is a fire in your house, oxygen tanks are like bombs waiting to go off.

At least the Duggars are paying attention on this. Of course, it may well be that the only reason they are up is because TLC's insurance requires them in order to film (hot lights). Whatever the reason, I'm glad the signs are there if the oxygen tanks are still in the house.

Anonymous said...

Why a trip to the zoo?

The Duggar home IS a zoo.

And it may just be that at the Duggar zoo, the 'animals' are smarter than the zookeepers. Maybe THIS is why TLC is willing to pay the Duggars for our viewing admission fee.

Anonymous said...

"Why a trip to the zoo?

The Duggar home IS a zoo.

And it may just be that at the Duggar zoo, the 'animals' are smarter than the zookeepers. Maybe THIS is why TLC is willing to pay the Duggars for our viewing admission fee."

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That made me laugh! I agree the "zoo keepers" (Jim Bob and Michelle) truly do act like zoo keepers. They provide food and water, but the other animals have to care for eachother.

Anonymous said...

JimBob: "Can we ride the elephants?" --yeah, it's dumb, but I think it's more of an "awkward dad" thing. My dad says and does ridiculous things on family trips too--and somehow the trips always involve stuff he thinks is fun. I think JB is something of an overgrown kid himself.

Amanda said...

I have been to the zoo in Little Rock and they offered rides on animals..at first I thought it was an elephant but it may have been a camel (maybe both)

It was actually a third party and not the zoo that had the animal rides and it has been 10 years since I have been there.