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?

60 comments:

londonbridges said...

I always have hope that this will be the last season. I don't have the slightest idea what TLC will find that we haven't seen as yet. I think that the Duggars would rather end their reality show with positive memories and episodes rather than the latest negative responses from many viewers. Therefore I would think it would be episodes filled with joy, joy, happy, happy etc. JMHO.

Miggy said...

Michael is six months old now so maybe a pregnancy announcement from Anna & Josh?

Reality TV Junkie said...

Well, there will be a special on Jubilee, perhaps another Josh and Anna pregnancy, keeping my fingers crossed on some courting, but not getting my hopes too high, and maybe some trips. Just some guesses.

Sixpence Never the Richer said...

I don't think there is much of anything left that TLC could possibly show viewers. I think and hope that the show is on it's last legs and will probably end on a quiet note.

Use a Name Please said...

Hopefully an engagement and wedding preparation.

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Miggy said...

I should add to my previous post that what I would like to see this year is; Jana & Jill enrolling in a REAL college, Josh put in a situation that challenges his ideas/beliefs (political & religious) instead of just mindlessly parroting JimBob, Michelle actually interacting with her younger kids, particularly Jordyn and most of all, a year with NO NEW BABIES!

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ennvee said...

From what we've pieced together, there was filming going on right up to Michelle's miscarriage (and certainly at the appt. which was supposed to reveal the "jender"), so I DO expect a lot of emphasis on that. Other than the pregnancy, all they had was household stuff, a field trip and book signing and VSE as Amy possibly confesses what she has said on her facebook about sleazebag managers in Nashville.

Since they were filming there, no way another crew followed Josh and Anna to Texas for her family reunion (sans parents and Priscilla who is engaged to Gothard "royalty").

I expect at least two episodes to "Jubilee" to endorse their real purpose for this show; they aren't ministering for their faith. Josh's instagram (and the accidentally ironic FB pics of his "Obamacare" ambulance at his place of business of selling junkers) illuminates their real reasons for doing the show. They're not religious.

I will continue to watch and pick their agenda apart for its ignorance; I tried to say a nice thing about the married Duggars and Amy and came up with very little.

This could be a possible thread topic in the humorous veing to keep us occupied until TLC decides what they're going to do. I suggest JB, Michelle, Josh, Anna and Amy. The other adult children are just that - living at home with - and for that reason, I don't think they could be included. As we've seen, Josh uses the internet to express his opinions, but since the other adults (now including Jinger!) can't, they can't be considered fair game.

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I would rather that they not have another season. I'm so sick of the show, and really, their only claim to fame is their ability to procreate and then dump the younger blessings on the older ones. I don't want to see a special on Jubilee, because there has been way too much on the whole Jubilee fiasco. If there is one, I'm pretty sure that it will be Michelle (on queue) crying those crocodile tears, pics and footage from the ultrasound and funeral, and Michelle and JB only answering questions from their supporters. Woohoo. What's new with that. Nothing thought provoking for them. I also am tired of hearing about Josh and Anna. They really are no different than my neighbors, who are young, married, and have babies. Ok, they don't go to college but still, I would be more interested with those two if they went to college, volunteered regularly (without cameras even) at shelters or hospitals, and stopped acting like their major celebrities. It's not like any of the Duggar (adult) kids have made a major contributions to humanity, such as going to college to become potential doctors, lawyers, nurses, and so forth, or volunteering (sans Gothard) for causes without their parents or the TLC cameras. I don't want to see a courtship, because most likely JimBob will do it to save the show and boost ratings. Sad but true. I hope TLC made the last season truly the last season. Enough already.

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Beedageeda said...

When does next season start? How much time to they have to film replacement episodes for the baby ones they certainly must have had planned?
I would definately watch to see the oldest duggar kids step out of their box.

Rainbow68 said...

I hope that you're right about no ultrasounds and happy baby talk. They are going to have to be so careful to handle the situation as discreetly as possible. I think we'll see them talk some about losing the baby. I think we'll see Christmas footage, especially as some of the younger Duggars, including McKenzie are old enough to really enjoy Christmas. I don't think the newest season will start any time soon, though, because so much of their filming has to be replaced. Maybe a March start for the season?

heavennoseven said...

No Special for the miscarriage. Just a note at the end of an episode would be whats best.

I don`t wanna see a second Car Lot move. Why was the Taco lot sold?

They seem reckless about buying w/o knowing about zoning permits being allowed or not.

