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post #1 of 89
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I just can't even fathom this. Of course, I can't really fathom having one child, let alone 16!

http://www.cnn.com/2005/HEALTH/paren....ap/index.html
post #2 of 89
I actually just finished reading that story...I couldn't believe it!! Sixteen kids...I don't know if I want one little alone sixteen..WOW!
post #3 of 89
Let's not even go there. Whatever happened to ZPG? I swear, humanity's going to be just like the mythical lemmings!
post #4 of 89
oooo we love kids....oooo we wat more...FOOLS!!!!!

well when ya need 16 cars, 16 college loans, 16 unruly children, 16 shopping sprees, 16 groups of friends.....tell me if ya like it then.....
post #5 of 89
I saw them on oprah i think a while back... they have no debt and seem to hadle all those kids ... I give them a huge hurray ... I would never have that many unless they had fur
post #6 of 89
I saw a show on Discovery or TLC about them. The house is very well organized and run, that's for sure. The kids are all homeschooled, and helping build thier new house. But I could NEVER do that. I would cut off his....well you know...before I ever let things get that far out of hand! And they still want more. one drives me nuts, I couldn't deal with all of those (and two sets of twins in there!)

Amber
post #7 of 89
Wow! Can you imagine the type of people they must be to be able to deal with that many children? They both must have a huge heart, not to mention how patient, caring, and unselfish... the list goes on. The only word that really fits is amazing.

I don't see anything wrong with them having that many children, and if they want more then I say go for it. I don't think they are on public assistance of any kind and they seem to be in control of everything.

As far as cars and stuff go. I am willing to guess that each child won't have their own car. Growing up in a family that large I am sure those children have a good sense of sharing I know there will be times when they will get sick of driving brothers and sisters around and wearing hand-me-downs, but when it comes right down to it I am sure they will manage just fine.
post #8 of 89
I saw the special on the family. They seem really well adjusted for that many children. I just can't get over that the mom is only 2 years older than I am and I'm not married and have ZERO children.

Katie
post #9 of 89
Jim Bob Dugger and his family are pretty well off. They can afford the kids, and as long as each kid is loved and cared for then its fine by me. He ran for office not too long ago, but he didnt do so well. I remember thinking he seemed like a nice guy, but when running for office everyone seems like your best friend.
post #10 of 89
Oh my goodness I think that is so wrong he is 40 and she is 39 how much time are the younger ones going to get with them before they pass away ? and they want more I just think it is plain wrong it makes me very angry
post #11 of 89
That seems like an insane number, but if it is working for them .
If you think back to the old days, families used to have that many or more people in them, it was normal thing. If it worked back then, why cant it work for this couple. I think we are just so used to "the norm" being a couple or few kids, that when we hear about a family like this, it just seems crazy. I personally cant imagine dealing with that many family members on a daily basis, I would probably get locked up. But like I said, if it works for this family, good for them.

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Originally Posted by fatkitties
I would cut off his....well you know...before I ever let things get that far out of hand!
Oh no!!! I would never do that! But I would invest in some very strong birth control, some super thick contraceptives, and maybe a hysterectomy.
post #12 of 89
Yikes. That's all I have to say. I'm actually speechless on this one!
post #13 of 89
thats to many kids imo. but if they can afford them and take care of them good.
post #14 of 89
They have plenty of money because they obviously aren't spending any on birth control .

I'd have a LOT more respect for that family had they ADOPTED at least a few children!
post #15 of 89
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Originally Posted by Jaspers Mummy
Oh my goodness I think that is so wrong he is 40 and she is 39 how much time are the younger ones going to get with them before they pass away ? and they want more I just think it is plain wrong it makes me very angry

At 40 if they have another she will be 58 by the time the kid is 18.... That is still young these days.
I don't understand how people can be angry about this when it has no affect on them.
post #16 of 89
All I can say is that she must not get morning sickness, I find it debilitating.
post #17 of 89
Wow, paying 16 tuitions is gonna be rough. They should really take advantage of this media coverage now and get some endrsements if they want to put thos kids through college!

