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Michelle Duggar Pregnant with 18th Child

Would You Want a Big Family?

Some people dream of having a large family. Others, like the Jolie–Pitts, would be happy to build a soccer team.

As CitizenSugar pointed out, Michelle Duggar is pregnant with her 18th baby. The 41–year–old mother of 17 believes it is God's will to keep bearing babes with her hubby, Jim Bob.

I wonder what the magic number will end up being for the Duggar brood.

Fertility, age and money notwithstanding, would you wish for a big family?

CourtneyPMBowie CourtneyPMBowie 8 years
I want NONE. Haha. Contrary to the majority of people who voted/posted comments. Never had any desire to have any of my own, adopted or biological. I think kids are cute and sweet etc., just never wanted to have my own or be a parent. Maybe its because of watching what my parents had to put up with with having my older brother and I and how much of a pain we were (admittedly me more than him), but I just don't want any. Plus the world is already overpopulated as it is and there are too many orphaned (or worse) kids who did nothing wrong besides get conceived and be born and why add to that ever-growing number with your own kids? In the end its my choice and I like animals more than kids. Nothing in me has ever felt the need to want kids, have kids or even to adopt kids. The problem is finding a man who DOESN'T want kids or even considers having kids these days. I swear its society/religion/family/friends who brainwashes us with the need to have kids to feel normal and a part of "regular" society (among other thing its says we need to do or think). And just to add my two cents: The Duggars are very selfish to keep having these kids and pushing them onto the older children.... I don't believe it's "God's will" for them to keep getting pregnant. It's THEIR own selfish will. God or no god, unprotected sex between a normal and healthy (with no fertility problems) man and woman during ovulation = PREGNANCY. That's called the reproductive cycle, NOT God's will. Sorry if you disagree but that's my opinion. I hate when religious people blame all THEIR decisions and choices on God's will and the Bible. No one MADE you do these things... You had a choice on each decision you made. That's why God gave us common sense and a brain that had the capacity for making our own choices, dumb and uneducated or not.
RosieAllen RosieAllen 8 years
Ok the comment about Aldi's was off, we do most of our shopping there and the food is not damaged or dented. Alid's is cheap and we love it. The food is off brand, but just as good. My parents chose to have 4 and I am the youngest and yes I was homeschooled, yes we wore skirts at times, yes my older siblings helped out with teaching. BUT both my brothers are successful young men who work full time and went through a program called Royal Rangers which is the Assemblies of God equivalent to Boy Scouts and they earned all the awards. Additionally they have done a lot of traveling in the United States. My sister has a bachelor degree in business and is a manger of a C-store in a hospital, I am studying to be a social worker. My parents have worked hard and have taught us from childhood to work hard (we built a house from scratch, and flipped every other house we have lived in) we volunteer in the community and go to church every Sunday. Having a lot of kids is great if you can give them plenty of love, my dad worked out of town most of the week so that we NEVER had to be on welfare. Personally I want at least 6 children, and addition to that I would like to adopt and/or foster children. Having all these experiences in life has taught me to not "sweat the small stuff" and that chaos can be good because you need to look on the bright side, and learn to relax and laugh a lot. P.S I have a nauseating headache so I apologize for any errors
Frank-y-Ava Frank-y-Ava 9 years
i think its gross because they can't afford it. People leave them clothes at their car and have to pay their bills with donations! don't like them at all.
anniebananie anniebananie 9 years
ok I went to college in Northwest Arknsas, where the Duggers live, and let me tell you a few things I have seen. -All the girls clothing are homemade and the boys are only allowed to wear certain color shirts shirts. -They have built their house directly across the street from the local dumpster. The smell is horrific from far away I can't imagine what it smells like up close. -Their old house was a 3 bed two baths, I think at that time they had around 14 kids. -They shop at this place called Aldi's, it's a dentend and damaged grocery store (I hear it's dangerous to eat things from dented cans) -Their kids have no social life outside of home, I believe the only people they spend time with is another family that lives near by. -All the kids are homeschooled and I think at this point the older ones are teching the younger ones because there is no way Michelle has time to teach kindergarden-12th grade. -They have said they are not on welfare but they do receive a ton of donations. -Jim Bob Dugger (yes that is his real name) tried to run for state representative, no one wanted to vote for him because he would have to spend a ton of time away from the kids, Why in the world would he even consider that? I don't care if they have 3 million kids but obviously they cannot afford it so they should just stop it, God is not going to be mad at you if you quit at 18.
Roarman Roarman 9 years
I think it is irresponsible to have so many children. The extra strain on our earths' already maxed out resources is selfish and unceccessary. If all of the 18 Duggar children have children we are looking at at least 18 more human beings on our earth. It's just too much and we need to think outside of what is just good for ourselves and what is best for everyone. I think two is the best so as to replace yourself and your mate. Maybe three for good measure. Just my opinion.
anniekim anniekim 9 years
ohjeez--Surprisingly the relationship is sister/sister and sister/brother. I have a couple of friends with older siblings with a similar age difference and they have made the same comment. They feel more that their older brothers/sisters are more like uncles and aunts to them and express surprise that my siblings don't feel that way. I sure did my share of free baby sitting though. I'd say I am definitely closer with my sister though (and she is closer with me)as we had 8 years together before I left for college.
