Wednesday, August 11, 2010
If you don't watch TV, why are you on a TV show?
That's a good question, but I must explain why the Duggars watch very little TV in the first place. It all started 26 years ago.....
A marriage counselor advised Jim Bob and Michelle not to have a television for the first year of marriage, so they could have open communication without any distractions. But right when that year was up, Jim Bob and Michelle got cable TV. "We quickly realized that we were addicted to TV," Jim Bob told CBS news. "We just stared at that TV and didn't talk to each other." So they dumped it. "That was one of the best decisions we ever made for our family," says the father of 19. ( The marriage counselor also advised them not to have a pet for the first year of marriage. When that time was up, they bought a rabbit. But when they tossed the TV, they kept their cuddly friend.)
So if the Duggars don't believe in watching TV, why are they on a TV show?
It took a lot of thought and prayer for Jim Bob and Michelle to allow TLC to film their brood. "We agreed to it as long as they agreed to not edit out our faith," says Jim Bob. Their purpose for "19 Kids and Counting" remains the same as it was for their very first show, "14 Children and Pregnant Again" : To share with the world that children are a blessing from God.
The Duggars have been convinced that agreeing to be on TV was the right choice; they have received countless emails from viewers whose lives have been changed by watching "19 Kids and Counting."