I, like some others, am on the fence. IN some ways, I am facinated by this family.
It would appear that this family is very happy and works well together. The children seem well adjusted (much more than myself at 17, and my dads a pastor, but not as strict as this family seems to be). I was surprised to hear one of the daughter comment that ..."if mom gets pregnant, hopefully (big smile), she'll have twin girls". It obviously works for them.
IN the first special (14 and one more or what ever it was called) Jim Bob explained how before the children were born, they made the commitment to go cash only. This is something almost every american (and certainly my family) could stand to learn a LOT about!! It seems like they are getting a lot of hand outs, but i'm wondering if this isnt a result of the previous air time. In the first special, they lived in a modest house and it appeared they had lived there for quite some time. The home they were living in in the second special was a rental they had to move into b/c they hadnt completed their home.
I do really admire the way they built their own house, it seems like they did almost all the work themselves which is amazing. I agree with other pp that some kids in America could surely benefit from a little responsibility, not to mention, they are learning a LOT of things that will come up in real life.
My husband thinks they are CRAZY and had to leave the room after about 15 minutes, but he's very 'in the box', much more mainstream/normal than me. The idea of so many kids to him was just plain nuts!! It was kind of funny to watch him watch the show!!!
Anyways, this is an interesting thread!