“19 Kids & Counting:” The Duggar Family Home in Arkansas

Duggar Family in front of Arkansas house

The reality series 19 Kids & Counting follows the Duggar family, which has become famous for having 19 kids (the show was originally called “17 Kids & Counting”). They’ve had two more babies since this photo was taken in 2007 and, as Michelle Duggar says in the show’s opening, “Yes, I delivered them all myself.”

The Great Room has 2,000 square feet and features an open family room, kitchen, and dining area:

Duggar house-great room

The Kitchen:

Duggar kitchen

I keep staring at this photo, trying to figure out how that little girl 1) got up there on the counter, and 2) isn’t going to fall. Must be a stool down there we can’t see?

Duggar Diner

The dining room table seats 20 and has a beverage center handy (my kids would love if we added one of these to our dining room!):

Duggar dining table-seats 20

The large laundry room has four washers and four dryers. Nearby is a giant closet where all of the clothes for the family are stored. Pretty smart idea considering the amount of laundry they must do. The kids have to go to the main closet to get their clothes each day.

laundry rm-4 washers 4 dryers

Upstairs:

upstairs walkway

The Boys’ Bedroom with 10 beds:

Boys' bedroom-10 beds

The Girls’ Bedroom:

Girls' Bedroom

The Playroom:

Duggary playroom

The family is on the cover of People magazine, in which they say 19 might not be enough, and they’re open to Baby #20:

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have always been open about their willingness to have children. But when the devout Baptists and stars of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting faced the catastrophic aftereffects of their 19th child’s premature birth, many assumed they might be done.

But now the couple – who only recently brought baby Josie home after being hospitalized for six months as she recovered from a perforated bowel and rare digestive problems – say they are ready to consider a 20th child.

People Cover-Duggar Family

The overhead view as seen on Bing Maps shows how sprawling their property really is:

Duggar house-birdseye view

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Comments

    • LSC says

      I’ve always wondered about that too. I’m thinking he must catch her in the laundry room.

  1. says

    I remember meeting them several kids ago (maybe 10 – 12) when he was campaigning for office here in Arkansas. All of the kids had matching red outfits and were handing out campaign material. We just thought he had a lot of kids back then! Little did we know :)
    .-= Christi at A Southern Life´s last blog ..Fillo 011 =-.

    • hookedonhouses says

      If you have a WordPress blog, then all you have to do is add the CommentLuv plugin. I love it because it encourages readers to visit each others’ blogs. -Julia :-)

      • says

        thanks Julia. I will try to figure that one out right away. In the meantime, I am working on my blog roll (finally) and will be adding you for sure. Best, Lynn

  2. says

    WOW! I’ve never seen that show, but I’m AMAZED at how many kids they have and at how organized they seem. That kitchen is to die for…and I’m with you Julia – I’d need medication for sure! Ha!
    .-= christy´s last blog ..Our vacation by the numbers =-.

  3. Jennifer says

    I hate to see all that wasted space on the 2nd level…I would have tried to create more bedrooms so those poor kids could get a little more privacy. 10 boys in 1 bedroom!

    • Amanda says

      Actually in the show they talked about the children having just one bedroom for boys and one for girls.. The children were offered separate bedrooms but refused and asked to be together. I was shocked lol. I do agree though about wasted space.. maybe they could have added other rooms for something…studying , privacy , anything really.

  4. says

    There are a lot of pro and con opinions about this family, but I just love them! I don’t encourage having so many children, but the faith, and grace these kids have is amazing!
    I watch this show pretty regularly, and can see how every inch of this house is used! I also watched when they built it, with all the kids contributing to the work. They didn’t sit back and watch a builder put it together..they worked too.
    Amazing!
    .-= Pat´s last blog ..Take a Picture Of That Bear! =-.

  5. Emily says

    It looks like a compound from the outside. I’m all for large families, but the Duggars give me the creeps for some reason.

  6. Jennifer says

    Inspiring! I have boys-all they do in their bedroom (particularly when they are young) is sleep so the privacy is a non-issue.