No Babies for anyone. Unless. one of the kids gets married.

NJMom said...

Has the show officially even been renewed? I know in the past we've always seen it return in January, but my Tivo is showing only old episodes. I wonder if the show is on hold for awhile, just like TLC did with Kate plus 8. It's probably one reason Kate's show got cancelled, there was no definite schedule of when it was being aired.

no1 said...

My opinion about next season is that Jim Bob will do absolutely ANYTHING to keep the show going.

Also, I'll bet you $10 (I was going to bet $20 but I'm saving the difference) that there will be a "Jubilee Special." The Duggars will certainly not miss that opportunity to preach and further their political views. We've learned that those things are more important to them then say, the dignity of a lost fetus.

Unknown said...

The Duggars will visit the Bates family to see Kelly when her baby is here.I also see them doing a show where the Duggars visit them for a wedding.Somehow many of the futures shows will have them visiting friends.

pumpkin said...

I hope they stop doing a weekly program and instead only do periodic check-ins with the family - like 2 or 3 times a year, or for big events like weddings and new babies.

If they were to continue with the weekly program, I would like to see the following:

1. Adult offspring spreading their wings and leaving the nest. Any trials and tribulations they face in the real world where not everyone likes them, not everyone they meet believes in their faith, and not everyone is nicey-nice.

2. Perhaps a courtship for Jana or John-David. Nobody else, they're too young. I really don't think any of them are mature enough to get married, age notwithstanding.

3. There might be another pregnancy for Josh and Anna - but I really hope not. They need time to enjoy the two they have and not worry too much about catching up with Michelle and Jim Bob.

Willow said...

I also noted there was no news yet about new episodes. Also, they have switched the Duggar re-runs they used to show in the very early morning hours. They have been showing re-runs of What Not To Wear, Sister Wives and other shows. I do not know what, if any, significance that may have.

I wouldn't mind seeing another season if the Duggars could be shown to actually understand where some of their more extreme thinking could be compromised just a hair (of course, that will never happen). I am still so sorry they lost their baby, however.

londonbridges said...

I truly hope JimBob wouldn't set up an engagement/wedding for his female blessings in order to keep the show on TLC. Having said that, nothing at all would surprise me as to the content.

Ditto for the miscarriage, selling car lots, problems with zoning etc.

Does anyone have a confirmation that there will be a next season? I also see just reruns listed for Jan. 2012.

Just Me said...

I have a great idea, instead of a new season, a spin-off. Why not send the oldest unmarried blessings out into the "real world" and show them working and interacting with people of different ethnicities, religious backgrounds and beliefs. Why not send Jinger to NYC to be a nanny (one of the few profitable things she could do) while going to school to hone her photography skills? Jill to San Francisco to work while going to nursing school? It would capture some of the real pleasure people remember from the early MTV Real World episodes before they all became about sex and alcohol. Young people learning to navigate their lives while challenging some of their biases and learning about other ways of living and thinking.

Rainbow68 said...

I love Just Me's idea about seeing the kids go out into the world and make their way. The kids have been so isolated that it would be similar to an Amish young person's Rumspringa.

HistorianMom said...

I would like to see episodes featuring the middle kids and their day-to-day lives, maybe Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jeremiah & Jedidiah, with perhaps some reflections by the older six on how their lives were different at the ages the middle kids are now.

londonbridges said...

If there is going to be a next season, I really like the idea of the older blessings going out on their own, experiencing life, and making decisions on their own. Gaining a post-secondary education would be one of the goals. After that, being gainfully employed at a job of THEIR choosing. And then there is reality......

Rainbow68 said...

JimBob and 12 of his kids are out stumping for Rick Santorum. That will surely be part of the next season, I would guess.

Alberta Rose said...

I think they might have to go to specials because the older girls have part-time jobs that aren't being filmed. Plus if they go to specials, the older girls will know for certain someone who wants to court them is genuine, not looking to be filmed.

heavennoseven said...

Wait,the girls have part-time jobs?

Spell out the names please said...

