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Are the Duggars for real?

12 Comments 02 December 2010

Are the Duggars for real?

If you don’t already know this, the Duggars are a family of massive proportions. Literally. They have nineteen children ranging in ages of 20 (something) to the newest edition who is 8 or so months but was born considerably premature. And that is about it.

Seriously. They are not circus performers or a house full of drama queens. They are just nice people with a lot of kids.

So, I don’t get it. What is the big draw? Why do they have a TLC show, multiple books published, and a massive following?

I just watched part of one episode where the mom was washing maybe five dishes, that didn’t even seem to be dirty, while four of her children played with two brand new trucks and the box from which they came. When one child started to show just a little distress over not getting a turn the mom just told one of the boys to give her a five minute turn. He did. And that was the end of it!

Mom didn’t even have to stop rising her pre-washed Gladware. Nor did she trip over ten other toys on her way to tell the boy that he needed to do it right away. And you want to know why? There was not another toy in sight!

My house looks like a veritable preschool with just three kids. And you mean to tell me with almost twenty kids your living room is going to only have two toys in it?

Besides, with nineteen kids that is the most riveting plot line you can produce?

Surely the other fifteen are off in another room dancing naked to Lady Gaga. Or using the curtains as tarzan vines to swing from the second story railings that over look more then a thousand square feet of living space. Right?

Hell I had a harder time just getting out the door to the gym this morning with three. One almost had to go with mismatched shoes.

You really expect me to believe that a family of twenty-one doesn’t do dishes laundry and vacuuming around the clock? Let alone trash cans over flowing with dirty diapers. Or losing a kid here and there because mom thought dad had him and vice versa. Even I’ve seen that one happen in families far smaller.

Now don’t get me wrong I have no ill will towards this family or any of their ways. Well… except the baby headband they tried to sneak in to the People Magazine shoot. Their youngest has nearly no hair. However, this thing made up for the fact with fake sprigs of antennae like hair meant to look like pony tails. Complete with pink ribbons to round out the ummm… natural look? Think something along the line of Cindy Lu Who in Dr Suess’ Grinch Who Stole Christmas story and you’ve pretty much got it. Luckily someone stepped in (off camera of course) and switched it out with a flowered version and the shot still made the cover.

However, if that is all it takes to get a TLC show and a hefty paycheck for every episode I’ll wear one of those head bands. But can I get one in purple instead?

Photo credit: Horiavarlan

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12 Comments so far

  1. Vero says:

    LMAO!!! You are HILARIOUS! I would so opt for Purple too, dang we have more in common than I thought. Girl, I have never noticed those details, but I also think that due to their beliefs the girls help out ALOT with the cleaning & they must have “behind the scenes” help! They have changed alot since the show started…well they do have more $$$ now… theyre dress….whoa…even mom is looking more hip :)

  2. Emily says:

    It’s called editing. At least that’s what I tell myself.

  3. The older siblings probably do most of the housework. I got a ggod chuckle out of you gym escapades … that’s precisely why I launched my ONLINE studio :)

  4. The dancing naked to Lady Gaga comment made me laugh out loud! You rock. :) And my youngest left with mismatched socks this morning…

  5. I don’t get those shows, and I don’t watch them. I don’t see how watching someone else raise their kids is interesting, but that’s just me.

  6. Maureen says:

    Lmbo- my mom is constanty telling me about this show and how perfect they are. She brags about how great the older kids are and how much they love to help out. I keep telling her it cannot be real- we are not seeing the whole story. My personal opinion is that it is unfair for the older siblings to have to take on the role of parents. I am the seventh of eight kids and know that at times it was hard to feel their was enough love and attention in a large family.

  7. Jonette says:

    Funny post! I love reality tv, but I can’t take this family or their show. IMO it’s rewarding bad behavior. Why is it necessary to have that many children? Their home is spotless because all of the older children do tons of housework and help take care of the younger siblings; they said so in an interview. Kids are supposed to be kids, not built in nannies.

  8. Gayle says:

    Mother Duggar has the older children trained like robots! They all take different sections of the laundry and the cleaning… while she sits down because she is pregnant again.

    You are right about there not even having at least one toy, one book out of place! Just wierd.

  9. A.Roddy says:

    The Duggars don’t dance. they believe it incites lusts that can’t be fulfilled-or defraud. I grew up with that rule too in the Church of Christ (but some didnt care lol). The chores are called jurisdictions. Their behavior extends far beyond Little Lord Fauntleroy antics. If you read their book, you find sections of blanket training and the four tenets of obedience. They are taught to obey without question and it tells of them playing obedience games. But surely with Grandma Duggar, Amy and Deanna around, no discipline would take an abusive turn. They don’t seem like physically abusive people but have linked to the Pearl’s “To Train up a Child”. The resource was removed from their site and blanket training was removed too.the resource section in the book tells what kind of mindset they have. So Maureen you can tell your mother the real reason these kids are so behaved by looking up their beliefs. She may change her tune. It is one thing to be behaved out of respect but not out of fear The Duggars are Independent Baptist Fundamentalist.

  10. L. Eleana says:

    I’ve watched the Duggars a few times, and I just can’t get into it. My husband seems to love it. Reality TV + Parenting = something’s just not right to me. Maybe it’s the cameras, not sure but parenting shows are just unreal to me.

  11. I think Reality TV has just become very unreal. Don’t know if reality TV really exists anymore. Though I can’t say much about this show, I’ve never seen it!


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