Teenage Wasteland19 Reasons Why I'm Not a DuggerMikaela Foster

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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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1418582717 Becky Hermann

    Oh man. I just read this to my roommates (both dudes) and we laughed our faces off. We <3 you, girl!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002672522677 Tracey Magnuson

    I find it worrisome that any amount of anti-social insanity can be justified simply as a “belief”. It doesn’t seem to matter how wacky someone is, or even how they impose those wacked out views on their small children, there’s always a segment of people who say, “Well, that’s what they believe. You have to respect that.” Bull. These people are extremist who more than likely have scarred their unhealthily large brood with a lifetime of brain washing. No, it’s not wrong or disrepectful to call them out as what they are. These sorts of far flung idealogy driven cults have no place in the modern world. Good for the writer for recognizing how abnormal this behavior is and being a stronger person than to fall prey to justifying religious extremism. Mikaela – you are clearly a young lady who knows her own mind. Don’t let anyone change you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/annedekleine Anne de Kleine

      Tracey Magnuson, seriously?! calling the Duggars anti-social, insane, wacky, having wacked out views, having scarred their “unhealthy” large “brood”, brainwashing them, “far flun idealogy driven cults”.

      I find that VERY disrespectful, and I hope you’re just a child who doesn’t know what she’s saying, but I fear I am wrong.

      The Duggar family is indeed abnormal, as Mikeala pointed out that most families are not like them. However they are very kind, considerate, compassionate and respectful people. Traits you don’t seem to possess.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alisondenee Ali Smith

    I watch this show RELIGIOUSLY, and M is right on…a fab little critique on bizarre reality tv…

  • http://www.facebook.com/chandlerlaverty Chandler Laverty

    I think this post is most definitely innocent enough. I noticed some of the comments who disapproved didn’t have anything constructive to say. This is a nurturing, creative avenue. We’re here to build each other up, not tear each other down.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1537424996 Abby Campbell

    I think the dinosaur thing is wrong, but this is such a cute article :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/MHarper82 Miranda Early Harper

    Seriously, she’s 12! I commend any 12 year old who is brave enough and confident enough in her writing to post on the web. She has everyright to write what she wants, as sarcastically as she wants. Yeah, yeah….you also have the right to disagree with her and rant on her post (despite the fact that you are probably twice her age). Whatever. If you have such strong opinions about being “politically correct” than write your own article. I think if anyone decides to broadcast their extremely unusual life on national television, they should not be sensitive to criticism…especially when they are getting paid some serious cash per episode. So I guess, I should ask why anyone is bothering to protect them from the harmless OBSERVATIONS of a 12 year old girl. For being such a “modest” and “conservative” family, it surprises the heck out of me that they sold themselves out for the “almighty dollar”! Keep it up, Mikaela!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rusticsage Meg Didia

    This made me LOL!! Thanks for the laugh. =)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000595576391 Faryn Gabrielle

    Jennifer Peacok, you also should take zooeys advice and not say anything at all if you have nothing nice to say! I happen to think this is brilliant and im alittle in love with you. <3

  • http://www.facebook.com/liv.larocco Liv LaRocco

    I’m not a Dugger and I still have to eat tater tot casserole every night. Who knew we had something in common:)

  • 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!!

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

    Favorite Hello Giggles post ever.

  • 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/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

      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

      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/thewhiteladyofrohan Jj Murrell

    so v hysterically true <3but watch out thers 19 of them and only one of you ;)

  • 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/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/profile.php?id=571428238 Natalie Ray

    I find this hilarious and true!

  • 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=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=1475340020 Erin Katherine

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

    • 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=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/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=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?

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