  7. Barbara says

    I’m not a fan of words on walls, and I found it comical that the words “devoted” and “never give up” were right above the video arcade machine! Anyway, I am not a Duggar fan, but thanks for the photos. Interesting, as always!

  8. Linda says

    I’m sorry, they seem like sweet people who are devoted to each other and their family but I think it is selfish to have so many children. Each new baby has a bigger chance of having medical problems. The older children don’t seem to have a normal life. They clean, cook, and baby sit. I was surprised that you said they were Baptist. They dress and act more like a strict religion. One good thing is that I heard they have built this house on their own and do not expect help from the government or anyone else. To each his own, I guesss

  9. says

    I imagine that having this much room is what keeps them from appearing on America’s Most Wanted :) I am not criticizing; I just can’t imagine. It looks like a well-run camp! This was fun to see.
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..DIY Napkin Rings and Chargers =-.

  10. says

    That house is just crazy big. I don’t understand why they put all the kids in 2 rooms. Why not break it down into a few bedrooms? If I were one of the older kids, I’d want some privacy. I do find the house fascinating. We were living in the States when they showed them building it on TV and I loved watching that.
    I just can’t imagine having that many kids though. The noise alone would kill me. There has to be a lot of noise with that many kids. I don’t think I could deal with it.
    For some reason, the way the mom talks just drives me batty. I hate the fact that all the kids names start with J for the father. Why not an M for the mom? That seems unfair. She’s the one who puts her uterus in jeopardy, she should have a kid with the same initials. I’m just sayin.
    .-= Mom in High Heels´s last blog ..Flea Market Fun and the box of mystery! =-.

  11. says

    I can’t imagine having that many kids, my uterus would probably fall out!

    I have seen the show before and am amazed at how they are debt free and so organized. They also seem like a very caring and generous family.
    .-= Our Nifty Notebook´s last blog ..Links I Like- 17th Edition =-.

  12. says

    The house looks like a compound, especially the aerial shot. I’m not a fan of the show, or the Duggar family, but this was an interesting peek into their house. It really looks like a restaurant with the diner set up and beverage station!
    .-= Bre´s last blog ..Lay the Foundation =-.

  13. melissa says

    WOW…I know everyone wonders how they manage to budget for that family…sheesh!!

    And really, if they have baby #20, is it really that big of a deal? I don’t think one more will break the bank or their patience if they have it down with 19!

  14. says

    I love your blog. Love, love, love seeing the movie houses :o)
    Thank you for not slamming the Duggers…I think that was very gracious of you.
    I don’t know them…but they seem like loving parents with a reason for the way they live and I respect that.
    .-= Miz Booshay´s last blog .. =-.

  15. says

    So I don’t know if you knew this or not, but the Duggars actually built that house themselves! As in, they didn’t hire a builder or a contractor – they did it themselves!!!! Holy cow! But I guess if you have free labor….

    Nice post! I’m a fan of the show because, like you, I can’t imagine having that many children. And while I would never have that many kids, there are a lot of interesting things that this family does (like no TV, homeschooling, buying used everything, etc) that makes you realize why they are able to have such balanced children and do it with NO DEBT!!! Amazing!

    Lindsay
    .-= Lindsay@Tell’er All About It´s last blog ..Gobs o’ Giveaways- Customize this! =-.

    • hookedonhouses says

      Lindsay and Pat–
      I haven’t watched many episodes so I didn’t know they built it themselves. Interesting! And my kids don’t even want to make their beds… -Julia

  16. sbean says

    My thanks, also, for not smearing this family. I think people who do really know nothing about them. They are totally self-supporting, incredibly happy, they are extremely giving people who serve their community and as missionaries. They are a breath of fresh air and I would be honored (privileged!) to have them as neighbors.

    All that aside, the house is marvelous. I watched the episodes where it was being built. They took several kit home designs and incorporated them into one unit. Yes, the children helped to build the house (I’m thinking it took a couple years…correct me if I’m wrong). Everyone learned skills that will last them the rest of their lives.
    Someone commented on the childrens’ sleeping quarters being dorm-type rooms. I believe this was the childrens’ desire.