There will be a tribute and a truckload of Michelle tears for Jubilee. Lots of defensive rhetoric. Coverage of the Rick Santorum hoopla. Josh and Anna will get pregnant or do something "noteworthy" (like cook steaks on a grill..) One of the girls will suddenly meet prince charming. They'll do another mission trip. They'll go to a plethora of speaking engagements, talk about wholesome wear swimwear, and Josh will try and launch some kind of political career. Amy will be loud. There will be a birthday thrown in there a couple times. All the while they'll ask Michelle "do you and Jim Bob plan to have more?" and Michelle will squeak out "we would praise the Lord for another blessing, we will just wait and see!". If they're really lucky, maybe one of their ble$$ings will fall into another dark pit and they can make a show about it. Don't be deceived; if they can make a show out of JimBob visiting the allergist, they can make a show of absolutely any inane thing this goofy family does.

heavennoseven said...

1) Josh s car lot move

2) The Rally

3) The miscarriage

4)Josie's second birthday

5) Thanksgiving

6) Space Center visit

7) Bates

8) Trips

I think we can count on that.


Oh, Josh dinner party with some friends and Sean on shown his website

RN Mom said...

I'm not certain that we won't see pregnancy planning, happy baby talk, etc., leading up to the miscarriage and funeral fiasco of Jubilee. I feel that we will suddenly hear more about Caleb, including an explanation as to why he doesn't have a "J" name. Many explanations about the one different name has been offered, but I believe we may hear it from JimBob and Michelle now that it has been brought up so many times.

I love some of the comments of sending the older Duggar children out into the world to begin experiencing their lives, but as truly interesting television as that would be, I don't really expect that to happen. I feel the Duggars have in a way imprisoned themselves by taking their beliefs to such a public forum. For instance, its possible they would not have pushed for the two previous pregnancies ( and I do believe the last few pregnancies were desperately sought , not just "letting God decide") if they hadn't been so outspoken about their belief in a God ordered mandate to go forth and multiply.

I would love for the older children to be allowed to learn about the outside world, but I believe they have been isolated and told that the rest of the world is evil and sinful for so long that they would be incapable of making their own way now. Likewise, JimBob and Michelle are well-known faces in the Gotthard world and it would be seen as turning from the righteous path to allow one of their unmarried children to make their own way in the world. Can you see Jana or Jill or John David in an apartment of their own? Frankly, I believe they would be curled up in a corner.

AnotherRN said...

Since some of the girls have expressed interest in midwifery and some of the kids (sorry, I'm not sure which ones) are EMTs, I would love to see them shadow a busy nurse and doctor in a tertiary care hospital, ie one that is a trauma center with a lot of specialty ICUs. That would be a huge learning experience and I suspect that JimBob and Michelle may allow it. Perhaps then, the children would see how devoted and compassionate some people are, regardless of his/her choice to work or his/her faith. Additionally, perhaps they would see that innocent people suffer regardless of how much they do or do not pray. It would give them a taste of the professional world where a woman's intellect is as valuable as a man's and yes, indeed; women have brains too. Perhaps a different work setting also. Maybe working in a restaurant to see how difficult it is to deal with a demanding large party and how self-righteousness is so very hurtful to our fellow human.

I make the intellect comments because I saw a Gothardite woman named Nancy Campbell who believes that women are intellectually incapable of being anything more than baby machines. It was rather frightening to think that the Duggar girls may be listening to and believing such hurtful messages.

As for the Santorum stuff-ugh! I live in PA and we voted him out for a reason-he stinks! He was voted one of the most corrupt politicians. Perhaps Joshy should research beyond his ATI hot button issues and use some critical thinking skills. Oh, that's right-he was "educated" by his mentally ill mother. Nevermind.

Elverna Bradshaw said...

I believe we will see the start of Josh's political career. (It fits him perfectly....he's overconfident, smug and lazy when it comes to physical labor.) I think there will also be a third grandchild incubating. I frankly don't see what else they can have that we haven't seen before. They're not letting the unpaid help go any time soon. Hmmm, I think I'd like to see Josh and John David get on the scale. Now *that* would be amusing.

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tulip said...

What are the girls' part-time jobs?...surprised that's not being filmed (or even talked about)...

Agree with episodes on: The Bates' new baby; of course there will be a tribute show to Jubilee, as well as Christmas (expecting the focus to be mostly on Jubilee, coping, etc.); B-day episodes for Duggar December birthdays (again, Jubilee and coping will be addressed during these times of celebration).

Hoping For: Older Duggars venturing out on their own!!...Courtship, Wedding! (ANYTHING besides being shown carrying baby siblings, doing laundry, cooking meals and homeschooling...AND, Michelle actually being shown doing ALL those things! More about John-David, Joseph, Josiah & Joy. NOTHING about Cousin Amy.