vmruby vmruby 9 years
My limit is 4.... As for Michelle Duggar if she has enough love for all those kids then good for her.
ohjeeze ohjeeze 9 years
Anniekim, Do you have a close sibling relationship with your lil bro and sis or is it more of an aunt relationship. I'm 10 years older than one of my cousins and I see myself playing aunt (not as strict as mom but not as close as sisters) to her all the time. I sure it is hard because you guys did not grow up together.
anniekim anniekim 9 years
I was an only child for 10 years and never felt the lack of siblings. I didn't wish for a sister or brother(maybe a puppy). For many years I have had a sister (10 years younger) and a brother (17 years younger). Of course I love them very much and think siblings are the best. now. I think kids are a lot more adaptable to whichever sibling situation they find themselves in than we are giving them credit for here.
ohjeeze ohjeeze 9 years
Romaniagrl how do you know your parents weren't acting unselfishly by allowing you to have their undivided attention? I see nothing wrong with having one child because they will never have to worry about who the favorite is or have compete with other kids for mommy and daddy's attention. At least if a woman remains childless her selfishness is not affecting anyone else.
stephcorinn stephcorinn 9 years
I totally agree that the parents are the ones who make the decisions and it's their choice how many kids to have. That's why I think it is selfish of them to have so many. They are only thinking about what they want. They are free to decide what they want, but it would be less selfish of them to take into account what is best for their other children. I just don't see how this can actually be a functioning, happy family. But, again, we are each free to make our own decisions. I just think that if they have that much love to give children and they are trying to please God, then adopting some children would be the better option. Have some biological children and then help out those less fortunate children and give them a chance at a better life.
ohjeeze ohjeeze 9 years
I say to each his own and this applies to the Duggar family too, but YES they are selfish. Everyone here keeps saying well if it makes them happy, well what about the children. Are the parents thinking about them? Doing something because it makes you happy and not thinking of the others involved is SELFISH. Bluepuppybites what makes you think they would let people know if they weren't happy, children don't tell people (especially their parents) a lot of things because they don't what to disappoint them or get them upset. Those kids did not look excited to me it looked like a forced tv excited. Is their oldest son who is an adult still living at home, and if so why, that just seems strange to me? Honeymama you might not believe that the world is overpopulated but no one can deny that we are pushing our resources to the limit and this is caused by the growth of the world population. Now if you don't believe that I suggest you do some research.
rgrl rgrl 9 years
I agree with Finn, I am an only child and I thought it was selfish of my parents not to give me at least one sibling. So you know, Stephcorinn, anytime two people start a family it's usually their choice, not the kids, how they run it.
jennifer76 jennifer76 9 years
I don't think I could handle more than two kids. But, that's me. We have family friends who have 8 kids and they are some of the sweetest kids you have ever met. I'm surprised that people would criticize families where the children are really involved in the family and pitching in to make it all work. I think that's pretty much been considered a good thing for all of time... I also think it's a little silly to criticize this family for their carbon footprint when I would bet that there are a lot of families with only two or three kids with significantly larger carbon footprints. Families where Mom, Dad and all the kids drive their own SUVs. Families that are highly materialistic, buying new things all the time, eating out, etc...
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 9 years
i think that this family should stop having kids after the next baby, seriously.
backfat backfat 9 years
We're done at three, but if I hadn't had two unplanned pregnancies I think I would have only ever had one.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 9 years
I cannot believe all the negative things people are saying about this family. Big or small they are a wonderful religious family doing their best with what they got. I'm sure if those kids were so unhappy they would let somebody know since they are on the tv all the time. The only time I get upset with people having kids is when the mom is so doped up on anything and everything and doesn't give a *#@$ about the baby. What does she do when she's done having the kid, hey I need to score but I don't have any money here's my body oops now I'm knocked up again for the fifth time. This happens all the time. Those are the disgusting people out there that need the negative talk. Shame on you.
clareberrys clareberrys 9 years
Ekaterinaballerina...I'm glad you mentioned Jon and Kate plus THAT is a family that is large, realistic, and doesn't seem like they are just a little bit crazy.
michelleannette michelleannette 9 years
one thing about the duggars...i think it's nice to see children/young adults who are well behaved and help out within the family. i know it's strange to see a large group of kids who behave like this family---but, you do have to admit...they seem happy with their lives. personally, i'd like to have as many children as i can care for. if i can only afford to raise and educate 2, then it will be 2...but, if i can afford 6, it will be 6.
insi insi 9 years
i want 3
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Nope. My husband and I are content with our family of two -- just him and me. We're child-free by choice. We've been teased,"Don't you know how to make babies??" Sure, we're very familiar with the process. We just bypass a certain result, that's all. :)
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