Thursday, October 14, 2010

Does it happen in my house?

It drives me nuts when people ignorantly criticize large families like the Duggers. The most repeated complaint that I hear is about their "buddy system". Each older sibling is responsible for one or two younger siblings. The criticism is that "babies shouldn't be raising babies."

My family isn't exactly big enough to use a "buddy system", but we definitely talk a lot about how it's our responsibility as a family to love each other and take care of each other. That could mean helping your brother tie his shoes, or holding your sister's hand to help her feel less anxious about walking into school, or feeding the baby a bottle so mommy can go pee!

So call it what you want..."babies raising babies", or (I prefer) learning what being a family really definitely happens in my house.


Mamarazzi said...

it really is being a family.

about the Duggars, i don't understand why so many people criticize them. they are not on welfare, they have kids who are fine upstanding Christians and not rowdy hooligans, and they are debt free. i could go on and on about what a fantastic family they are. i think they uplift and encourage each other and those around them.

i think that's awesome!

christunte said...

Well - what is the fun of smaller siblings, if you are never allowed to feed them?

Rachel said...

and I agree. amen. :)