    The house looks spacious and pleasant. I think it would be very comfortable to live in. And that kitchen….drool! (o:

    sbean

  17. says

    I can see this becoming a controversial post. 😉 I say to each his own…although I can imagine if I were a child in that household, I wouldn’t appreciate taking on a mothering role to the kids younger than myself. That’s a mom’s job, imo. The bedrooms are lovely, but look more like a dormitory in a boarding school to me.

    I am very impressed with their faith, the organized way they run their home, their respectful children, and the fact that they are a family who takes care of themselves. No government assistance, no debt. That’s wonderful!!!!
    .-= Amanda @ Serenity Now´s last blog ..Second Try- Chocolate Chip Coffee Cake =-.

    • Caroline says

      I love there house. I do think that there should be more bedrooms. Now for the hard part. It seems that the older ones are raising the younger ones for the most part. But how can you be against T.V. and get paid to be on T.V. something there just doesn’t seem to be right.

  18. Mike says

    It’s interesting to see this house, even though I take issue with their belief system. I’ll leave it at that. :-)

  19. Kim says

    Your Welcome! I am glad you featured it on today’s Monday.
    I love watching this their show. They seem like a really great family. I watched the episode of the house being built, online and I loved how it was built from scratch. Also that the Duggars aren’t in debt. The reason why all of the children are in the same rooms is because the children are close and said, they wanted to share a room with their siblings. At least that’s what Michelle said in the 16 Children and Moving In.

  20. Jane says

    Having grown up in a time when it wasn’t uncommon for good Catholic families to have 12 or 13 children, I find the Duggar’s home excessive. I knew lots of large families that lived in homes a fraction of the size of the Duggar’s. Do they really need such a large kitchen with a buffet set-up? The home doesn’t look the least bit cozy, but kudos to them for how clean it is. One time I was watching their show and it said they took 200 rolls of toilet paper on their camping trip. That’s 10 rolls per person! How long were they going to be gone? But I have to admit, they are interesting to watch and it’s a free country, so they can do what they want, just a bit over the top for me.

  21. says

    Like many other commenters, I cannot IMAGINE having that many kids. However, I respect them a whole lot for doing their own thing, especially since they are able to do it all on their own. Great post!
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..House tour- semi-updated =-.

  22. Nita says

    Amazing how well organized the house is and only 2000 sq ft for all those people! I can’t keep my house clean now that I have adopted a mama cat and two kittens, plus one extra Siamese kitten. I can’t handle 4 tiny creatures, let alone 20 kids!!!

  23. says

    You know, I always loved their show. I think it is always important to learn about people different from yourself, whether or not their beliefs and/or lifestyle is the same as yours! I would imagine that this show forced a lot of people to re-evaluate certain stereotypes they might have had.

    As for the house, I do think it is a beautiful home! It seems to have so few rooms for so many people, though! I saw on their show that they have a “prayer room” where family members go to pray; maybe that is where they get their “alone” time? I like smaller houses that feel more cozy, so I would rather the large main room be divided into a few smaller rooms, but that is just personal preference. :)
    .-= Kate (Little Beach Bum)´s last blog ..Strawberry-Blackberry Crisp =-.

  24. Mimi says

    Nineteen children, my goodness! I’ve never seen the show, but I love the house and I’m impressed with how clean and organized it is. I just wonder how they can afford 19 kids! What does the father do for a living? He must make tons of money! lol

  25. says

    I didn’t know they had a tv show! The need for a restaurant style buffet area and drink machines in the dining room shows that they have too many kids! I only have two kids and her organizational skills amaze me.
    .-= Christine´s last blog ..Getting to Know You – August 16th =-.

  26. Anna says

    Great post – very cool house – very interesting story. Big families really foster an unselfish spirit. I don’t think the duggars are concerned with “alone time” or “me time”. haha! I think having the kids share rooms is very interesting, as well. The rooms look quite large enough to fit the amount of children in them, at the same time I am sure they get use to sharing everything… which probably leads to being less materialistic and having to have consideration for others. And they are debt free??! Wow. I think everyone could learn SOMETHING from them!!