As for then being 40 and 39...that is how old my parents were when they had my youngest brother (he's now 9)...and they're not too old to handle him. With the help of their 16 and 20 year old daughters, of course
post #18 of 89
Numpty's!!
post #19 of 89
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Originally Posted by lionessrampant
Wow, paying 16 tuitions is gonna be rough. They should really take advantage of this media coverage now and get some endrsements if they want to put thos kids through college!
Well, maybe they can "home-college" 'em too . I dunno, having that many kids and homeschooling all of them... sounds a bit clannish to me.
post #20 of 89
I have no prob with this at all ...as long as it`s not me ...and they can afford and will take care of that many children.
My Mom & Dad wanted at least a dozen, but were only able to have 3 of us that lived....and I`m not sad about them not being able to have that many...since I`m the oldest!
But if it works for them...more power to um!
Linda
post #21 of 89
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Originally Posted by mferr84
<snip>...If you think back to the old days, families used to have that many or more people in them, it was normal thing. If it worked back then, why cant it work for this couple...<snip>
Yes, but in the "old days" due to disease, privation, etc., it would also be the normal thing for them to have 16 kids --- and maybe see 4 or 5 of them grow to adulthood (if they didn't die themselves) and hopefully 2 or 3 of them would actually make it to an age where they would reproduce themselves. The average life expectancy in Medieval England was 33, at the end of the 18th century it was 37, currently in the west it's 77-81. This country has 5% of the planet's population, and we use 25% of the planet's resources. Just in the last 30 years this country's population has risen 50%.

Maybe they can care for 16 kids, they seem to be doing a fine job of it. But it's just not very socially responsible.
post #22 of 89
Well I hear after the first 3 or so kids, the pregnancies get easier (being pregnant is about as hard as sneezing) and the deliveries are like drive-throughs. "here's the mitt! Catch him when he falls out, ok?"

I think that if the couple is married & HAPPILY MARRIED and ABLE to support the kids (a 7,000 square foot house? I mean, like wow) and they do not abuse the kids AND they can raise them to full adulthood; okay keep on breeding.

They seem like one of those couples. Just lucky I guess; some women out here can't have any kids or just have one and have to get fixed. So I think if she can and will and it just happens so easy, and her hubs is supportive? Great! Love all around...

There are couples who should not have any more kids, shouldn't even have ONE. Couples who have babies because they don't know how to use birth control, aren't financially able to support the kids on their own (live on Welfare and all the hand-outs from the government), keep popping out kids and saying, "we are so poor" yet oops... she's pregnant again.

I myself can't fathom what 16 kids would be like. That women needs a cape & a lasso or something.
post #23 of 89
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Originally Posted by darkeyedgirl
Well I hear after the first 3 or so kids, the pregnancies get easier (being pregnant is about as hard as sneezing) and the deliveries are like drive-throughs. "here's the mitt! Catch him when he falls out, ok?"

I think that if the couple is married & HAPPILY MARRIED and ABLE to support the kids (a 7,000 square foot house? I mean, like wow) and they do not abuse the kids AND they can raise them to full adulthood; okay keep on breeding.

They seem like one of those couples. Just lucky I guess; some women out here can't have any kids or just have one and have to get fixed. So I think if she can and will and it just happens so easy, and her hubs is supportive? Great! Love all around...

There are couples who should not have any more kids, shouldn't even have ONE. Couples who have babies because they don't know how to use birth control, aren't financially able to support the kids on their own (live on Welfare and all the hand-outs from the government), keep popping out kids and saying, "we are so poor" yet oops... she's pregnant again.

I myself can't fathom what 16 kids would be like. That women needs a cape & a lasso or something.
Seriously. 16 pregnancies. Owwwwwww!!

