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The Duggar's Want More Kids! How Many Is Too Many?

By Mara Siegler |

The Duggar family has a whopping 19 kids and no plans of stopping.   Despite the fact that they are currently waiting with baited breathe to bring home premie Josie, they are already thinking about expanding their mini village.

The Duggars are super religious and feel that God wills everything, including how many kids they should have. Birth control is obviously out of the question. Michelle, the family matriarch, recently proclaimed: “We would love more! I’m 43 almost 44 this September, I know that my mommy years are probably numbered and I don’t know how many more children God will see fit to give me.”

But even if it doesn’t happen biologically, she still envisions adding more through adoption. After meeting a family who had brought in special needs children, she says “They inspired us and it is something we’ve been praying about because we do love children. Each child really is a gift and that just doesn’t mean just our children. We asked the Lord to give us a love of children the way he loves children. That is something that we’ve prayed about and we’ll just see what the Lord has in store for our family in the future.”

But 20 kids? 21? 30? How many is too many?

One argument is that it’s far too many. One is hard, two is difficult, and at five it gets pretty crazy. Each child has their own needs from driving them to soccer practice to needing extra help with homework to whatever, not to mention that amount of grocery shopping, clothing shopping, and other necessities this would require.  Kids are individuals who need attention and it would be humanly impossible to give such a large number all that they need.

The opposing argument is that they are doing what is natural and what falls in line with their beliefs.

I know that this debate has been raging since the time they popped out their 9th child or so, but with their plans to have another it’s sure to heat up again. Leave your opinion in the comments.


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Mara Siegler can currently be found on Babble's Famecrawler blog. Read her! She lives in Brooklyn, NY and freelances on all your favorite gossip and indie rock.

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0 thoughts on “The Duggar's Want More Kids! How Many Is Too Many?

  1. Real Talk says:

    If they can support their children without being on social services, I say have at it. Who are we to say how many children anyone should have if they are able to take care of them financially, mentally. It is not our right to determine what suits them. If the children was saying something that would be different. Coming from a huge family is not always a bad thing. I came from a grandfather, who was one of 19. I love all my cousins dearly. If they had not had so many children, I would not be here. So who is anyone to say, someone had to many, if they are capable of providing for them. The more the merrier…

  2. jami says:

    Unfortunately, after reading some info on their official website, I don’t agree that they have taken care of then without any assistance.

    A large percentage of building their house was donated by Discovery Network and Corporate sponsers: appliances, painting, decor, and a fully stocked pantry. There are millions of people that could use those types of donations through no fault of their own, but they don’t get them.

    And when you have to institute what they called a “buddy system” to raise the kids: each older child being assigned a younger child to be the primary caregiver, I think that’s too many children at that point.

    When your children are raising your younger children? The parents should be the primary caregiver of any child they have. If they can’t, that’s the time to call it quits.

    But allegedly the eldest son now has the same plans? (Accordin to an interview I read)

    If they all do that, the Duggar family will begin to resemble the Cat reproductive pyramid the Humane Society uses to push spaying and nuetering

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