Free Discussion January 2012

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What Do You Think Will Be in the Next Season?

Now that TLC will hopefully downplay Michelle's pregnancy and we won't be seeing happy ultrasounds, announcing the gender, and hopefully we'll be blessedly spared Michelle's delivery, what will TLC find that we haven't seen?  Do you think this will be the last season?

Blurring the LInes


Excellent article.

Thank you, Buckeyegirl.  The article posits a good question:  "Reality television has been blurring the public-private line for years. With the Duggars, I’m not sure if it exists at all. "  Have the Duggars lost where the line is or has it ceased to exist for them?

Happy Holidays

We wish you all happy and safe holidays.  The blog may experience some delays in approving comments due to the moderators needing to do some other things.  I'll be traveling this Tuesday. :)

Example of the self-righteous rants we receive.

Why is it that people can't just other people alone. Yes they signed up for a reality series which make them in the "Lime" light. But they are only doing it because of their Faith and love for their family. There are SO many other shows that I agree are staged and wrong. But what have the Duggar's really done wrong? The love their kids. They are happy, healthy and loving. I have 5 myself. 2 I gave birth to and 3 from my marriage. I want more. Is that wrong? Why do people think they can dictate a person's life and pull it into a microscope? Just because they are on TV. They are on TV to give their message about God and raising a family with GOD as the focus. This entire country has got way to use to leaving GOD out of everything. Schools, government and REALLY your going to complain a reality show that ONLY shows good morals?? Do ANY of you have teenagers?? I would be blessed to have mine mind and appreciate what they have. Get off the Duggar's....It's so idiotic to break down the facid of their lives as to...I don't think they really clean, or they can't be like that in real life. Give me break! I was raised not far from them, though I have never met them. I only had one sibling but the beliefs they teach their children were taught to my brother and I. Find someone else to pick apart.

Free Discussion December 2011

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Special, Sunday November 27, Duggar World Tour, Duggars Last Stop (3)

The Duggars are continuing their trip of a lifetime with their third and final stop abroad - Israel. While there, the family swims in the Dead Sea, visits a multi-religion outdoor marketplace, rides camels and experiences authentic, local cuisine.


(60 minutes)

Special, Sunday, November 20, Duggar World Tour (2)

The family continues their trip through the Europe by visiting the city of London. Watch Jim Bob learn to drive on the "wrong" side of the road and see the family enjoy high tea and sight-see on a double-decker bus. Later, the family visits Stonehenge.

(60 minutes)

Possibly Why the Duggar Girls Aren't Rushing into Engagements

The story is here.

Also one of the articles I read yesterday said only 1% of adults who were brought up with the ATI curriculum use it or plan to use it with their children.

Gothard's 49 Character Qualities

To quote Dr Phil should we grade the Duggars' paper?

Due to some reading I did this morning, I ran into the IBLP 49 character qualities again and couldn't help notice a few that Jim Bob especially seems to have forgotten.  Promptness so as not to waste others' time? 

The qualities are listed here.

Issue That Keeps Coming Up

People keep insisting upon asking in a comment why a previous comment was not approved.  One reader left over this issue even though I have repeatedly requested and stated that such questions should be addressed via email or at least by sending the mods an email address to respond.  The blog is not the place for that discussion.  So once again here is why your comment may have been rejected.  Using anonymous since we have asked you not to do so.  Using a blog or website as your signature trying to use us as free advertising.  Using one of the children's names or possibly a commentary on another blog as your screen name.  Off topic.  This blog is not about us, our families, our experiences except as they tightly relate to the Duggars.  Talking down to other commenters, calling them names, and being derogatory about other commenters.  In general, being rude. 

So, most recent questioner, I was still pondering your comment but your first choice of screen name was inappropriate especially here.  Secondly, there is no proof that your assumption is correct and I still had it on hold while pondering it.  Your second comment can not go through as written due to being very "boards on boards" or addressed to the mods and talking about the business of the blog.

We Have Reached the Point in the Life of the Show Where

we get some ridiculous comments and trolls show up just to try to tell us off.  With the Gosselins I would occasionally post one just so the readers could comment on it.  I'll be putting some of the comments here.  I really do not mind a balanced discussion but when people simply want to call names or be holier than thou, I cut them no slack.

