Questions for the Duggars

Do you or have you in the past spanked or used other corporal punishment on your children?

Do you vaccinate your children?

Do you give your children daily multi-vitamins?

When your children turn 18 do they then have non-restricted access to the internet?

When your children turn 18 are they then permitted to go anywhere alone, as opposed to always taking a sibling along for "accountability"?

For Josh.....does Anna have non-restricted access to the internet? (since, as per your wedding vows, when you got married "authority" over Anna passed from her Dad to you.)

Does TLC ay the Duggar family en masse?

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58 comments:

Kristin said...

Would it really be acceptable for your children to "choose" to date?

Would you allow your children to marry someone whose religious beliefs differed from your own (perhaps another Christian, but not as conservative)?

Why can't your girls wear pants? What if one of the older girls wanted to wear pants?

Why have none of your children pursued higher education, despite previously expressing interest in careers that require it(i.e. Josh wanting to be a lawyer)?

What would happen if one of your children decided to abandon your way of life? Would they still be a welcomed member of the family?

HappyLaura said...

Do you recycle anything?

Amanda said...

What happens when things go wrong and you can't or don't want to "be sweet?"

What would happen if one of your children's spouses became abusive? Would you encourage them to leave or stick it out because divorce is frowned upon?

Is it ever okay not to yell "NIKE"? What is that based on?

just.me said...

Are you setting aside a fair portion of the shows earnings in a trust for the children?

Do the adult children keep and invest their own money from TLC?

just.me said...

You claim that you'd "allow" your children to attend college. But do you actively encourage them to attend accredited universities?

If so, why haven't you concinced any of them to give it a try?!

Midwest Mom said...

Why don't you correct your children when they stomp on each other's backs, drag each other across the floor, hit each other with toys and/or hands?

Amanda said...

Did you teach your children that it was okay to roll their eyes and make faces in strange situations and around people from them?

Anonymously Yours said...

Hope 3 questions are ok:

1) Some feel that using children in 'reality' shows qualifies as child exploitation and an unnecessary sale of childhood and needed privacy. What are your feelings about this issue?

2) From your tv show, it seems you seek to severely limit your children's exposure to the non-conservative Christian world. This can be offensive to non conservative Christians because it seems to imply they are somehow less ethical than your family. Can you expand on why you so limit your children's exposure to the larger world?

3) Can you provide any data on the ATI curriculum you utilize in your home schooling, comparing it to data from your local public schools regarding subsequent successful pursuit/achievement of further education?

Anonymous said...

Why do you allow the younger children to play so rough in the house, and with each other?

How often exactly does each parent spend in quality one-on-one time with each child per day?

Have you ever considering hiring help around the house and letting the older girls get a break in what appears to be full-time duties?

For your children who are over the age of 18, are they paid separately by TLC for any appearances on the show?

for your children who are under the age of 18, is an equal amount of money set aside (either per episode or per season) for their role in the show, in a trust account that only they can access once they turn 18? (or something similar) In other words, what financial provision is being made for your children that you placed on reality tv when they were under the age of consent?

Anonymous said...

what would you say if one of your children wanted to be a Democrat? or belong to the Libertarian party? or just be an Independant? would that be ok with you? will they be allowed,and are they allowed, to choose the party of their choice,with your blessing,no matter what it is?

Anonymous said...

Is having a daugther get married going to be different then a son?

Nancy said...

To JB and M: Are you allowing Medicaid to pay for Josie's enormous medical bills, or have you waived this right to be consistent with your anti-government program subsidy stance?

Celestie said...

As mother to two little rascals, myself, I would like to know how you get through the travel days without a constant stream of snacks and potty breaks? Sigh! It was not this hard with girls or was I just 20 years younger?

Anonymous said...

Why do you not let your children work a paying job?

Would you rather have them start their own business?

Anonymous said...

are you aware that there are others out there who are even more conservative in dress than yourselves,and that you or your family could have someone yell NIKE!,or some other comment, when they see you?

Anonymous said...

On an episode from a previous season, we saw Jim Bob reading out loud at the kitchen table to the little ones from what sounded like the King James version of the Bible. I would like to know why he wouldn't chose a more age-appropriate version of the Bible in the case, for instance a children's Bible with pictures?

