Teenage Wasteland

19 Reasons Why I'm Not a Dugger

1. I can wear Pants.

2. I go to school.

3. I can watch TV.

4. I have my own room. I need my personal space!

5. Every person in my family doesn’t have the their fist name start with J

6. I have 3 siblings, not 18

7. I’m not forced by my parents to believe in a certain thing

8. I don’t have Hand-me-downs.

9. I don’t have that 80s style crimped hair with the bangs

10. I believe in dinosaurs

11. I’m don’t play the violin

12. I don’t have to constantly take care of my siblings

13. I don’t have cameras following me around 24/7

14. I am not required to have a “buddy” when I’m out in public

15. I can show my shoulders

16. I know other children besides from the ones in my family

17. My Mom doesn’t announce every 9 months “I’m pregnant!!”

18. I don’t have to eat tater-tot casserole every other night for dinner

19. OMG!!!

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  • Anonymous

    All good points. I personally think the Duggers are annoying! And I don’t understand why people enjoy them. I mean the first 17 kids special was neat, but to just keep having kids, come on! I’m glad you touched on this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/AlyssaJeane Alyssa Kuglin

    So much snark for a 12 year old, I love it!

    • Anonymous

      This makes everything so completely pinealss.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=552436888 Erin Foster


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002062804656 Sakura Masada

    Bless this post. :’)

  • http://www.facebook.com/loridargis Lori Dargis


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1552506183 Anastasia McAllister

    playing the violin isn’t a bad thing…?

    • http://www.facebook.com/chelsea.mcmullan Chelsea McMullan

      I don’t see where she said it was a bad thing. All she said was she doesn’t play it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeffreydkitchens Jeffrey Kitchens

      playing the violin is a wonderful thing for a child, but no more special than any other instrument. I think this remark was implying that they were forced to learn the violin… which in my opinion would definitely be a bad thing…

  • http://www.facebook.com/aleanbh Alanna Clarke

    Well, at least you’re considerate of other people’s beliefs. That’s a good trait to have when you’re so young and living in such a diverse world.

    Oh, wait.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1195393042 Olivia Colsman Langford

      hey, you stole my comment!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=116400258 Joe Steinbronn

      My mom had 11 brothers and sisters. They grew up poor but happy, and my grandma knew that every child she gave birth to would grow up in a good, nurturing, Christian family. Now that they’re adults, they all support each other in good and bad times, and family reunions are incredible. Who knew they were such losers, amirite guys?

      2.1 Reasons I’m Not a Foster – 1. I don’t make fun of other people’s kids for being different…

  • http://www.facebook.com/Jakalicious Jaklin C

    hahahahahaha :) love this

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=65800494 Meredith Bagdazian

    These people seem to be good and decent, and don’t take anything from anyone. I wouldn’t choose to live my life that way, but from everything I’ve seen those kids are healthy, happy, well-behaved, and yes, smart. Who are we to judge?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1195393042 Olivia Colsman Langford

    some of these items are quite funny though, I must admit. I don’t show my shoulders either, and I play the cello, my kids are required to play an instrument and I do insist that they go to church and believe in doing good. Maybe I’m like, 1/5 of a Dugger?

  • http://www.facebook.com/brianneg Brianne Archer

    Great list, I can’t wait to show my co-worker that just discovered them. But I think it’s Duggar with an A. And you should have mentioned being able to marry someone you’ve kissed before.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001805873802 Jennifer Peacock

    Hi Mikaela: I appreciate your attempt at humor, and maybe you aren’t trying to be malicious, but mischaracterizing people and their beliefs isn’t just unfunny, it’s mean. Your “assessment” of this family is uncharitable. Zooey wrote a post not long ago about not saying anything if you don’t have anything nice to say, and I hope you will take that into consideration next time you decide to post something.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=571428238 Natalie Ray

      I think “malicious” is a little harsh. She was just stating facts–I didn’t find anything mean in the post.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ashley.rivers Ashley Rivers

      This family is creepy. And there is nothing malicous about it, though it isn’t positve. Also if you are going to abide “if you don’t have anything nice to say” adage then maybe you should not have posted your post.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1475340020 Erin Katherine

      What’s “malicious” is you calling them creepy Ashley.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513458955 Kaitlyn Shore

      She definitely wasn’t attacking their beliefs, she was just listing the very true reasons as to why she is not a Duggar. Although I don’t agree with all the Duggars do or whatever, I still like them and their show. It’s not offensive to point out the creepy (Have you watched their show? Just Jim Bob’s smile makes this word COMPLETELY applicable) aspects to their lifestyle, and the way that Mikaela has done this is completely respectful I think.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=571428238 Natalie Ray

    I find this hilarious and true!

  • http://www.facebook.com/katie.jones2 Katie Jones

    Nevermind the negative comments, Mikaela. It’s not worth spending all of your time trying to be politically correct. You can’t please everyone!

  • http://www.facebook.com/prettynerd70 Kendra Lancaster

    Hm, didn’t see any slamming of beliefs. What I see is more of her appreciating the lifestyle she was born into as opposed to this given example. Pretty sure that’s not wrong. Besides that, none of what she said was untrue (not to mention these posts go through an editor before posting). Don’t let anyone tell you it’s not okay to disagree with something, because it is. And in my opinion, you did that without bashing.

    Oh and playing the violin can be cool… when it becomes a fiddle and is in the hands of Alison Krauss… it’s super cool.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thewhiteladyofrohan Jj Murrell

    so v hysterically true <3but watch out thers 19 of them and only one of you šŸ˜‰

  • http://www.facebook.com/emily.baggett1 Emily Baggett

    If you’re going to list 19 complaints about an entire family, you should at least attempt to spell their name correctly. People give them a lot of crap for their beliefs, and if all anyone can say about them is that the girls don’t wear pants and all the children’s names start with J, people need something else to talk about.

    • http://www.facebook.com/chelsea.mcmullan Chelsea McMullan

      I would like to remind you that she is 12, and I don’t see this as “19 complaints.” Maybe you should find the negativity in your own comment before you find negativity in what others say. And to be honest, I see more wrong in what you’ve written to a 12 year old girl (How old are you? 24?) than what she’s written in this article (which i see nothing wrong with). Quit being a bully and grow up. Aren’t we supposed to leave all of that behind in high school?

    • http://www.facebook.com/chelsea.mcmullan Chelsea McMullan

      Remember: Positivity breeds positivity while negativity breeds negativity.

      (and I’m very well aware positivity isn’t a proper word, I’m an english major too)

  • http://www.facebook.com/chelsea.mcmullan Chelsea McMullan

    Hi Mikaela,
    I think you did a really good job with this article (and all of your others)! It was funny and worth the read. You didn’t say or do anything wrong, so don’t listen to what the other people say. (They’re just jealous you’re getting published and they’re not!) Keep up the great work because you’ve got an amazing life ahead of you kid! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/madelineannem Madeline McKeever

    Favorite Hello Giggles post ever.

  • http://www.facebook.com/katelynn2007 Katy Lynn

    I think this is funny – the Duggers are in the public eye, and while they are certainly welcome to have as many children as they want 19 is a little excessive!!! And the Mum isn’t even 50 yet!!

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