I just read today that the Duggar Family welcomed their 17th child (Jennifer Danielle) and would "love" to add more girls to their large brood. On Discovery or maybe TLC, I've watched several specials on this family and while I am amazed at their organization and how they are able to survive financially, I have questions about their choices in parenting.
Jim Bob and Michelle seem like sweet, good, well-meaning people. According to them, they tried birth control and after a miscarriage and further education decided that it was not what they believed in. They decided to leave it up to God and continue to have children because God grants them these blessings and they will continue to accept them for as long as he wants them to. Ok, I can understand that. Where I have doubts is on their ability to parent based on this decision. When you have 17 children, are you able to nurture and guide each and every child? Or are the elder children raising the younger children? I am not trying to criticize or say they are wrong, but it just seems impossible to devote enough time to each child and unfair.
The other issue I have is that it seems the children are being raised so far outside of the real world that if they ever ventured out they would be eaten alive. They are homeschooled, attend church, and socialize with other families within their religion. From watching their specials they seem very sheltered. I guess it is possible the kids will attend religious universities and marry within and lead happy lives but... ? I don't know. It just seems weird to me.
However, what is weird for me may be normal to others and I'm just speaking based on my life experiences. If it works for them and their children are happy then, more power to them!
I have to add-I am in no way saying religion or homeschooling is bad...however, I do think that children should be educated and exposed to a variety of environments and people. It's great that they each learn to play two instruments but in my opinion there is more to life.