Anonymous said...

Why did you cancel your Today Show appearances?

Anonymous said...

If you think your miscarriage was a result of something wrong that you did or was a sign from God, what do you think of Kelly Bates's miscarriage? (or multiple miscarriages- I don't remember).

Anonymous said...

Have your experiences as the church in Little Rock changed your views of Christian rock music with a drum beat and other differences in worship/sermon styles (ie, lifting hands, dancing, etc.)?

Anonymous said...

Can JimBob bridle his passions like most husbands as he heads into middle age? He's not exactly a teenager or a newlywed anymore.

Celestie said...

Michelle, would you allow me to buy you a new blouse? JB has bought lots of new boy toys. I think you deserve something, don't you?

Anonymous said...

Will you please teach Johanna not to pick her nose? It's in every episode nowadays.

Anonymous said...

do the older girl ever not want to help out?

msrylee said...

And if they don't want to help out, what happens in that situation?

msrylee said...

Have you cancelled the Today Show in order to show-case Josie after she comes home again?

pumpkin said...

Would you "allow" one of your adult daughters to work in an office where she was the only woman?

What if it was your son in a workplace where he was the only man?

kitteh said...

Why do all of the children's names begin with the letter "J"?

Anonymous said...

When you two were teenagers, how much time did you spent each day changing diapers, cooking, scrubbing toilets, doing laundry, changing diapers, tutoring siblings, feeding toddlers, changing diapers, etc.?

Anonymous said...

Do you really believe you are an inspiration to others, and if so, how?

Do you realize how much criticism you are receiving?

Do you think your daughters deserve a life of their own, or will they be your indentured servants forever?

Why do you not believe in education, since your children are clearly uneducated?

Judy said...

Duggar children (especially the older ones):
Be honest, is there ever a time that your parents have announced another pregnancy and you've thought, "Not again!" or "We just can't handle or another!" instead of being absolutely joyous about it?

nana of 6 said...

Why are your children up to the age of 4 still sleeping in pack & plays? (playpens)

Kerri said...

How does JB & M feel about Anna & Josh having Mackynzie's ears pierced?

Kerri said...

I have two questions. One for each biological "parent".

Michelle~ What is the difference between a sibling helper or a fill-in parent? Compare and contrast using all the vocabulary words you have been teaching at the kitchen table.

JimBob~ please use all proof necessary to distingush between a sperm donor and a full time parent.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Do you feel guilty for robbing your daughters of their teen years and educational opportunities?
Do you plan on teaching the younger children manners and good behavior?
What if the four oldest girls announced that they found an apartment in another town and were moving out? Who would raise the children?
Have you ever thought of sending the flock of boys and Joy-Anna to school so you can just raise the babies at home during the day?

hannah said...

do you kids ever read about the negative comments or harsh rumors about them and thier siblings? how do you handle that.

Celestie said...

Can anyone tell any of the herd, of 6 boys, apart?

Anonymous said...

Some financial questions?

1. What percentage do you require your children to tithe to your home church from TLC funds? Also, do you take that percentage from the money (if any is) that is put aside in trust for the younger ones?

2. Assuming that all kids over 18 are paid separately, are your daughters allowed control of their own pay, or since Jim Bob has authority over them is he in control? Or is it in trust for their future husbands?

3. If something were to happen to Jim Bob, does Michelle have the "right of survivorship" on all financial accounts or does this fall to Josh since he is the oldest son?

Anonymous said...

2. Assuming that all kids over 18 are paid separately, are your daughters allowed control of their own pay, or since Jim Bob has authority over them is he in control? Or is it in trust for their future husbands?
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All three were excellent questions, and boy do I wish the viewing public would be treated to the real answers!

My guess on this question is that the adult children do get paid separately, with checks probably written payable to them. Is JohnDavid the only adult unmarried male thus far? I bet he gets his money, or at least gets a portion of it, to use in establishing his business, or to put aside to save for a home.

As to the adult daughters - there's just no way that JimBob lets them have access to their own money. At most, he puts most or some of it into separate accounts "in trust" for those daughters, but to be turned over to their future husbands or to be used in paying for a home when they are finally allowed to get married and leave their unpaid jobs.

