So who are the Duggars?
The Duggars are an Arkansas family consisting, such as the show’s title suggests, of 19 children (and counting). They have 10 sons and nine daughters, several of whom are now married themselves. All 19 have titles that start with the letter “J”: Joshua, Jana and John-David (who are twins), Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah and Jeremiah (also twins), Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn-Grace and Josie.
Why so many children?
Jim Bob and Michelle say they used birth control for some time when they first got married, then had Joshua, but went back on the pill after. After that, they decided to not use birth control again, strengthening their conservative Christian values. Their kids are homeschooled, keep modest dress and prevent sources of amusement their parents deem inappropriate. When Jessa wed in a new special on the series, she and her husband shared their first kiss in their wedding day.
How can they look after each of them?
The household uses a “buddy system” where an older child is assigned a younger child to care for, taking care of tasks such as tying shoes, picking outfits and helping out with homework.
What is Josh’s role in the household?
His wife Anna and their three kids (all with “M” names) have been featured on the series. Anna is pregnant again, with a baby girl who’s due in July.
What is next for your family?
TLC has not yet issued a statement on the future of 19 Children and Counting (the system formerly pulled the plug on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo following the mother because reality show revived a love with a convicted child molester). Jim Bob and Michelle gave a statement to PEOPLE stating, “We hope that as people watch our own lives that they see that we aren’t a perfect family. We’ve got challenges and struggles daily. “Whether this development can be introduced as a narrative of redemption for the Duggar family remains to be seen.