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  1. Charlotte Mason method is really great when done right. I mean, yes, it’s religious, so if you’re against Christian-based education period, you won’t like it. But the fact that Jessa even has a clue about CM means she is stepping out of the Gothard box. Ambleside Online is a free program that is based on CM methods, and if followed correctly it would meet honors standards for history and literature. No Boxcar Children at age 13 for sure!
  2. S07.E10: Make Room for Baby

    There was a book written 20 years or so ago by a Christian counselor, The Five Love Languages. It was immensely popular and has become part of the lexicon in evangelical circles. The original book was for couples, but a follow up book was designed for parents and children. It is so ingrained in the culture that my son’s teacher (Christian school) asked me in our first parent-teacher conference what my son’s love language is. It’s not a bad concept, and definitely veers from the Duggar concept of everybody being just alike.
  3. The girls are plain and there is nothing about their singing that is worthy of being recording artists. A new generation is being raised to believe that the world should be handed to them because they are Duggars.
  4. Nope, we’re sending it to Pantene’s Beautiful Lengths.
  5. My teen daughter had hair like Jessa’s and recently had it cut for donation (she did the minimum because she didn’t want it above her shoulders). It made such a positive difference in her appearance. Hair that long hanging in front is not flattering to anyone in my opinion.
  6. The Duggalos: Jinger and the Holy Goalie

    This name snob heartily approves of the name. Classy all the way.
  7. On the one hand, I think it’s a good sign that Jill bought a legit reading instruction program. It shows that she actually intends to teach and she’s excited about it. And it’s not unusual for moms who intend to homeschool to be a little overly eager to start their firstborn (raises hand guiltily). However, given that this is the Dillards we’re talking about, I’m concerned that if Izzy doesn’t take to reading right away, his developmental unreadiness might be taken for disobedience.
  8. Michelle and JimBob aka J'Chelle and Boob

    To me, Israel just seems like a kid who’s tall for his age and awkward from having whackadoo parents and no life outside the compound. Hopefully he’s at least allowed to go to Sunday School and VBS at Cross Church.
  9. I think those are holes in the undershirt. The picture is ridiculous regardless. These people are so tone-deaf.
  10. No, the preaching mechanic was Justin.
  11. I will say that Jenni’s dress must have been purchased recently because I just saw the exact one at Walmart this week. So someone is shopping, however haphazardly.
  12. I wouldn’t judge if these were normal people. I decided to pick my battles and let my daughter start picking her outfits when she was 3, and she wears some pretty outlandish and sometimes frumpy stuff. And she always insists on wearing leggings under her dresses even though it ruins the look. Back to the Duggars, though. We know they don’t care about letting their children express themselves through clothing and they’re all about control. So if the kids look tacky, it’s because they’re either forced to wear certain clothes or left to themselves out of laziness.
  13. Season 5 Discussion

    Yes. Similarities between the show and the book series: Canada, schoolteacher, Mountie. That’s pretty much it.
  14. A poster on FreeJinger posted that Jana is wearing a Kappa Delta sorority shirt in some recent group pictures (the Waco trip maybe?). Sorority members aren’t supposed to donate their shirts because non members aren’t supposed to wear the letters. But of course Jana has no clue because she is so sheltered, and so a 28yo who will never be permitted to attend a college class is dressed in Greek letters.
  15. It’s ignorance. They are confusing anxiety with worry, and it’s not the same thing! I am a Christian. Depending on the definition, some might label me as fundie. If layoffs are happening at my company and I’m worried that I’m next and there’s nothing I can do but wait, this is a good verse to remember. If, though, I’m in danger of losing my job because my brain is crippled with unexplained anxiety that causes me to procrastinate basic tasks and I can’t get stuff done, then that’s not going to be fixed with Bible verses and prayer. Of course the job example would be completely lost on Duggars.