So what if the Duggars want to have 20 children? What is all of that to any of you who act "disgusted"? Someone pointed out that there are 7 billion people on the earth today. One more Duggar will not make any more difference than any other family having another baby. If anything, I am disgusted at all of you who have nothing but ill to say about this family. Sounds like jealousy to me. I wonder if this post will make it into the comments?
By Anonymous on Duggars on Today Show November 8 at 4:25 PM

What I really don't understand is all the negative talk about a family that most likely does a lot more good than all the people that talk bad about them. Put together.
By ME!!! on Special, Sunday, November 13, Duggar World Tour, 8... at 3:21 PM

There is something SERIOUSLY wrong with these people."Group think" at it's worst.I mean BESIDES their willingness to pop out an annual Baby For Bucks.So they want as many kids as they can have - why is that wrong?Not at ALL 'encouraging'. One more (model J20)undereducated person will be walking the planet, thanks to these two anything-for-a-buck-and-spotlight. You say the Duggar kids are "undereducated". Do you know them personally? Have you ever talked to any of them, asked them questions? Are you inferring that you are of superior intellect and moral fiber that you can pass judgement on them? The Duggar's are private citizens doing what they are allowed to do in a mostly free country. I don't see any armed guards keeping the older kids under lock and key, no reports of abuse, no reports of threats or mistreatment or anything else. Their cousin Amy is as wild as they come, and she still hangs out with them. Yet the concensus of all of the other posters is that their behavior and lifestyle is wrong. I think most of you are wrong for questioning the Duggar's like this. Thye are certainly not the Gosselin's.
By Anonymous on Duggars on Today Show November 8 at 4:37 PM

Duggars on Today Show November 8

The Duggars are scheduled to appear tomorrow morning for an announcement.  Speculate away.  BTW, please remember I am in Pacific time so your morning comments of the news will be waiting until I wake up and get some tea.  Thanks.

Tuesday, November 8, Duggars: All You Wanted to Know

The Duggars are used to answering questions and in this episode they are taking questions directly from you, the viewer! Watch as Jim Bob, Michelle and the kids answer everything you wanted to know about the family with 19 children.

60 minutes

Special, Sunday, November 13, Duggar World Tour, 8 pm (Episode 1)

19 Kids and Counting: World Tour (Episode One)
The Duggars are packing their bags and heading to Europe. First stop, Scottland! Watch as the Duggar clan walk the Royal Mile, visit Edinburgh Castle, and attend the Scottish Highland games. Then it's off to Ireland for more Irish fun like herding sheep.

60 minutes

Free Discussion November 2011

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Tuesday, November 1, Do Good Duggars (Episode 36)

The Duggars are discovering a new way to lend a hand! Watch as the Duggars take part in a Habitat for Humanity initiative to help rebuild homes devastated by tornadoes in Birmingham, Alabama.

30 minutes

Tuesday, October 25, Duggar Daddy's Birthday

It's Jim Bob's birthday and he is ready to celebrate! But before the party can start Michelle gives him a special gift, a trip to the allergist complete with several rounds of allergy injections.

30 minutes

Tuesday, October 18, 38 Kids and Counting!, 9:00 PM

It's a full house when the Duggars visit their friends, the Bates! Watch as the two large families combine their 38 kids and counting for some fellowship and fun. And the Bates' oldest son, Zach makes a very special announcement...

30 minutes

They think that over half the viewers haven't known the announcement for months? 

Tuesday, October 11, Duggars Under the Sea, 9:30 PM

The Duggars are under water - in an aquarium that is! The Duggars continue their visit in Atlanta, Georgia with their first ever trip to an aquarium. Later, the family meets professional surfer and shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton.
30 minutes

Tuesday, October 11, Duggar in Danger, 9:00 PM

The Duggars are in Atlanta for a little work and a lot of play. After attending a speaking engagement, it's time for some fun in the water, jet skiing, tubing and wake boarding. But happiness turns to worry when one Duggar has a terrifying accident.

30 minutes

Free Discussion October 2011

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Tuesday, October 4, Schooolhouse Duggars, 9:30 PM

Watch as Michelle demonstrates her homeschooling skills as the family prepares for their annual ATI Conference in Big Sandy, Texas. Then the Duggar kids put what they've learned to practice visiting a Spanish tutor and ordering in Spanish at a restaurant.

30 minutes

Tuesday, October 4, Duggar Campout, 9 PM

The Duggars are roughing it - sort of! Jim Bob sets up a tent for an at-home campout, complete with S'mores and scary stories. But when the summer temperatures soar, will the family be able to stand the heat or will they have to get out of the tent?

