Yeah, I love that one too. I personally hate the Duggers.
I've been watching to much of the "Kids by the dozen' on TLC. I really blame my wife. She has gotten me into the "John and Kate plus 8", partly because John and Kate are a lot like my wife and I are (well, without the tons of kids and Kate is a bit more...umm...high strung then my wife...but only a bit).
Well kids by the dozen is on after and I can't help but watch it.
Now don't get me wrong, I think those people who can truely support a really big family should go right on ahead and have a ton of kids if they want, but I hate seeing all of these familys where they have very little money because Dad works making say $50k a year...but has to support 14 kids and a wife. I feel like if you have the ability to provide a chile or a few children the life style you grew up with or better then great, but you shouldn't force your family into a situation where your children have very little and you can't provide them with much because you decide 15 kids is so great...even though you probably could have put 2 or 3 kids through college and taken them on nice trips, etc.
That and I think there is a certain amount of emotional baggage that goes along with huge families. You have situations where the older kids are pretty much the care takers of the younger ones. You also have older kids sacraficing more for their family then kids their age normally do. You also have an issue where there is a tendency for children in very large familys to be overly attached to their familys and form few external ties to friends outside of the family and also don't tolerate being in a situation that removes them from the family easily (IE going to college, moving away, etc).
I think 150 years ago when most people lived on farms and big families where the way to go to run a farm was great and fine, but large families these days tend to be a big resource drain on the family instead of helping to provide for the family (IE lower overall GFP, Gross Family Product
Oh that and I think a lot of people who want tons of kids are either 1) religous as all get out (and I don't mean American Catholic, I over the top catholic, or southern baptist) 2) psychological problems. Well, oaky maybe 85% of the people who have more then 6 kids are that way. At least in todays day and age where large families make less sense.
Just my 2 cents, I really don't mean to offend for those who come from large families, it is just my take on it coming from a small family and looking at the economics and dynamic in a number of really big families (10+).