What we'll actually see: Michelle sitting in a soft, comfy lazyboy talking in depth about the blessings of family and babies, while the older girls are continuing to be shown doing everything she should be doing; Jim Bob & Michelle PDA; Josh gaining more weight while posting more photos of food and restaurants on Instagram; and, of course, the season finale: Josh & Anna announcing "We're Expecting!" on The Today Show. Hey Sean, did we get it right?

sandi said...

Anna will most certainly be pregnant again this year,more snark from Josh on his instagram,heavy unity campaigning by all the Duggars (would be nice to see some differing opinions as to the candidates,but we know that isn't going to happen).Josh will stand behind Anna while she votes.making sure she gets it right and again announce 'they' have decided on whom to vote for.They may also decide to celebrate or make noteworthy Jubilee's first year in heaven,just to get the politics of it noticed again.JMO.

hart&sole said...

And...none of Josh's and Josiah's opinions on Christianity and Science. Yes, boys, there is fact based science that is unconfirmed in the Bible...get used to it!

It's time for at least a courtship if not a wedding. How about nobody gets pregnant during the next season?

SmokeyKitty said...

My money is on the girls being offered up to some Gothard follower as a bride in order to increase ratings. Heck, the more weddings they have the more the money that will pour in. It won't matter if the marriages will be happy, just as long as they increase ratings. THe guys will have to be good looking and suave and have photogenic families.

I would also bet more Say Yes to the Dress tie ins and filming of a honeymoon or two.

ennvee said...

Since Santorum is currently winning by 4 votes (as of 11:10 Pacific Time) with one precinct out that's going to decide it, apparently, putting Rommey over the top!), I'm sure the Duggars are celebrating. And headed to South Carolina (the guy has NO chance in "Live Free or Die" New Hampshire). I hope someone IS documenting this just to show how idiotic they are. All reports said the family wasn't even INVITED to campaign for Santorum in Iowa; they just showed up (with a SODRT misspelled "skin" on one side of their bus).

As for the older 3 still at home, they are First Responders, which I understand is a different designation than EMT in Arkansas. I don't know that Jessa or Jinger have outside jobs, even teaching music. I don't think Jinger could get a paying job as a photog, since she'd be limited to situations limited to her scope vision or possibly weddings, if accompanied by Jill as a harpist. Even though Jessa and Jinger went to that Gothard music camp, I can't see either of them teaching; Jessa was not much of a teacher to her own siblings when they showed her with the little ones with the Wisdom Books. If's she's that crummy with her own siblings, I wouldn't want her teaching my kids anything!

I don't see much for a season other than if they go totally off the beaten path and take the bus off to follow Santorum as long as he survives in the thing.

That's about all they've got until someone gets engaged, or even starts courting! I've read the Indonesian girl goes to Pensacola Bible College (or whatever it's called), so she's still in the states...it's her or the Hackel girl for John David. Jana and Jill can't go anywhere until the show ends (and Jana still looks sad in the pics I saw of them campaigning).

Anonymous said...

I'm thinking at least 2 more seasons. We will see a VSE Jubilee one and she will be mentioned at every opportunity. Michelle will withdraw even more from her responsibilities, as "mothering" and travel are just too taxing on her. This opens the door for some interesting new situations where the kids take on new jurisdictions and I see Jim Bob trying to take over the homeschooling. I'm doubtful their foray into the Santorum campaign will be shown as TLC doesn't want to appear as having a political stance. Their Iowa trip will be shown as some type of ministry trip instead.
As rating slide even further, Jim Bob will lure TLC and viewers into another season with the announcement of the double wedding of John and Jana. And yes, Josh and Anna will announce number 3.
That being said, TLC will no longer treat the Duggars with kidgloves and will likely manufacture some situations like ones suggested on this board. I also see TLC showing Michelle being told that she should not have anymore children, and how she and Jim Bob take that news and Anna being told it is unhealthy for her to have a 3rd (actually 4th) pregnancy in less than 3 years. Some many situations to trouble the waters in DuggarLand, where will TLC start?
-Beantown Mom

londonbridges said...

I'm still laughing about JimBob taking over the 'teaching' of the young blessings. These blessings cannot afford to be taught only what their esteemed father knows.

TLC, stop this dog and pony show, please.

Andrea said...

I agree with other posts, the kid gloves are coming off. The Duggar's are toast, think of what TLC did to Kate G towards the end. It wasn't pretty and not sure if really drove ratings, but it was done. The same can only be true for Jim Bob and Michelle. I can't wait to read all about it. I absolutely refuse to watch the show.

