Saturday, April 28, 2012

Duggar-Style Competition

As teacher and parent, how does Michelle promote healthy competition? Her answer: time.

I'll often tell my children, ''You know, time really is our friend. We want to use our time wisely, because that is our greatest resource that God entrusts to us,' writes the mom of many in her latest TLC Parentables post.

Michelle's wristwatch is her lifeline. It's important in a homeschool setting that the kids don't compare themselves with each other. Setting a timer or a stopwatch can help them focus on their work instead of how well someone is doing.

Around the Duggar home, timers are also used while completing chores and other projects. For example, the little ones have a chart where they record how long it takes them to match a basket of socks. Each child's times are kept between them and Mommy, which fosters self-improvement.

With nineteen children who are all at different levels, Jim Bob and Michelle are constantly reminding their children that each of them has different gifts and talents. Using a timer allows the kids to compete against themselves, instead of comparing their abilities with their siblings'.


  1. I think it's great that Michelle does that. I wish I was able to learn that years ago. I struggle with competitiveness, especially with my siblings. I think I may give that a go.

  2. Wow! I didn't know you had a blog! I'm so gonna follow it! I'm BIG fans of you!!
    When I grow up, I want to be like your family! I want to wtite a book called "Cheaper by the two dozen"

    Leah Nicolettte

  3. Michelle is right about "time", we are all accountable to it. How we handle time sums up who are. The duggar family is an ideal family. God fearing parents with a resulting factor of behave children.

  4. dear leah nicolette,
    this blog is by a mother daughter team who are big fans of the duggars. there names are lily and ellie. so it is not really the duggars, but they do have a website that they do themselves, i am a huge fan of the duggars too! this blog will keep you up to date on everything duggar, so stick with it! personally, i think it is better than the actual website.

  5. They seem to be very good. About how they handle their time.

  6. Homemade chicken and dumplings and biscuits, fried green beans and sweet tea.


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