Michelle and Bob Duggar shocked all of us when they announced yesterday that they are expecting baby #20. (I have to admit, I still can’t wrap my brain around it!) Many people, as you can imagine, are critical of this, and the Duggars responded to the criticism to People.
“Every child deserves to be excited they are a part of life. Even when we were having our 5th and 6th [kid] … we would celebrate each pregnancy.”
They said that the complications with Josie doesn’t deter them. But Michelle pointed out that she suffered preeclampsia during her second pregnancy.
“If we felt that way, we would have stopped back with our second birth. There are many women who have experienced preeclampsia and have gone on to have more children. That whole mind set that you stop after a problem pregnancy isn’t realistic. You may encounter struggles along the way. You may not have a perfect pregnancy, but each child is a precious gift.”
Bob and Michelle also made it clear that they aren’t over-dependent on the older children to take care of the younger ones. Bob explained:
“We homeschool, so we are around our children day in and day out. Because I am in real estate, I am home and can be with the children a lot. When we go to the store or run errands, we take the kids one on one and we get to spend more time individually than a lot of parents do.”
“The beauty of being in a large family is that everyone works together as a team and it is about teaching our children responsibility. There are a lot of good things we can learn from our critics. We really believe we are following our faith and there are sometimes going to be people who don’t agree and we aren’t going to worry about the negative things stated.
We are thankful for those out there who are happy, and we are grateful for each and every gift of a child.”
I wonder, like many people, how involved they really can be with each of their 20 kids, but ultimately, they’re taking care of them, and there’s no sign of anything serious like child abuse, so… who are we to say?
Still boggles my mind, though! What do you think?
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