  27. says

    I just can’t help but think these people are crazy. Why would you want an assembly line for dinner, getting dressed, and using the bathroom? Nothing is personal and there is nowhere to ‘get away’ from everyone. Sounds like my worst nightmare, but I guess if it works for them, whatever! The house definitely seems well thought-out.
    .-= Sara @ Russet Street Reno´s last blog ..Im a winner! =-.

    • Angela Saxton says

      I have been trying to find out what does he do for a living? How are they self supported?

      • hookedonhouses says

        Another commenter mentioned that they own car dealerships. Someone else said that they made money in commercial real estate, too. -Julia

  28. Destiny says

    I have been slightly fascinated with the Duggars for years, but have to admit that after watching them endure the risk of losing both mother and new baby with their latest delivery, (Josie) in December, that my feelings changed a bit, although it was based on concern for them and not judgement. With that said, I don’t get a say in what they, or anyone else, chooses to do based on what they believe is in the best interest of their own family. God bless America for the privilege we enjoy of exercising our rights.

    While I understand that they are aware of the backlash in relation to their decision to be open to more children, I admire the fact that they haven’t changed their ideals or beliefs because of it. That tells me they are sincere and I believe that their motives are ultimately good and pure.

    From what I’ve witnessed as a viewer, their home works for them and because of that, while I’m not hooked, it works for me too!

  29. says

    I one of my best friends growing up was one of 21 kids. Yes, 21! By the time I knew them, most of the older ones were grown and out of the house. Sure the Duggars are interesting but there are plenty of large families who do it without building a giant dormitory compound. I guess I just don’t care for the house because it seems kind of institutional and impersonal. That, and the fact that I like small homes :)
    .-= The Tiny Homestead´s last blog ..Inspired by patchwork =-.

  30. E. George says

    Hi Julia – WOW great post thank you for sharing – I must confess I can’t manage with 2adults 1(12 year old) boy if I had that many children I would skip the country. But saying all that the home is beautiful – love the kids bedroom decor I could not pick one thing wrong with their home they just need a bit of colour in the garden… What I would like to ask where does she get the extra hours in the day that the rest of us don’t? Regards Esther from Sydney with a disorganised small home…Spring cleaning is just around the corner……yey

  31. says

    What an amazing family I am the eldest of eight, and consider my Mother to be a saint! The parents much have much patience!

    Julia, you are a winner today! Send me your mailing info and a bottle of Bubbly….Roederer Anderson Valley Estate Brut will be on its way to you!! Congratulations!

    Karena
    Art by Karena
    .-= Karena´s last blog ..The Royal Winners =-.

  32. says

    They must make a lot of money to be able to afford all those kids let alone that mansion they live in. When they’re oldest son got married they just gave him a house of his own too. I’m sure they make a pretty penny from doing the show plus they own car dealerships. I think they seem like perfectly sweet people but it’s really unfair to the oldest kids. It’s one thing to pitch in with chores etc. but the oldest kids are practically co-parents and that’s not right. They need to have normal teenage lives. Plus the fact that the world is over populated as it is and these kids are so shielded from the real world. It’s really controversial but it’s hard not to like them, which is probably why the show has lasted so long. I totally agree about Michelle, she’s so freaking calm. I don’t know how she does it!
    .-= Heidi@recklessbliss´s last blog ..It’s Giveaway Day! =-.

    • David Penman says

      I have to take issue with two points you made. This world is far from overpopulated. The entire population of Canada is only about 35 million and they live in the lower quarter of the country. We have states like North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana where the population density is 1 person per square mile.
      India and China might have a higher population density and of course, our cities have higher densities, but the world is far from overpopulated.
      These children are not shielded from the world. Watch the show and you will see that they go out quite a bit and they do it as a family. They have more interaction with others than most people due to the fact that they are always together.
      My sister has 14 children and privacy is not a concern. I just spent a week with them and I don’t recall any arguments or disagreements. They learn to get along and help one another. We could all learn from them and I think that’s one reason why the Duggars do the show.

