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

28 comments:

Religilicious said...

I'm going to go out on a limb here and guess that JBD's rental properties are dumps.

rcadra2 said...

I'm just dismayed that it looked like the kids were recruited to clean the place up. C'mon - from cooking to daycare to cleaning a rental. Do they ever get a break?

sandi said...

It looks like they ran out of things for the Duggars to do,so they resorted to this.JMO.

Dar said...

I may be wrong, but I'll bet you won't see Michelle getting her hands dirty. He body is too precious. She just might be able to produce one more "blessing". It just would not do to be exposed to all those germs.

She does absolutely nothing in her nice clean home (compliments of the jurisdictions), I doubt she will "muck in" with the rest of them. Just saying!

Reality TV Junkie said...

I really don't like how Jim Bob announces that their all doing something the same day that they actually do things. They have no say in whether they want to partake in the activity or not. I really don't think the kids would have chosen to clean that house if Jim Bob were to properly ask them if they wanted to or not.

Did anyone else notice how much Jennifer looks like Jana? They're both very pretty.

Sharla said...

If you want your comments posted, please remember the keyboard has a caps key. It gets lonely if it isn't used. A reasonable approximation of correct English is necessary.

heavennoseven said...

So, I think this was flimmed early winter. So, we got flasbacks,a birthday,old facts,a storm and a house project. Yawn, we have seen this before.

Cyn said...

How many parents ask their minor children to help?

As the parent I TELL the minor children what they will and will not be doing that day. Don't really care if those minor children are 7 or 17, if I the parent tell them they are going to help then they are GOING to do it. Asking them gives them the illusion they can say no.

That said, 8-10 kids and people can clean up that big of a mess in nothing flat leaving time to play, and or have snacks on the way home. lol bet some of the middle kids have a better appreciation for keeping their house clean after the odor from houses like that.

I thought JimBob was the type (like Clark Howard) to buy the trashed and smelly properties, clean them up and double the value of the property (or close to it) almost over night. We did the same with the house we live in now, bought it from the bank for 42K, because it had a few broken windows, and a few dead birds. We had it appraised after we moved in and fixed the windows, property value jumped to 90K simply by being occupied and the windows fixed. (did I mention the gawd awful smell??? it was gone by simply airing out the house and getting rid of the dead birds)

Dar said...

I find it amusing how Michelle and Jim Bob are so quick to apprise the audience that the children are learning life's lessons. They are contributing to the healthy finances of the family cleaning up that miserable place. These children contribute to the household finances from the moment their little (or big) feel touch the floor.

It would be interesting to learn just how much is being put away or being given (for the older "blessings")to these aforementioned children. I am at a loss to see just what the "mother of the year" contributes.

Her daughters bring up her children and all the children do the manual labour around that house. It was interesting to see the blackberry in her hand during the 16th birthday party. How detached can one possibly be?

ennvee said...

They claimed Michelle had a "prior engagement" (which implies that the house cleaning was also pre-planned...surprise) and Jill was shown taking care of the four girls.

Is it wrong to think (especially after reading the second book) that Michelle's "prior engagement" involved a bubble bath and a Bill Gothard CD?

mom in texas said...

I saw nothing wrong with Jim Bob having the kids help clean the rent house. His little "blessings" have to keep the family afloat. I liked how he kept mentioning that one day that could be a house for one of them. It wasn't a bad home once it was cleaned. I also agree with some of the other posters. As a parent we set the rules. Kids should not have a say so in what chores or tasks they will do. Sometimes kids are given too much authority.

There were some cute moments this episode. I enjoy seeing some of the younger ones. Little Jackson is such a ball of energy.

hart&sole said...

This show was fairly good. Since I have 6 children, and yes, I gave birth to every one of them, I saw no problem with the kids helping to clean up the rental property. For a change they were home rather than packing, traveling, speaking, or signing books. What I am getting tired of is Jessa, or Jinger, rolling her eyes. I wonder if my opinion of the family would change if I spent a day or two with them? Right now I think Jim Bob means well, but he's just plain goofy. Michelle is Captain Obvious with her kindergarten teacher voice. Yet, I never miss an episode, go figure!!

Delta88 said...

That house was disgusting. Some of the kids were cleaning up that filth wearing no gloves, and I definitely saw one pair of flip flops. I'm not a germaphobe, but it really wasn't at all sanitary to be going through all that with bare hands. It wasn't all paper garbage: there could have been razors, needles, feces.

But safety has never once been a top concern for the Duggars.

HistorianMom said...

I am amazed at the idea that it is "dismaying" to have children helping out and doing chores. I thought this show was among the better ones lately; showing the family doing normal family things. My kids help around the house, including big chores, spring cleaning, and minor repairs. They do not get a vote in whether they will do this or not; you are part of the family, so you contribute to the family's well-being. It is refreshing to see a father teaching basic skills to his offspring. I am no Jim Bob fan on most days, but I have to commend him for the way he is teaching the boys in particular the kinds of skills many people hire out these days.

M-A said...

I would normally see nothing wrong with kids helping out (kids do less and less these days), but it’s not like the Duggar kids don’t already do plenty without having to be exposed to particularly harmful amounts of bacteria and contaminated dust from a dump with nothing to cover themselves up (disposable gas station overalls, closed shoes, and gloves, anyone???). Masks were already surprising. The girls already do all the house work and the boys (eventually) do their share too. It just seemed like pushing it with the dump to me.