30 minutes

Tuesday, September 27, 9:30 PM, Duggars Over the Edge

Watch as the large family visits one of the largest waterfalls in North America -- Niagara Falls. But with Duggars' proneness to motion sickness ever present, will they enjoy their maiden voyage or will they rock the boat with seasickness?

30 minutes

Tuesday, September 27, 9 PM, Duggar Grandson Onboard

The first Duggar grandson is having a full day of firsts! Watch as baby Michael has his very first checkup complete with his very first shot, meets his cousin Amy for the very first time, and is a guest at has his very first Duggar birthday party.

30 minutes

Free Discussion September 2011

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OT: Gothard: Fount of knowledge or downright dangerous?

Everyone seems to have an opinion about Gothard and unless it was something directly related to the Duggars we've held people off from the discussion.  During the Duggar episode hiatus, however, looks like a good time to let this run.

Food for thought in this article.

Please remember to be nice, not attack those who disagree, and do NOT try to turn it into a debate.  Thank you.

Free Discussion August 2011

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Blog set to open commenting

Due to the blog having gone a bit "wonky" lately, I've reset it to open commenting.  However, please pick a name and stay with it.  For those who can still comment with your ID, please use it.  Anonymous comments probably will be rejected.   If things get out of hand again, I'll change it back to registered users.

Tuesday, August 2, Duggars, Dates, & Dan 9:30 PM

Good Morning America's Dan Harris visits the Duggars for a day and has the quintessential Duggar experience. And the day gets busier for the Duggars when the older girls host a dating seminar. Meanwhile, Michelle is concerned when Josie becomes sick.

Season finale
30 minutes

Tuesday, August 2, Duggars Take Manhattan

The big family heads to the Big Apple to kickoff their book tour. But when Jim Bob, Michelle and all 19 kids try to navigate the NYC subway system, will they all make it to their destination or will some be left behind at the station?

30 minutes

Tuesday, July 26, Duggars Respond & Rescue

The Duggar clan celebrate Grandma's 70th birthday. Meanwhile, when a tornado devastates Joplin, Missouri the Duggars rush to help with the search and rescue efforts.

30 minutes

Tuesday, July 19, Duggar Dental Drama

Jessa, Jinger, Joseph and Josh all go under the knife for wisdom teeth extractions -- on the same day. But when Josh and Joseph miss a crucial step in preparing for the surgery, they become the ones who need a little wisdom.

30 minutes



Rinse and repeat.  Change the children involved and voila a new episode.

Tuesday, July 12, Duggars, Doctors, and Discipline

Michelle takes Josie to Little Rock for a checkup, but with Josie's recent hospitalization will they get the clean bill of health they are hoping for? Meanwhile, Jessa demonstrates the discipline needed to get the younger Duggars down for a nap.

30 minutes

Free Discussion July 2011

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Tuesday, July 5, Duggar Boys Day Out

Watch as the youngest Duggar boy gets to hang out with his older brothers as they demolish and renovate Josh's new car lot. But will Jackson's urge to play demolish his chances of hanging with the big boys again?

30 minutes

Tuesday, June 28, Duggars Snowed In

When the worst snowstorm in Arkansas history hits the Duggars' hometown, the family is engulfed in a real winter wonderland. Watch as they weather the winter weather with sledding, making snow cream, and lending a hand to their neighbors in need.

30 minutes

Josh & Anna Special "Michael James"

TLC seems to have finally settled on Sunday evening at 8.  Yes, I had to put the name in the thread title.  TLC will be wanting to disconnect every family member from the internet at this rate.  I think they've possibly alienated a few out don't give a fig about TLC's wishes at this point.

60 minutes 8 pm

Tuesday, June 21, Duggars Get Dirty

Watch as this family of 21 comes together to clean up some of Jim Bob's rental properties. But the Duggars are not all work and no play, as they show when the family celebrates Joseph's 16th birthday.
30 minutes

Tuesday, June 14, Duggars Focus on the Family

The Duggars share the secrets to running a large family; conquering the fear of heights.
From MSN.