Rainbow68 said...

While I disagree with a lot of what the Duggars believe in (particularly the legalistic and unscriptural teachings of Bill Gothard), I don't think TLC will throw them overboard. At the end of the day, Kate Gosselin is mean. At the end of the day, the Duggars are misguided. I believe that as long as the ratings are ok, the show will continue. Once the ratings go down, the door will be open and we'll probably see them again like the recent Roloffs special. Back to the OP: I think that it would be great to see the older kids - John David, Jana, Jill, Jessa, and Jinger go on trips, do volunteering wherever needed without Dad and Mom "protecting" them. They simply don't need their parents hovering around anymore. It has to be so embarassing. These 5 are all adults. It's time.

Dar said...

I think it is time Michelle had a taste of Looking after her own
"Blessings". She and Jim Bob have exploited her children enough. I think I have never seen a woman as cold and unfeeling as she. Any emotion she shows is, in my view, strictly for the viewing audience. I do think that losing a child is traumatic. I also think that the loss of this child has been exploited beyond anything they have done before. I would have had some sympathy for Jim Bob and Michelle if they had kept all of this private. She has shown more emotion for "Jubliee" than for any of her younger children .

I can't help but feel a little disgusted with the whole thing. She and Jim Bob put on a face for the public. He the "Country Bumpkin" and she the subservient little wife, with the little girl ways. All the while, they are both addicted to fame and money and seem to do almost anything to attain both. I think they are calculating and dangerous. I sincerely feel for their older girls. They are living in an environment that harkens back to the mid 1900's. Shame on you Michelle for doing this to your daughters. You had a great young life, but all your daughters do is look after all of your responsibilities.

Porcupine Pie said...

I predict Josh will dress-up like the Sta-Puft Marshmallow Man for Halloween (oh, whoops they probably don't celebrate Halloween, right?)

If he keeps eating the crap he posts on his Webstagram account, Anna can tie a rope to him and fly him in the Macy's Thankgiving Day Parade!

Vera said...

I sincerely hope this train wreck of a show is coming to an end. Of course if there were a few episodes of Jim Bob, Michelle and Josh eating large servings of humble pie...it might be worth another season.

Is it just me or is it thoroughly disgusting that they have been afforded all these wonderful trips that their narrow world view won't allow them to fully appreciate? There are so many families out there that are so much more deserving of the luxuries the Duggars have been handed on a silver platter and for what - reproducing children that Michelle doesn't even raise herself? Travesty.

Michelle - being a parent is biology and the majority of women have done it at least once. Being a mother, on the other hand, requires putting your children's needs ahead of your own and certainly ahead of your wants, making sure that your precious children never doubt for a moment that nothing and no one on Earth is more important to you than they are...that includes your spouse. I fear for the scars that her youngest daughters will bear from her neglect of them. I truly do.

Allie said...

I would love for Michelle to replace the word "Blessings" with "responsibilities". Maybe that would sober her up a bit. Jim Bob and Michelle (and josh) are all positively drunk on themselves. Like they have solved ALL of life's problems and have the formula for living the correct, biblical life where everything is perfection. Except for the 5 miserable young women they use to keep the system working for them. But those girls are happy! They smile! Give me a break. You are on dangerous ground as a Christian when your life mimics Bill Gothard instead of Christ. Does anyone see Jesus living at the Duggar compound with a gelled haircut and smiley countenance? Not I.

sandi said...

>Does anyone see Jesus living at the Duggar compound with a gelled haircut and smiley countenance? Not I.
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nope,and I doubt he would tolerate Jim Bob and Michelle standing around while Jill changes diapers and the other girls get the little ones ready for the day.He'd tell them to get over there and be hands-on parents to the blessings they were given.JMO.

londonbridges said...

'Blessings' are 'responsibilities' in my opinion. Even if Michelle renamed them, I don't think it would be clear to her that she 'delivered every one of them' and therefore they are HER responsibilities. Great idea, though, to change the blessings' titles.

RN Mom said...

Michelle is simply too addicted to the idea that continually birthing children is her purpose in life. From the vow renewal episode, she recounted the delivery of each of her children with extreme detail when discussing her life and marriage. She devoted more attention to their deliveries than discussing who they are now as individuals.

I am giving you my ideas for a fantasy season, and actually believe these things would be healthy for all the Duggars.