      • says

        Agree to disagree then I suppose. FYI I do watch the show from time to time and I think that even though they’re getting these experiences of volunteering and such, it’s all overly monitored and all the kids are kept from what really goes on out in the real world (outside of Christian camping trips, Christian movie festivals and reading to little kids). They seem to only have friends who have the same beliefs as them because that’s all they’re exposed to on a social basis not a community service basis. Josh’s marriage could be considered an example of that and also perhaps an example of what happens when there are such strict rules on dating, sometimes it has a result of rushing to the alter. You can also plainly see the older kids end up taking a large brunt of the work caring for the younger kids as well which I find really sad for them. Helping out is far different than co-parenting.
        As for the over population note, as it stands now the world is largely overpopulated and if we continued at the current rate, population will double to over 11 billion by 2035. I’m sorry but that’s over population in my books and just because the worst of it may not be in your country so you can turn a blind eye to it, it does still affect you. Overpopulation is the root of most environmental and many economic issues like over harvesting, loss of arable land, ocean depletion, food shortages, water shortages, air and water pollution, flooding, plant and animal habitat loss, global warming and immigration. But let’s pretend for a moment that none of that’s true and just go with this lifestyle; whether or not the world is considered over populated by your standards if every family lived the Duggar way and decided it was ok to have 19 “AND COUNTING” kids it would get even more over populated at a rapid rate, no question about it.
        If you do your research and look a little deeper than just what this wholesome reality show wants you to see then you can also find out some additional and pretty alarming information about this family.
        I’m not saying what this family is doing is necessarily wrong, I’m just saying that there are pros and cons of this life style much like any situation. The kids are very well behaved and Jim Bob and Michelle are very patient and clearly loving parents. They all seem like very nice people and I wish them nothing but the best.
        .-= Heidi@recklessbliss´s last blog ..Le Boudoir =-.

  33. says

    Julia, thanks for the tour! I always admire people who choose their own path and the Duggars are a great example of that kind of individualism. They’ve always impressed me. The house is so efficiently planned! (Note to self: get organized!)
    .-= Bettsi´s last blog ..Best Thrift Find Ever =-.

  34. Maria says

    Interesting!

    My friend’s mom was one of 16 children and I must say the family get togethers are a hoot. I recall the mom telling me about when she first got married and moved out — she made mashed potatoes and cooked a 10lb bag because she didn’t know any different. :-)

  35. melissa lee says

    The real question is how many bathrooms do they have?????
    Does she have a nanny or housekeeper???
    I would love to do a makeover on her!!!!

    xxoo
    Melissa

  36. says

    They are such a loving, joyful family. I’m so happy for them that they have a such a big space for their size family. And for a steel framed house, I think they made it look rather cozy.
    .-= Rie´s last blog ..Photo Wall =-.

  37. petra says

    My father was one of 18 and did not live in a house as big as that although they lived in an old convent at one time. The older ones do become surrogate mothers/fathers (well the girls more than the boys) but now I have 56 first cousins on my father’s side and it is still quite a close knit family and I know them all well enough to pop in for a coffee if I am passing or to even stay for the night….

    The comment about the laundry some have made is pretty accurate my oldest aunt remembers spending most of her time there (boiling a copper as they didn’t have a modern washing machine).

    I lived with my aunt and uncle for a year when I was 9 and they had 10 kids plus me and another that was staying at the time and it was quite regimented in some ways but fun in others – you always had someone to play with!! It was the only time in my life when I got piano lessons, played sport and went to brownies etc so they got most things other children did…

    I have never seen the show but I am sure it would be interesting.

  38. says

    I LOVE watching this show! So glad you featured their home. What I think is amazing is that they built that entire place DEBT-FREE! Can you believe that? Impressive. This family is pretty different from most of ours…but a good example in a lot of ways, too.
    .-= Courtney @ nesting instincts´s last blog ..still here =-.

  39. jan says

    If he is going to put all those children through college, he needs to have a few million in a bank somewhere. My grandfather had 6 kids to support and he tried to make sure they all had a bankable skill. And that was during the depression. This guy should face his responsibilities.

  40. Rachel says

    That house is weird and amazing, I only just realized that the boys room doesn’t seem to have blankets or pillows but the girls do from what I can see that is really weird!!

  41. we says

    If everyone lived this way, in one generation, the land will be a toxic dust-bowl, and the oceans would be an acidic nightmare .

