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Old 12-16-2011, 12:36 AM
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I think they are doing their children a disservice in several aspects, and was angry for the other kids when I found out she was pregnant again. I disagree vehemently with some of the choices the Duggars make and how they choose to raise their kids. Oh well.

However, it's sad that the baby died and I won't judge them for how they choose to grieve.
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Old 12-16-2011, 07:26 AM
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Okay... Let's rephrase it. I think it is irresponsible to put not only yours, but your children's life on a public platform like this. They aren't old enough to decide if they want to be on TV, they can't think far enough down the road. Type in any of the name of the Duggars kids... It will pop up on the Internet forever and ever. Friends, dates, college applications... There it all is, for the rest of their lives.
The same could be said for any child in the public eye--kids on TV, in movies, even the president's kids. Obama's daughters are not old enough to fully understand what is involved in the life of a president's child. Not only are they in the public eye, but their lives are altered significantly due to security concerns. Heck, look at how much interest there was in Chelsea Clinton's wedding years after Bill Clinton left office. I would be willing to bet that more people internationally could recognize the President's kids than and of the Duggars. Is any presidential candidate with minor children then irresponsible for running because their children can't fully understand the implications of their parent's choice?
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The same could be said for any child in the public eye--kids on TV, in movies, even the president's kids. Obama's daughters are not old enough to fully understand what is involved in the life of a president's child. Not only are they in the public eye, but their lives are altered significantly due to security concerns. Heck, look at how much interest there was in Chelsea Clinton's wedding years after Bill Clinton left office. I would be willing to bet that more people internationally could recognize the President's kids than and of the Duggars. Is any presidential candidate with minor children then irresponsible for running because their children can't fully understand the implications of their parent's choice?
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Old 12-16-2011, 10:04 AM
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The same could be said for any child in the public eye--kids on TV, in movies, even the president's kids. Obama's daughters are not old enough to fully understand what is involved in the life of a president's child. Not only are they in the public eye, but their lives are altered significantly due to security concerns. Heck, look at how much interest there was in Chelsea Clinton's wedding years after Bill Clinton left office. I would be willing to bet that more people internationally could recognize the President's kids than and of the Duggars. Is any presidential candidate with minor children then irresponsible for running because their children can't fully understand the implications of their parent's choice?
Thats true to an extent, and I do think they defiintely have to take that into consideration. However, politicians, actors, musicians, etc...their children being in the public eye is a side effect (and sadly driven by the general public) and to an extent can be minimized. The duggars, jon and kate plus 8, on and on, those children are put on tv reality shows for the sake of being exposed. The purpose of the show is to show the ins and outs of their lives, the ups, the downs, etc. I do personally think there is a big difference. Then again, I think most reality shows are pretty disgusting.

Child actors I think fall in between...I think it can be ok if the parents are very cautious and careful about it but I also think often the parents take advantage and use their children to realize their own dreams of fame and money not taking the childrens best interests into consideration.
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I don't see anything wrong with taking a picture. I would do the same. I took pics at my grandpa's funeral last month. I felt a little weird about it but dad thought it was important and I agree. I don't feel weird having the pics but it felt a little disrespectful taking them.
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The same could be said for any child in the public eye--kids on TV, in movies, even the president's kids. Obama's daughters are not old enough to fully understand what is involved in the life of a president's child. Not only are they in the public eye, but their lives are altered significantly due to security concerns. Heck, look at how much interest there was in Chelsea Clinton's wedding years after Bill Clinton left office. I would be willing to bet that more people internationally could recognize the President's kids than and of the Duggars. Is any presidential candidate with minor children then irresponsible for running because their children can't fully understand the implications of their parent's choice?
I agree. It's certainly not an ideal situation but it doesn't make them bad parents.
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I guess we should all be mad that they aren't on Medicaid and welfare, and be irate because their kids are not dealing drugs and shooting their peers in the streets.
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Old 12-16-2011, 05:28 PM
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Thats true to an extent, and I do think they defiintely have to take that into consideration. However, politicians, actors, musicians, etc...their children being in the public eye is a side effect (and sadly driven by the general public) and to an extent can be minimized. The duggars, jon and kate plus 8, on and on, those children are put on tv reality shows for the sake of being exposed. The purpose of the show is to show the ins and outs of their lives, the ups, the downs, etc. I do personally think there is a big difference. Then again, I think most reality shows are pretty disgusting.

Child actors I think fall in between...I think it can be ok if the parents are very cautious and careful about it but I also think often the parents take advantage and use their children to realize their own dreams of fame and money not taking the childrens best interests into consideration.
I suppose I just don't see much difference between the Duggars having a reality show and Obama's daughters up in stage during campaign rallies, etc. Even the family photos coming released by the White House are meant to portray a certain message about the President and his family--a message intended to help the President's career. In both instances being in the public eye is a family affair--Obama's job might not be as a reality show star, but his family is still under the microscope and I don't believe that his children aren't used to help his image (not trying to pick on just Obama BTW, I think you could say the same for most presidents's and their families).
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I know it's been a while, but does anyone remember when oddities belonged in a circus? now they're all over our tv's.
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I know it's been a while, but does anyone remember when oddities belonged in a circus? now they're all over our tv's.
Same basic principle on a modern scale. People love to stare at "freaks".
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