1. Michelle, please learn there is life to be lived at your stage in life and outside delivering babies.
2. Care for the children you have; you should be responsible for the care of Josie, Jordyn, Jennifer, JoHannah and Jackson on a daily basis. To make this possible, JimBob will take over the homeshooling, or hire a tutor if needed, or even send them to Christian school, but make sure the focus is education.
3. Everyone, boys included, take over jurisdictions so it isn't overwhelming for the older girls.
4. Older Duggar children begin persuing secondary education at an accredited institution, community college, Christian college, anywhere they can get a real education. Even Josh and Anna could take online classes, and it is actually Josh's parents fault that he was never academically prepared for his future.
5. Michelle, please learn life isn't over if you aren't giving birth. Raise your own children; big sisters are no substitute for the mother living in the home as a grand matriarch. Develop the relationship with your grandchildren; they need the attention of the grandparents that live near them. Make a friend your own age, join a book club, an exercise group, anything to let you know life won't end if you aren't giving birth. Host a tea party for the little ones and your granddaughter, take them to a zoo, a museum......

As I said, this is my fantasy season and not really an expectation, but who knows, the producers do follow what people are thinking.

Markie said...

1. A shopping session where Johanna, Jennifer, Jordyn and Josie get real beds. Not sure where they'll put them...

2. Definitely an episode or two about the miscarriage. :(

3. Duggar election support. :(

4. Jill taking classes in nursing at an actual bricks and motor college.

5. Jana becoming engaged to a not-so-scary Christian guy. I don't know that she has any other goals.

6. Joy deciding to cut off her hair for cancer patients. She is the only Duggar girl with long enough, non-dyed or non-permed hair.

heavennoseven said...

How about one with meeting with a family who only adopt. So, they know the kids don`t carry the sins of the birth parents.

The older girls giving tips to teen moms.

The older girls over 18 getting there own place and jobs.

Michelle visiting family's of people who have kids who have issues like Josie. So,she can see how the kids get help at an early age.

Josh being a stay at home dad for a week when Anna goes to visit her family.

Josh going to school to help his car lot give them income after the show ends.

SuperNanny comes to visit.

hart&sole said...

According to Deanna Duggar Jordan, the new season starts on January 22nd.

According to Deanna, if one contacts her via her facebook, she will sell her husband's artwork to those who are interested.

I'm betting there are a whole lot of Fundie types who would be hysterical if '19+' went off the air, so I'm sure Jim Bob and TLC will come up with something to continue the show. TLC has created a monster!

Patrice said...

1. A shopping session where Johanna, Jennifer, Jordyn and Josie get real beds. Not sure where they'll put them...
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If they would allow the J-slaves to escape like normal young women over 18 do, there would be plenty of room! Too bad it will never happen.

Alberta Rose said...

1. A shopping session where Johanna, Jennifer, Jordyn and Josie get real beds. Not sure where they'll put them...
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If they would allow the J-slaves to escape like normal young women over 18 do, there would be plenty of room! Too bad it will never happen.

I thought since the 1970's females had the freedom to choose if they wanted to move out or live at home? I have three female and two male co-workers over the age of 18 who live at home (legal voting age in Canada is 18), plus I know five females and three males ranging from 18-21 at my Christian Missionary Alliance Church who are living at home, plus between Hubby and I we know four people over the age of 25 who decided to move back home. As one of my female co-workers put it "Why would I want the hassle of my own apartment when I can stay at home" and one of the young women at my church said "When you're a single woman living on her own, there's no daddy to make a guy think twice about how he treats you when you go out." Between the show, the co-workers and the young people at church, I'm on weak ground for telling my son "Normal people want to live on their own when they get to be a certain age".

I'm not sure if it's because I was a child of the 70's like Michelle but as far as I'm concerned young females have the freedom to choose where they are going to live and what age they are going to get married. I can't slap a label on the Duggar females and say what is or is not normal.

Patrice said...

"When you're a single woman living on her own, there's no daddy to make a guy think twice about how he treats you when you go out."
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
And that's the sad part of this kind of lifestyle. Most people don't want or need "daddy" to help them choose their dates or friends. Part of growing up is making choices on one's own, learning from the bad and going with the good. Whether it is who to hang out with, who to date, what extra-curricular activites to partake in...and unfortunately a lot of families like the Duggars do not allow their children to grow up in this manner. And thankfully, most of us turn out pretty good without our parents continuing to make our choices once we pass the teen years.

