Duggars’ 19th Child Creates a Familial Paradox

Perhaps paradox isn’t the right word: but if your aunt is younger than you are, that’s a bit unusual.

Michelle Duggar, 42, of TLC fame, is pregnant with her 19th child. Her daughter, Anna, is expecting her first at the same time. In this story from People.com, Michelle says,

“I love all of this, it is so fun. Anna and I will have babies five months apart. My mother and my sister were pregnant at the same time and it was really wonderful. The kids were really close and still are. I have a nephew who grew up with me, we’re just three months apart.”

The Duggar family, led by dad Jim Bob, is part of the Quiverfull movement within conservative Evangelical Christianity. Part of their belief system is that they should produce as many children as God sees fit. Which means, not surprisingly, no birth control.

Here’s our question: what is it about huge families that everyone is so interested in these days?

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