    Have the Duggars ever defended the size of the family, and it’s impact on the environment?

  42. Jane says

    Jan is correct. What’s going to happen when the Duggar children want to go to college? With grants and scholarships drying up and cuts to education being made at the state and federal levels, from the top on down, the Duggars are going to find themselves in a very deep hole. Only then they will have regrets when they see what having so many carbon footprints will have done to them. The cost of going to college has gone way up to the stratosphere. But then again they could all go into the Army where there is plenty of room for them!

  43. Bob Kirk says

    What a horrible thing to do to the planet! Why the compulsion to have so many kids? This is some sort of psychological disorder masquerading as wholesomeness. If they truly cared for their world and loved others, they would stop with the endless breeding and increasing consumption of resources. I pity those children.

  44. D121 says

    They do NOT have to worry about how they will put the kids through college. Mr. Duggar made millions in commercial real-estate.

    Also, I seem to recall from a T.V. special that before they built this home, they lived in a 3 bedroom ranch that was under 2,000 square feet. That was their choice. They had enough money to build a 10,000 square foot home by the time they had child #4

  45. Carla says

    I find them a great roll model , these kids seem well rounded, kind, good work ethic, and respectful if only all families could say that of their kids. What difference does it make to the world resources if this one couple has 19 kids and takes care of them and 19 teenagers have 1 baby and can’t take care of it ? The same world resources are used up, I think the 19 kids of teen moms will suffer much more then the Dugger kids will . There are allot worse things kids are dealing with these days then having to help out at home and help with babies. At least they will know how to care for their kids and homes when they get married. There son was 20 02 21 when he got married and his wife was almost 21, that is not unusually young to marry. I am inspired when I see the show or read their book at how organized they are and how their faith in God leads them.
    I take issue with allot or stuff people do to or around there kids to make this family having kids that they are supporting an issue.
    Thanks for not smearing the family is was an interesting post.

  46. says

    These people are not real. They need a TV show to feed those 100 kids of theirs. They also are not as Christian as they claim to be. Follow Amy Duggar up to Branson some weekend and find out what this so called “Christian/Gospel” singer does behind closed doors. I can’t stand people who pretend to be Christians and feel the need to advertise it all over national television when they’re really just a whore looking for a music contract because they’re not talented enough to land one on their own without using someone else in the music business. It sickens to me. I know that not all Christians aren’t perfect, but don’t preach it on national TV and sing gospel music and pretend to be such a goodytwoshoes. It’s awful.

    • Kelli says

      Amy Duggar is Jim Bob and Michelle’s niece. She wasn’t raised in their home, so they can hardly be held accountable for her behavior.

  47. anna johns says

    WELL I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT IM HAPPY THAT JOSIE IS DOING GREAT AND THAT YOUR FAMILY IS GROWING. WELL TAKE CARE AND I LOVE WATCHING YOUR SHOW ON T.V

    GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY

    ANNA JOHN
    CALIFORNIA

  48. palmerv says

    In in show, the mother said that the reason why they have so many children is because in the bible God said : “Go forth and multiple. In my reading of this section in Gensis, God said this after he had destroyed the world by water. When the earth finally dried out, he told the members of the Ark to go forth and multiple in order to replenish the earth. The other issue I have is that for such a Christian family I have never seen one (1) minority interacting with this family.

  49. Ramsey says

    “The other issue I have is that for such a Christian family I have never seen one (1) minority interacting with this family.”

    So? Are you saying that Christians should go out and interact with minorities simply because they are minorities? In a town of 20,000 people, there are maybe three black people where I live. Am I in trouble because I didn’t knock on their doors because they are black?

  50. alicia kondrad says

    My impression is that this family is a very nice and close family. I enjoy watching the show and think that people should be less judgemental of them. They do have faults just as any other family. My personal opinion and only objection to their lifestyle is also that the older children don’t seem to have a life of their own and college doesn’t seem to be encouraged for the girls. They only seem to be centered around them getting married and having children….why aren’t the girls encouraged to have a career also?