Patrice said...

Just to clarify, I also know people over 18 who choose to live with their parents but they are allowed to come and go as they please, choose careers and schools, and are not full time child care workers for 18 youngsters their parents chose to make and not raise. That, IMO, would be the main difference between a healthy and unhealthy lifestyle when one lives at home into adulthood.

Elverna Bradshaw said...

I would imagine that 20somethings who are still (or back) living at home are doing so in order to save money. Since the adult Duggar female children are not working at paying jobs, this is not the case for them.
(I don't know what to say about a 20something woman who needs her daddy to scare off the bad guys. She sounds like she's having a hard time growing up and becoming autonomous.)

ennvee said...

They're not meant to be autonomous. None of them; even the boys are tethered to JimBob in some way, all the way down to Josiah, who is now working more than "schooling."

As for election footage, they can't show it, or they'd have to show equal time for all the other candidates.

sandi said...

I won't attempt to say what is or isn't normal,but I will say that I don't think Jim Bob and Michelle are doing their kids any favors by being such helicopter parents,well into their blessings' adulthoods.Just a look a Josh selling out his wife so soon more than tells the story there.And he couldn't even fathom getting up early for Anna's Dr appt.All the kids do a lot of talk about what they want to be,but it never seems to come to fruition..nurse,lawyer,pilot,etc.JMO.

Alberta Rose said...

Just to clarify, I also know people over 18 who choose to live with their parents but they are allowed to come and go as they please, choose careers and schools, and are not full time child care workers for 18 youngsters their parents chose to make and not raise. That, IMO, would be the main difference between a healthy and unhealthy lifestyle when one lives at home into adulthood.

Since Josie turned 1 I've noticed the older girls aren't being filmed as much as they used to. They are starting to develop their own lives. As for my co-workers who help take care of younger siblings, they've said it goes both ways. Yes, they are expected to help out with housework, taking care of younger siblings and yes, there are some rules but on the flipside, they've got younger siblings to split the housework with.

I think too I sometimes forget to factor in that where I live, the legal drinking age is 18. Like one of the females has said "A guy isn't going to be as likely to get you drunk if he knows he'll be taking you home to daddy's house, not to an apartment." Another one said "I watched an episode of that big family show you like so much. It inspired me to take college online like those girls are doing and keep on living at home instead of moving out."

Leah said...

Michelle was married to Jim Bob when she was 17. According to their book, Jim Bob had to cry and plead in order for Michelle's father to agree to an engagement. I wonder how that scene would go over in the Duggar home.

If Michelle was so wise at age 17 that she could pick a godly mate, why are her daughters not trusted to be able to do the same thing? Are they not as smart or moral as Michelle? Are Jim bob and Michelle the exception to all the rules? And remember, Jim bob said "we went further than we should have" while they were dating (physically). Can you IMAGINE how Jim Bob would react if he found out some guy even kissed one of his daughters?! Once again, king Jim Bob and queen Michelle get to break the rules that they strictly lord over their children. Guess what? There is NO biblical foundation to support the ridiculous idea of "giving away pieces of your heart". That is a cute little fundie ideal that they impose upon themselves, but really holds no truth in actual life. The Pharisees were fans of following man made rules, and I know someone who did NOT like the Pharisees. Name started with a J...

tulip said...

Ugh! So sick of Josh (and Amy's) Instagrams! Josh continues to take pictures of FOOD, when, again, his own family's "official" website hasn't even been updated in over a year!(...you would think that now that the "baby" they say they're excited to be expecting in June 2011 is nearly 7 months old, he would at least post an updated family photo on the home page)...I know, too busy promoting HIMSELF (as always).

And, nearly every photo posted on Amy's is of herself, just so people can comment "oh Amy you're so pretty" and she can (not so humbly) reply...awww, thanks:) Sickening how they're so obviously self-centered, and Duggar-followers are chasing them around like little lost puppies.

Can anything get them down off their high horses?
As long as TLC keeps giving them airtime, I agree-the answer is: GOOD LUCK!

sandi said...

It appears the Duggars sure are getting themselves out there in the publlic spotlight via the internet and public campaigning.I don't think it's a coincidence right here before the new season starts.JMO.

Stephanie said...

Amy tweeted last week something like "who is ready for another season of 19 kids & counting?" I sent back a big no with a snark comment. Deanna and Amy working overtime on PR and unofficially polling.