17 Kids will fuel culture wars

17 Kids will fuel culture wars

Another flabbergasted reporter cannot understand why anyone could actually love their children enough to want to be with them and have more. The topic is the Duggar family and the soon to be 18 children they have.

Whatever its other intentions 17 Kids and Counting has the potential to keep the culture wars raging along. This series, being shown Mondays at 10 p.m. on TLC, follows a round of specials documenting the daily logistics of the Duggars of Tontitown, Ark., the evangelical Christian family of a couple named Jim Bob and Michelle, who during the course of their 24-year marriage have produced 10 sons and seven daughters, spread out in a 7,000-square-foot house with nine bathrooms.

The Duggars have been the subject of fierce debate online, where liberal women often condemn their choices as reckless and conservative women defend their patience and commitment as inspirational. Read more…

Mother of 14 loving life, her children

Mother of 14 loving life, her children

Of course, they homeschool.

How do you take care of 11 children all living under one roof?
For starters, you’ll need two water heaters. After all, nobody likes running out of hot water during the middle of a shower. Next, you’ll need two washers and two dryers. After all, everybody needs clean clothes. At some point, you’ll need to head to the grocery store. Fifteen pounds of potatoes and five gallons of milk should last a week. Toilet paper? Don’t even ask. Read more…

On Large Families

On Large Families

The Waterloo-Cedar fall Courier has an article about “large” familes. one of them homeschools.
Funny, I grew up in a family of six kids and I never thought of it as large. Times have changed quickly.

Having a large family is not without challenges. Married for 21 years, Carol and Lyle Pakala have eight children, ranging in age from 19 to 4. Carol Pakala home schools her children, and said she’s always looking for ways to keep 4-year-old Daniel occupied while his siblings are busy with their studies. Also, many of her children have extracurricular activities she must keep track of. Read more…