Michelle’s prior engagement, it probably was “show / book / promotion” related and not family related if they failed to describe it, or seen in a prior episode and hidden to keep the chronology what they need it to be. And who knows where the money goes since no child-performer laws currently exist for reality show kids… Certainly nothing in the girls’ own names. I’d like to see TLC (and others) try to pull all these shows off under “child actor” laws. Impossible.

ennvee said...

There is no chronological consistency with this show. Last "season," they showed episodes taped in March, up to the ski trip. They started this season with the ski trip in late March, jumped forward to the El Salvador trip (early April, IIRC), back to Colorado, now to JANUARY to clean out the house (the bare trees and heavy clothing - although one girl stupidly wore flip flops into that flophouse) and next week the big Arkansas snow storm, which certainly didn't happen after the Colorado ski trip. It doesn't snow where I live, but I recall the really bad weather back east happening in January/early February (when they drove to Colorado, most of the slopes at lower elevations were bare...our wet weather out west happened in April and May (very late for us).

At any rate, there is NO consistency to the timeline of events on this show.

roddma said...

"My kids help around the house, including big chores, spring cleaning, and minor repairs. " I see nothing wrong with kids helping either. It is the rigid gender roles that disturb me which wasn't enforced here. The biggest part of the time the girls will be watching the little kids or cleaning house. they have laid tile before. I have nothing against teaching skills but I prefer both gender learn cooking, cleaning, and repairs. But I guess none of the Duggar boys will ever be living on their own.

Sharla said...

1.473 million viewers.

Alberta Rose said...

I'm glad women have freedom of choice. I can remember in the late 70's to mid-80's my mom choosing not to help with doing home renovations in the cheap house they'd buy every time the oil company moved my dad. She would, however, encourage me to help my dad and younger brother. It's good to see Michelle not force her choices on her daughters but to let them do things that traditionally are regarded as "men's" work.

michelle said...

That house was nice on the outside but disgusting on the inside. I guess Jim Bob saw it as another money making real-estate deal. It looked like it had been left for years. I have moved a ton but never left my houses in that condition. Yuck was not quite the word for it.

emm said...

I don't have an issue with the Duggar children, or any child for that matter being told they must do chores. I think the bigger concern here is "how much is too much?" there is a fine line between teaching responsibility,accountability...etc...and making them collectively as a unit tow the line and perform the lions share of the work.

Religilicious said...

Aren't the Duggar offspring doing ENOUGH to dutifully 'help' their parents?? The daughters provide almost constant childcare for their parents' younger children and all of them participate in the 'family business' of being actors in a 'reality' series, so seems they are pulling their weight more than the parents, neither of which have had 'real' jobs outside the home in a very long time.

Ellay51 said...

Glad to see others wondering if any funds are set aside for each child for their participation in this show.Has the concept of college been mentioned? Where do they think the staff and technology that saved their youngest came from?

Also, I'm thinking, out of 19, we'll get one 'tell-all book' from a Duggar child down the road....

michelle said...

This just hit me after re-watching this episode. The girls do everything in skirts: cooking, cleaning, and everything else. Wouldn't pants be easier and just as modest though? With pants you can bend over, climb, clean and whatever you want and not worry about someone seeing your underwear or your "stuff". Just an observation. I've had several men tell me that skirts make them actually notice women more because they are more feminine. Isn't being looked at by men a no-no in the Duggars beliefs

Cyn said...

I've had several men tell me that skirts make them actually notice women more because they are more feminine. Isn't being looked at by men a no-no in the Duggars beliefs
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They want to be noticed AS women, just not as sex objects. Hence the reason for the longer skirts and no pants, shorts, halter tops, mini skirts, and the like.

It's also why they wear make-up, style their hair, and other things.

roddma said...

"They want to be noticed AS women, just not as sex objects. Hence the reason for the longer skirts and no pants, shorts, halter tops, mini skirts, and the like. "
This is why pants are made for men and women. Pants don't make women less feminine and skirts don't make you more feminine. If any of the Duggars girls wanted to dress tomboyish, would it be discouraged?

Delta88 said...

The Duggar girl skirts are getting shorter and shorter. They are wearing a ton of makeup, Michelle tans too much. Their tops have shorter and shorter sleeves and are certainly cut much closer to the body than their tops of the olden days. I'd say some shirts border on almost revealing.

It certainly seems that wearing skirts to be "modest" is just silly, because the Duggar girls/women do so many truly immodest things and draw so much attention to themselves in other ways.

Religilicious said...

"They want to be noticed AS women, just not as sex objects. Hence the reason for the longer skirts and no pants, shorts, halter tops, mini skirts, and the like."

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I, too, hate the cheap and tacky hooker look that is currently so commonly seen on tv. It actually looks cartoonish rather than stylish. It has no class, no sophistication.

However, I also believe that men are capable (and likely) to see women as women and NOT as sex objects just because the women are wearing a normal-length skirt or (gasp!) slacks, or even (horror of horrors!) shorts with a summer-like top.

Just as not all skirts are created equal, slacks, shorts, and summer tops aren't all the same either, and most are not 'encouragement' to men to view the wearers as sex objects.

I think the Duggar view on modesty is simplistic and insulting to both genders.