I wonder if the daughters are aware enough to realize that if he's holding onto their money, that's illegal and they could force the issue and demand it be given directly to them? Probably not - which is another reason why Gothard prefers families keep in seclusion from the rest of the world. It's another way to keep your children ignorant of their rights.

Anonymous said...

Do you own any guns?

Why did the Bates family have a gun rack with guns on it in the boys attic bedroom/dorm?

Do you wish that the U.S. federal government was conservative christian?

Anonymous said...

To Anna: why did you Home Birth?

Was it because your doctor wasn't available & the substitute doctor wouldn't agree to be on TLC?

Do you think a baby has the RIGHT to a Medical Doctor & medical attention in a hospital when it is born? Have you ever been told to be suspicious of doctors & hospitals?

Do you think a child has the RIGHT to an education? Or is that totally up to the parents, no matter how isolationist & extreme their religious beliefs?

Anonymous said...

Will try to put this as delicately as possible because it is personal & I really do not seek to offend anyone.

After 25 years of marriage why do you still have sex so constantly or so often???

Anonymous said...

After all of the time, effort & cash (refusal to get mortgage) you were willing to put into the construction of your home, why didn't you do it properly & build a basement first? Think of all the storage space and, depending on how finished it was, extra bedrooms.

Anonymous said...

Since you refuse to have an evil TV, how did you follow the events of Sept. 11, 2001 when it happened?

Ollie said...

Do you allow your own children to watch the same version of the show that airs on television, including the births and talk about conception dates?

Do you know that commercials for birth control are, or were, airing during your show and how do you feel about that?

How much control do you have over what is filmed and the final edit of the show? Do you get to preview the show before it airs?

I learned via another blog that Anna's home birth was apparently as spontaneous as it appeared in the television episode, did anyone discuss with Josh and Anna why this might not have been the best idea? Did they have a certified, not by ATI but really certified, midwife or a doctor present? Did they have a plan and the resources necessary for a quick transfer to a hospital should it have been necessary for Anna and/or the baby? Had they consulted with their doctor beforehand about having a home birth and were they sure that Anna was a good candidate for one? Do they realize or did they even consider that if they did not take the proper precautions but decided to purposely have the baby at home and something had gone wrong they could have faced legal sanctions in addition to whatever may have happened to Anna or the baby? If the decision was made primarily for filming purposes did anyone at TLC express concern over the possible legal ramifications if it was not handled properly? If everything was planned and accounted for, why was this never mentioned on TV? Did Anna really want her mother in law and one of her sister in laws to be present while she was giving birth?

If Josh is really running his own business why do he and Anna appear to have so much free time to travel around the country with the rest of the family? Do they just shut down the car lot for days or weeks at a time or does someone else work at it for them? How many of those overpriced heaps of junk has Josh really sold? Does he have better cars for sale at a more reasonable price that are just never shown on TV?

For Jim Bob, do you really feel it was respectful of your wife to announce that you felt she had "baggage" on national television? As your wife was about sixteen and a virgin when she met you I don't know what kind of "baggage" she could possibly have had, what about her having dated or kissed a few boys is such an issue for you?

Jim Bob and Michelle, considering that you believe a person can be defrauded by their own parent or sibling, don't you think that your constant kissing in public is defrauding to your own children and to the viewing public at large? Have you always lacked self-control and discretion when it comes to physical expressions of affection, or is this something you do for the sake of the camera?

Gaby said...

Whats the fasination with long denim skirts and the 80's hair with the girls? Do the girls ever rebel and wear jeans? If so, what would Michelle say?

What do the teen girls do for fun besides attend boring conferances and stale museums?

Why does Michelle always wear that same green shirt week after week?

Why does Grandma Duggar always look so depressed?

Gaby said...

Michelle has 7 siblings. Why is it that none of Michelle's family has been seen in the hospital or even visited their home? Was there a falling out? Do they not want to appear on tv?

HW said...

I would also like to know if Jim Bob feels any remorse for bringing up Michelle's past "baggage" for having dated a few other boys before they married. That was very disrespectful to her and I think he owes her a public apology for disparaging his wife on national television.