  51. Fred Bessette says

    All I can say is “SHAME ON YOU PARENTS!!!”
    To have so many children is one thing. But to use them for finacial gain is shameful.
    I am sure when these children have to face there realities they will be so confused between what is real and not just for the tv cameras as well as the money you parents are obviously making off of the show.
    You will need to meet your maker someday and I pray that he shows you mercy!!

    With a prayer for you in my heart.
    Fred Bessette
    Helmville Montana
    59843

    • says

      cece this is emily noel leave them ppl alone i no them the are my family so lol yea if she did not wat that many kids she wold not have sex with her hubby so yeeppp welll peace cece love ya byee see u at skool monday

  52. says

    omg that is the most biggest house i have ever seen and i love the play room our houses are the same no joke my mom had 21 kids and yea we need to get toughter sometime michelle thanks emily jane noel :)

  53. kthnxbye says

    I didn’t see this post earlier. The only thing that *really* bothers me is the soda machine, lol! My kids had to drink milk or water at meals, soda is a treat. 😉

    If people are interested in a respectful but critical insider’s glimpse into what life is like for women like Mrs. Duggar, check out the “no longer quivering” blog. I couldn’t do it, but I don’t find her disgusting or stupid either.

  54. kthnxbye says

    (I should say – the women are often psychologically abused – so I feel bad when people call them nasty names.)

  55. claudette f. says

    I do watch this show. I will say that the children are adorable and just seem very normal. My issue is that they are all home schooled by their mother and I can’t see where she is really capable to teach them all at all the different levels. If you watch the show you definitely will find out that the older girls do almost all of the work around the house and the child care. Jim Bob (the dad) made a comment that completely turned me off. He said something about God knew what he was doing by giving them a lot of girls right at the beginning so they could “help” with everything. Uh, talk about a sexist comment. I have yet to see any of those children have friends outside their siblings. They do not go to school, but they could have neighborhood friends. The only person that comes and visits is cousin Amy. She wears jeans, has an ipod and looks totally out of place but she seems to be very welcomed for the fun personality she has. As a mother of three, I know that you have to strive to make sure you are giving sufficient time and energy to each of your children. And I also know there is no way to do that with 19. I do wish them well.

  56. Margot says

    I think there are a couple of points that need to be clarified.
    1. Yes, the Duggars started building the house but it was finished by Ty Pennington and his home makeover show. The show also did the interior design and provided the furnishings. I have never seen this brought out yet I KNOW I saw the show. There was a push on to finish the house because Michelle was pregnant and their rental house was scheduled for demolition.
    2. As far as impact on the environment, the Duggar family has less of a carbon footprint than that of a smaller family because they reuse and recycle. They buy almost nothing new. Clothes, toys and other goods are purchased at thrift stores and handed down until they are worn out. Their family motto is “buy used and save the difference.”
    3. When Josh and Anna married they were NOT given a house. They have a rental home. Josh operates a used car lot for income.
    4. Jim Bob did not make “millions” in commercial real estate. He and Michelle started out married life with a used car lot and over time invested in commercial properties that are rented out. This generates income for the family. They do speaking engagements and have also published a couple of books. Unlike many other family reality shows, you do not see product placement on the Duggars’ show.
    5. The children chose the bedrooms to be large and did not want seperate bedrooms. There are bathrooms adjacent to the bedrooms as well as dual sinks in each bedroom.
    6. Yes, the children are all home schooled. As a teacher in the public schools, I can say this is a plus. The children also have music lessons and all of the kids play piano, violin/harp/guitar. Also a plus. Children in public schools do not get this much exposure to music.
    7. The children are raised to be functioning members of society. Josh owns a car lot, John David a towing business. The oldest female children are pursuing their interests and what has been mentioned on the show is nursing, midwifery, muscian and teacher. They girls have not made a clear career decision. Several of the older girls recently traveled to Chicago to attend a national music conference WITHOUT their parents.
    8. The house, to get back on track, suits the needs of this family. It was adapted from a generic house plan for that purpose. While it isn’t for everyone, it works for them. It has some great features that would help any family no matter how many children they might have.
    9. Finally, I would offer that the children are well adjusted, have a sense of self, are polite and well mannered, and have a generous and caring nature. This past year I had 145 sixth grade students. Probably no more than 1/3 of them had any type of home training in manners or were taught to be considerate of others.
    10. No matter if you have 1 child or 100, it is the responsibility of the parents to raise that child to function in the real world. I believe the Duggars have been very successful in implementing strategies that will do this. While others may be critical of the life choices of the Duggars, I think it is more important to look at the big picture and the ultimate result of those choices.