Whatever. If it works for them and they're happy and the kids are happy and no one is hurting anyone, then it's ok by me. Seems like they're inviting a lot of jokes and stereotypes to fly. I mean, Arkansas + 16 Kids + A lot of Biblical names? They're just ASKING to be mocked on The Daily Show or Family Guy or something.

Also: So, having 16 kids is the pre-req to getting that cape and lasso I've always wanted, eh? Might have to take a pass.
post #24 of 89
I guess it seems odd nowadays, but I went to school (RC) with kids from huge families. One girl's mother was pregnant with her 17th when we graduated from high school. My sister's s.o. (LDS) is one of 12 (or he has 12 siblings; I can't keep track), and the family has to rent a hall to celebrate Christmas dinner, with so many in-laws and grandchildren.
If the family can afford that many kids, and they're all well-adjusted and well taken care of, why not?
post #25 of 89
Although I tend to lean towards the majority here and agree that they seem to be financially capable, physically capable, emotionally capable, and mentally capable (I don't think I would be!! ) to not only have this many children, but provide them with adequate housing full of love and education. Rose Hawk does bring up a very good point, though. The US is a natural resource hog as it is...although families are generally smaller now than they were even 40 years ago, we still use waaaayy too many resources.

As for larger families back in the day? My mother's family consisted of 12 children, my father's had 8. They were one of many many many large Roman Catholic families. Although not very common now, it wasn't necessarily uncommon only 40 years ago.

I used to work with a Dr. who had 8 children. He told us that when they went on family vacations, they had to take 2 cars. Could you imagine the party train for a family of 16??
post #26 of 89
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Originally Posted by squirtle
At 40 if they have another she will be 58 by the time the kid is 18.... That is still young these days.
I don't understand how people can be angry about this when it has no affect on them.
I tend to agree. I don't get all the judgement
Why should anyone but themselves be worried about how they will put their kids through college?
I saw this family on a special that showed their home, routines, mealtimes, schooling etc... These people are so self-sufficient and financially responsible that they don't even have any credit card debt.

These people are much more squeaky clean than most of the consumers in the country.

Their Christian values play a large part in how they live and they don't believe in birth control. While I may not identify with their choices, its their right to live how they want as they are in no way bothering or harming anyone..

In fact, these people were so freshly scrubbed, angelic and well mannered that after I saw this show, I almost went straight to church.
(almost )
post #27 of 89
I saw them on Oprah! or The View? The kids seemed really well-adjusted, which would be my only concern, since it seems like it would be hard to get individual attention--especially with several small children in the mix.

Besides, if they grow up to be assets to society, it can hardly be detrimental--and there are plenty of unfit parents with less kids who raise them to be nothing but well...nothing. If one of those children grow up to be my child's teacher, or pediatrician, or a vetrinarian, or anything that will help the world in any way, then I'm glad they were born. Since they seem so full of love, I'd say it's likely they will do so.

Good for mom & dad!
post #28 of 89
Most of my friends who come from really large families tell me that the kids might not receive "individual attention" from mom and dad, but they get a lot from their siblings. The oldest ones help to raise the youngest, for example. This isn't to say that mom and dad don't give everything that they can, but the siblings fill in where the parents might not. I think its a wonderful (though not the only) way for the elder siblings to learn responsibility, and what a close family it would produce!
post #29 of 89
It's kinda freaky that one woman could have 16 babies (wouldn't that be hard on your body??) but as long as they are able to support themselves and their children on their own and they love them..who am I to say it's wrong??
post #30 of 89
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Originally Posted by Jaspers Mummy
Oh my goodness I think that is so wrong he is 40 and she is 39 how much time are the younger ones going to get with them before they pass away ? and they want more I just think it is plain wrong it makes me very angry
Wow, seeing as how they, most likely, have another 50 years or so of life I
don't understand you.
And why would this make YOU angry.
Is this against the law.

see the family website: www.jimbob.info/

They are wonderful parents bringing up wonderful children in a loving, Christian family. They depend on no one but themselves. The aren't looking for hand outs from the govt. What IS the problem?
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