Also to Jim Bob:
On the day you and Michell were at the obstetrician's office at the same time as Josh and Anna, why did you feel it was necessary to tell your son and daughter-in-law when your child was conceived? Also, this was their first child, couldn't you, as grandparents, have shown more excitement for them rather than bring the attention to yourselves?

Mary said...

hi

Since when is it Christian for you children to yell nike when they see someone. Is that not judgemental? In the show when boys and gorls changed roles why was it older gils being shown so called boys work but it was the little boys doing the woman's work. where were older boys??? I guess they should never learn to cook. Jim Bob read your bible about vanity and stop with the hair. Also why is that you are also always Late. its rude and does not teach your children to be responsible. Jim Bob have you ever thought about packing the day before or few days. Also let little kids sleep on bus with one of the big girls because you and Michelle would never give up your bed the night before you go on a trip

Jessica said...

How were you able to afford 20 acres plus the steel-frame home kit in addition to paying your bills and such for 15 kids (before TLC came along) all on one income and debt-free? What grocery store was Jim Bob working at to be able to make enough money to purchase land & a 7000-sq ft home 100% debt-free?

Anonymous said...

why did Michelle consider cheerleading to be sinful,and thus quit? and if it was so sinful,why is there a pic of her in her cheeerleading outfit in your book?

if pants reveal too much on women,then why is there a pic of Michelle with pants on in your book?

who was the Dr. that told you that the pill can cause a miscarriage? do you believe he had an agenda in mind when he told you this? do you think he would have said the same thing to a family of any heritage,ethnic group or religion?

and lastly,was it yours or Michelle's idea to rid of birth control,and who'd idea was it to follow Gothard?

Inquiring minds: said...

To Jim Bob and Michelle:

How do you pay $2000 every time you go to the grocery store, and why do you buy so much processed, junky food? With all the foot soldiers in your home (ie, the slave girls) surely you could cook food that is less processed and laden in fat.

Do you give the over 18 year olds their share of the TLC money?

Do you believe that it is fine for your 20 year old "children" to still go on baby field trips that are more geared to kids ten years younger?

Do you feel that at some point, children become adults, or is it only when they marry?

Mary said...

why when building the house you did not build extra rooms for your older girls. To have some privacy and be modest. I think those girls have no private time alone. Ohh I did see you put a Master bath in your bed room. Nice of you those older girls also should have a bath attachted to there room The girls are NOT girls but women

Anonymous said...

For Michelle:

You said you only became a Christian when you met Jim Bob. This may be personal, but did you, as many teens do, have premarital sex?

Anonymous said...

With 20 people living in your household, how long did it take to fill out your 2010 Census form?

Questioning Mind said...

Can Johannah stretch out in that Pack'n'Play? Do you really think she's comfortable in it? If you were more open to the internet, you could go to Craig's List and pick up a couple of toddler beds for next to nothing. At least the little ones could be comfortable.

Kristin said...

Why do your children have no privacy or personal space (everyone's clothes in the laundry room, 2 dormitory style bedrooms, etc.)?

When Jinger was supposed to be a chaperone for Josh and Anna's outing, it all of a sudden changed because they were going to see an R-rated movie. How is that the case if you only watch Christian and family programming?

You have been told by doctors that it would be risky for you to continue to conceive. You just had a micro-preemie that was close to death. Will that really not stop you from trying to conceive again?

Mary said...

do you ever cook a major meal like a few chickens, turkey, roast beef. All I ever see is theat mush with less than a pound of chicken in that mush.

Why do you let so much junk food into house. Is that what fills the children.

I see some of the girls/womem in the house agree with every thing you say.

I do see some crackes with other kids. I see some of the boys leaving. I think you will see John David leave the nest.

watching some recent episodes when the girls were asked uestions they had no answers. It was true with the boys. Its really a shame you have done this to your children. Michele you went to regular school and then to high school. do you really think all your kids are going to be under JB and your thumb for life? They can't even think for themselves

Mary said...

Hi

Do ay males in you house do any work? Or is it womens work. I think every night the boys should clean the table as well set it. then clean up the kitchen and do dishes. They also should learn how to do laundry. They might not marry and they are not going to live at home forever having thier sister wait on them