Tuesday, June 28, 2005

ATI's newest reality television show
Who wants to have 16 children?

17 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Jim Bob got nailed by the Robin Hood of birth control... Maybe he needs to buy his Trojans at someplace other than the CVC that Adam Davis frequents. ROFL

12:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to have that many kids. But it takes a special kind of mother. -- I know it can be done. ... It takes a lot of commitment, patience, and endurance, among many other things.

1:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

....among those many other things, stupidity and insanity...

6:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When is Bill gonna have 16 children?

7:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the fact that he says the professional builders will let them have apprentices! Can we say ATI?

7:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I thought the McKim's were the poster family for having a huge brood? I can just hear that raspy voice at Knox. droning away for hours.

There's nothing wrong with having one child or 16, if you can hack it you gain my respect.

9:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous #3: Just because having 16 kids is not for everybody does not mean you have the right to ridicule those who choose it. I admit, it sounds far out there, but would you label someone insane and stupid who gives up his life for missions in some godforsaken corner of the world? God calls different people to different paths. As long as they're not preaching to all of us about how much better their way is, there's no harm in it.

9:36 AM  
Anonymous aw said...

I went to church (along with lots of other ATI'ers and Gothardites even though my brothers and I were not accepted into the program because of my parents divorce) with the Duggars briefly when they were only on number 12 and I was amazed then at their ability to keep it all together. I say if they have the patience and sanity to have that many kids then more power to them. They certainly put our church's average of 7 or so to shame.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a very large family but I actually *parent* my own children instead of pushng my parental responsibilities upon my teenaged children.

I don't give birth to my children and then expect them to assume a catatonic state in "blanket time".

I don't allow TLC to build my house because of my extreme fertility. Actually I don't have one child on top of the other because of the effects of my draconian parenting methods, comprehensive breastfeeding and a more Christ-like responsive parenting method has allowed me a natural child spacing of 2.5 to 3 years.

I am not impressed with the Duggars and wish they would have their 15 minutes of fame and go away.

4:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now, now, now. If you were married to Mr. Gothard, you wouldn't have this attitude and be so bitter.

5:00 AM  
Anonymous editormum said...

"If you were married to Mr. Gothard..." PERISH THE THOUGHT!

I wouldn't mind having more children than my 2 ... but I dunno if I could go for this many. I think 16 is a bit extreme.

I don't think, though, that their apparent sloughing off of parental responsibility on mere adolescents is such a great thing. SOME responsibility is good for kids, but this sounds excessive.

In case anyone cares, my grandparents (all four of them) were from very large families with ten kids or more. NONE of them recommend large families. ALL of them said that their parents had big families because they needed the help on the farm, and because lots of kids died before the age of 6. The kids were worked hard and/or neglected (according to modern standards, at least). They did not have much of a relationship with their parents.

Quite honestly, that's not how I want my kids raised. And since I don't live on a farm, and since modern medicine prevents a lot of early-childhood mortality, I don't see the need for a family of 10, 15, or 20. If that's how they feel God's leading them, more power to them, but it seems a little "out there" to me.

6:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife's family are x-ers, and they had 13. In the end, it all came crashing down, the marriage collapsed etc. and guess what, the 4 married couples inherited a couple kids each. This has been unimaginably rough, and has jeprodized our own families and marriages.

I know countless large-family disasters - way more disasters than shinning success stories.

10:56 AM  
Anonymous oink. I'm a pig! said...

WOW! 16 kids! BTW, for those of you who think that they're insane for having that many... I doubt the kids would share your view.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Honestly, I think it's terrible the way that they seem to be capitalizing on their children. One tv show was fine - after all, to most Americans, any family with more than three or four children, and especially one in which the children are well-behaved, is an anomaly - but two??? And letting them build a house for you that you were (proudly, I might add) building debt-free and as you were able??? Maybe I'm over-reacting, but the whole multiple-tv-shows aspect of it seems rather tawdry...

9:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My friend lives close to this family. She says the family has celebrity status in the town.
I think I'll keep my Team Aniston and Team Jolie for entertainment.

12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Oink,
The kids dont have time to think.
They are too busy parenting their childhood away.

12:17 PM  
Anonymous VeganHunter said...

parenting their childhood away

Perfect way of saying this. But I can't complain - I'm the oldest of only 11. In my 20s I thought I'd eventually want kids, but I wanted them less and less. I've already changed so many diapers, taught so many sprogs to read, spent so much energy on teen troubles. At 31, I'm only now discovering that somewhere deep down I have interests of my own.

Two of my sisters have already done the breeding thing, and they seem to treat their kids like robots or something. I don't know how to describe it. Their parenting styles are really cold, materialistic. Hurray for x-ers becoming parents themselves.

1:01 AM  

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