  57. Mickinzie says

    interesting post. I have never watched the show, and dont agree with there lifestyle but do have to give credit that they make it all work. Has anyone heard why they wont do adoption or fostering?

  58. Shelly says

    I would love to stay with the Duggar’s for a day or two to take in everything. My growing up was in a disfunctional family and I tried to do things different with my kids and I know I still fell short. The Duggar’s are a strong role model especially in this day and age. I am amazed at how organized everything is, the love that is put into everything (Michelle outdid herself for her daughter-in-law’s baby shower). Even at this late stage in my life I take away a little something when I watch their show. I would like a “do over” in life and have more of what the Duggar’s figured out.

  59. Kali says

    the duggars are my heros!! and its nothing to take care of 12 of us kids so 19 wouldnt be no different than 4 or 5 or 12 like my family!! :)

  60. Derek Harvey says

    I wonder if the father of 19 kids …treats his tenants fairly and just by bringing in the cash flow directly from them . Did he fix their roof or leakly basements at one of his properties? Did he tries to raise the tenant fees every time he get new kids each year?

    I personally do not know want to know if he is being ripped off other people’s money. I am amazed at his go-getting financing plans….(often wondering if TLC Networks pays them as well). I know the fact is that they are debt-free….according to wiki facts. This includes the information on how TLC finds such volunteers to contribute materials for Duggers’ home. It sounds like the father of this family knows how to find the money by selling tapes or books via website as well. That is very different from rest of us. We all cannot get network or corporate sponsors to pay such things, do we?

  61. Derek Harvey says

    It happens to Robert Kennedy…that he died young when he has a big family….and it is not a pretty picture. We all do not know for sure that if Duggers’ parents can stay alive for a couple of years. They seem they haven’t weight in their decision based on what happened if they died when last kid (19th or 20th) will be around at 6 or 10. They won’t be there for them. It is pretty nutshell for that particular kid when living without his/her parents for a rest of her/his life. He or she will be lucky to have their parents around into 20’s something.

  62. Kiersten says

    Hi im a big fan of you an your family and i have a couple of questions for you. i would like a picture of all the rooms in your home because im building a home and id like to build a similar home to yours not exactly the same with some of my own twists but somehwhat similar. i no it is a lot to ask and if you cant do it i understand i really think you guys are amazing and i love you and your show but i dont have the seasons of the show which i would love but right now with the new home and everything moneys a little tight thnks for your time and i hope you get back to me soon thnks.

  63. A.Roddy says

    “Several of the older girls recently traveled to Chicago to attend a national music conference WITHOUT their parents.”
    Sorry to burst the bubble but it was revealed they had chaperone’s. Anna’s brother and sister in law tried to stay hidden. This episode was just damage control. Nice try TLC

    “The children are raised to be functioning members of society”Functioning or not, Josh is very disrespectful on Twitter. The house Josh lives in belongs to Grandma Duggar.

    “As far as impact on the environment, the Duggar family has less of a carbon footprint than that of a smaller family because they reuse and recycle. They buy almost nothing new. ” Wastefulness has nothing to do with family size. Think how much gas those used vehicles require and the exhaust they put out. A family of four may drive newer vehicles but they don’t breakdown every 1000 miles and provide better fuel economy. Also if the vehicle breaks down every 1000 miles it costs more money to fix them. Some things are better new . Note they have iphones now too.

    TLC waters down their real beliefs. Debt-free or not, they belong to a dangerous religious sect. Google Bill Gothard and Christian Fundamentalism.

  64. Megan says

    I noticed in each of the boys and girls room, they have a counter with a sink. I know that could come in handy and free up the bathroom, but I’ve never seen that before and I’m wondering why or how they decided to put additional sinks in their bedrooms?