Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar are well known for their super-sized family of 19 children, but they are also known for their stance on birth control, financial debt (they have none) and…vaccinations? It would appear the family is also against vaccinations, as are many families nowadays, not just fundamentalist Christians, But in the Duggars case, 12 members of the family now have chicken pox.
Chicken pox? Yes, that disease that causes those small, itchy spots all over the body, and can also cause shingles later on in life. Taking care of one child with the dreaded chicken pox in one thing, but Jim Bob have to contend with 12 children who have the disease. Despite the fact a vaccine for the disease was made available since 1995, many still do not believe in vaccinating children for whatever reason, from reputed causes of autism (a theory long been disproved by the medical community) to not thinking vaccines are somehow “natural.” To top that off, Michelle is not even at home to care for the kids with chicken pox, as she is in Little Rock, Arkansas, looking after her newest baby Josie, at the hospital there. It is a good thing tiny Josie is not at home, or chicken pox could actually be deadly for her.
Jim Bob may be the patriarch, but if the family is true to form here, the oldest children are most likely caring for the younger ones who have chicken pox. It is a well known fact that the teen Duggar girls have to cook, care for, and raise the newest member of the family. Needless to say, these poor girls are shoved into wifely domesticity from an unusually early age. Given the fact all of these children are homeschooled, they do not even get the chance to go out and have fun, like going shopping at the mall, or to birthday parties. Chances are these children will wind up getting married and having their own super-sized families. That can be a serious strain on anyone’s body, mental and emotional health. Photos of the Duggars may seem happy and clean cut but they all seem a bit distant to each other in a way, and not have that closeness presumed by so many Americans. Then you have the problems of why the Duggars deliberately seek attention, having their own show on TLC, and of course, their annual advertisement of their bedroom behavior. What may seem sacred on the surface may seem revolting and even anti-social to others.
Hopefully the Duggar kids will recover from chicken-pox soon, for they should not be punished for the sins of the parents.