Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar defend baby decision

They stand by their choices

Mrs Carter: Critics have a lot to say about the Duggar’s having baby number 20.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have been taking a lot of heat after announcing that they are expecting baby number 20.

Critics are concerned about Michelle’s health and the risks associated with having a baby at 45 after she just had complications with her last child Josie who was born at just 25 weeks and only weighted just over 1lb.  Others are being critical over the number of children the Duggar’s are having, saying that the siblings are doing most of the care taking and that they shouldn’t be responsible for raising their brothers and sisters.

Well Michelle has something to say to all the nay-sayers.  She tells People Magazine that they have celebrated every pregnancy and that they shouldn’t be overly concerned about this pregnancy.  She said;

“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. 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.”

Jim Bob has defended the claims that they don’t spend much time with their children and that the siblings are taking care of each other while the parents are off having more babies.  He said;

“We home school, 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.”

Michelle went on to say that there will always be critics, but that they are living their life the way that they feel is right for them.  She said;

“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.”

Unfortunately when you put your family on television you are going to have to deal with a lot of critics, it comes with exposing your lives on television – you don’t know who’s watching or how they are going to feel about your life choices.  What is really interesting about this whole situation is that no one seemed to have anything to say about their life style at 17, 18 or 19 kids, but when they become pregnant with the 20th kid, then it suddenly becomes a problem.

Photo: Jim Bob Duggar

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