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Monday, January 21, 2013

Duggar Meal Planning and Prep

In a recent Parentables post, Michelle Duggar discusses the logistics of meal planning and cooking for a family with nineteen children.

The Duggars plan meals two weeks in advance so they can structure their shopping trips accordingly. "Menus and lists are a huge help..." writes Michelle.

When it comes to preparing lunch and dinner, everyone is eager to help. "All of the kids take turns in the kitchen. And it's not just for the girls! Some of the boys are really good cooks."

Michelle understands that overseeing children in the kitchen can get hectic. How do parents keep from becoming overwhelmed?

The key, explains the mom of nineteen, is splitting the kids into groups of three of four and appointing a leader. "If you get more than that, there are really just too many cooks in the kitchen!"

14 Comments (Click Here to Add Yours):

Anonymous said...

I'm glad that Michelle lets the boys cook as well and says that cooking is not just for girls, since the Duggars seems painfully traditional when it comes to gender roles.

Anonymous said...

I like this post! I really enjoy the posts (and TV episodes) that focus a lot on the logistics of home life with 19 kids. Things that might be mundane (such as cooking or laundry) in a family of four, are downright interesting (sometimes even amazing) when shown happening in a family of 21!

4bf43dea-649f-11e2-86a8-000f20980440 said...

The females change tires and the oil in their cars. They also know how to use power tools and are excellent carpenters.
If being good homemakers seems traditional to you, perhaps you should examine your own values.

pga127 said...

I hope all the capable children help Michelle and JimBob with all the household chores.

Anonymous said...

Y'all there are some pictures of the Duggars on the Bates' website.

Anonymous said...

they changed a tire and oil in one episode. the boys made lunch in one episode. don't believe any of them have done it since.

hello said...

4bf43dea-649f-11e2-86a8-000f20980440 said...

The females change tires and the oil in their cars. They also know how to use power tools and are excellent carpenters.
If being good homemakers seems traditional to you, perhaps you should examine your own values.

January 22, 2013 at 8:27 AM
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It has nothing to do with values. It has to do with doing what makes you happy. We don't live in the 1800's. Women can choose to be a homemaker and stay at home mom or they can choose to have a career and have a family. The Duggar girls seem to have had the choice made for them. They are not encouraged to get an education or to ever live on their own.
They showed the girls changing tires and oil in cars in one episode. I am sure they were taught to use power tools and do carpentry work to help build the family home. This does not mean they would ever be encouraged to be a mechanic or do construction work.

Anonymous said...

Is Josh and Anna on their 3rd child?

Anonymous said...

The girls do actually go to college, they're spokespeople for their online school. Also, the girls are on the volunteer fire department and their parents have acknowledge the need to have their daughters be able to support a family on their own. While their value system and beliefs are conservative they are raising children who are comfortable in their own skin and who are capable of being excellent, self-reliant citizens, as well as having a heart to serve others. Something that, considering today's mainstream values (most of which I would say I have) is incredible.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the comment above regarding content of the show. I could watch episode after episode of the Duggars homeschooling, cleaning, and cooking. I find it fascinating and I always learn something from them.

Anonymous said...

The Duggar girls can do many things many girls their age can't do. They can sew, cook, clean, do laundry, plan meals, shop, change a tire, use powertools, play a musical instrument, and work as firefighters! If other people had their way, the Duggar girls would be spoiled, entitled, and lazy like 90% of the girls their age. Because of their supposedly old-fashioned and backward upbringing, they are accomplished, intelligent, and kind young ladies. Good job to Mom and Dad Duggar!

Anonymous said...

@pga127 I am and always will be pro-choice. I realised a long time ago that abortion is a choice I would never make myself, but I would never presume to make that choice for someone else I understand your point about people needing to be prepared for the ramifications of being sexually active, but that comment is ignorant of rape or incest, cases where the fetus isn't viable and/or is putting the mother's life in serious jeopardy. People who know they would not be good parents, or know that having another child could cause them to run the risk of having to put their current family on the streets. There are very few abortion cases that are black and white, and even fewer that are taken without serious thought of the woman whose body is involved.

Anonymous said...

^LIKE!

Anonymous said...

Well said.

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