The Duggars share their secrets on how to run a large family while at a conference in Colorado. Later the family sneaks in some sightseeing, including a visit to the famed Garden of the Gods. And watch as the Duggars conquer their fear of heights!
From TLC.
(30 minutes)

Free Discussion June 2011

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Tuesday, June 7, Duggars Hit the Slopes

The Duggars head to Colorado to take in the gorgeous views and hit the slopes for their first ski trip! But with this being the first time any of the Duggars have skied, will they advance to the black diamond trails or be stuck on the bunny slopes?

(60 minutes)

The Duggars are off to Colorado on their first ski trip.
(from MSN)

Duggars on GMA

Harris visits the Duggars

It's early in the second hour of the show.

Free Discussion May 2011

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Free Discussion April 2011

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Free Discussion March 2011

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Revised Chore Chart

New photos are up on the bottom of TLC's Duggar page including the supposedly latest chore chart.  Whether the revisions are what the Duggars normally do, reflect the time some of the older offspring are doing the College Plus thing, or was assisted by TLC in response to comments about the show, here it is.

Monday, March 28, Duggars & Bates: 37 & Counting

The Duggar home becomes even more crowded when family friends, the Bates, arrive for a visit, complete with a trip to the George Washington Carver Monument. But a severe cold spreads throughout the two large families, potentially ruining plans.

30 minutes

Monday, March 21, Duggars In the Zone

Afer finding out they are expecting their second child, Josh and Anna also discover they must relocate their second car lot by a looming deadline. But will zoning laws threaten and halt the move to a new property?

30 minutes

Monday, March 14, Duggars Deliver

Taking care of a family of 19 can be demanding! Michelle takes care of the younger children and tries to catch up on housework. Anna discovers raising a one-year-old while pregnant with your second child has its own set of demands!

30 minutes

Monday, March 7, Josie's First Birthday

Happy Birthday Josie! It's been a year of triumphs and tribulations for the 19th Duggar following her premature birth at only 25 weeks gestation. The Duggars return home from Central America to celebrate this happy milestone in Duggar fashion.

30 minutes

Monday, February 28, Duggars Make a Difference

Jim Bob and the kids make the most of their trip when they spend time with locals, speak with Honduran diplomats, visit Mayan ruins and even make time to sample authentic Honduran cuisine.

30 minutes

What Has Gotten Comments Kicked Lately

A reader asked for what some one liners or things would get an otherwise good comment rejected.  Using JB or M or other abbreviations of names.  Using derogatory nicknames for the Duggars.  Calling their belief system a cult or other similar term.  The one this morning was ending an otherwise acceptable comment with stupid ultra conservative Christian men.  I will add to the list as we go along. 

I would say as a generality it's frequently being overly derogatory or inflammatory in a comment, going boards on boards, or saying something in a comment that the writer ties to the Duggars but from experience we know will lead the blog off topic in a heartbeat.

Monday, February 21, Duggars Explore South America

Jim Bob and 11 of the kids are headed to Central Americal to help serve those in need. But while the others are away, will Michelle be able to handle the seven youngest Duggars with limited help?

30 minutes

Monday, February 14, Duggars All Aboard

When Joy Anna turns 13 the family celebrates Duggar-style with a train ride adventure and an ice cream party. But when the train has some unexpected guests will her birthday celebration come to a sudden stop?

30 minutes

Monday, February 7, Duggars Act Out

The family takes a day trip to visit the set of a Passion Play, but when the Duggars become extras in the performance, will they steal the show. Back at home, Jill gives Josie her first piano lesson.

(30 minutes)

Monday, February 7, Duggars Rock & Record

The Duggars have a busy day when family friends visit for lunch, Michelle records an audio book and the family returns to Little Rock to help serve dinner at a fish fry.

(30 minutes)

Free Discussion February 2011

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Monday, January 31, Donating Duggars (episode 3)

The Duggars help the community when they donate their time and a building to the volunteer fire department. Later, they are off to Oklahoma to make supply parachutes for persecuted Columbians.

Monday, January 31, Duggars Rock the Vote (episode 6)

John David decides to follow in his father's footsteps and run for political office with the support of the Duggar clan. Later, Joseph follows in his older siblings' footsteps getting braces. Finally, Josh and Anna give us an update on Anna's pregnancy.

30 minutes

Monday, January 24, First episode season five 10:30 PM Duggars Shoot for the Sky

Jesssa's turning 18 and her 18 brothers and sisters, along with Michelle and Jim Bob, have a very special celebration planned, complete with a shooting range and skydiving. But when Michelle takes a pregnancy test, will she be able to join in on the fun?

30 minutes

Thank you, Allison