Parents of the Year 2009
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National Parents of the Year 2009 -

  Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar
of Springdale, Arkansas

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar of Springdale, AR have been selected as the 2009 National Parents of the Year. The Duggars have been married for 24 years; they were high school sweethearts and were married just after graduation. As of this year, they have an astounding 18 biological children, ranging in age from 7 months to 20 years. Boys have the edge numerically,,,10 boys and “only” 8 girls. There are just 2 pairs of twins in the jumbo-sized family. Oldest son, Josh is married now and his wife brought the first grandchild to the Duggar family this year.

However, the Duggars were not selected as the National Parents of the Year just because they have a large family of their own children, but because they have exhibited such  high standards of parenting. Their highly organized household centers around spiritual principles and is obviously filled with huge amounts of love, grace, joy and mutual respect.

Jim Bob has been in the Real Estate business for 25 years. They are members of a non-denominational home church with membership of about 50 people. The Duggars prayed and asked God to teach them to love children like He loves children. They asked Him to bless them with as many children as He saw fit in His timing. To date they have been blessed with 18 children (10 boys and 8 girls). Joshua, Jana & John-David (twins), Jill. Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah & Jeremiah (twins), Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, and the newest addition, Jordyn-Grace.

God has opened many doors for them to share that children are a blessing from the Lord. The Duggar’s desire is to make Christ known and to demonstrate the life changing principles found within the Bible. The Duggars have been featured on five Discovery Health/TLC documentaries entitled, “14 Children and Pregnant Again!”; “16 Children and Moving In”; “Raising 16 Children!”; “On the Road with 16 Children!” & “Duggar Big Family Album.” They have appeared on national and international TV shows including The Early Show, The Today Show, The View. Inside Edition, Italian Public Television, on the Korean Broadcasting System, Jimmy Kimmel Live, the Fox News Network, CNN, MSNBC, and others.

Jim Bob and Michelle live their lives based upon God’s word. They have taught their children self-discipline and to work together without being individualistic. Nearly all the children play the piano and one other musical instrument and sing and so the family had a ready made orchestra. They love to make music together and sing for others. The Duggars have home schooled all of their children as this has helped to keep them close-knit. Their goal is for each of their children to be best friends and to have a loving servant’s heart and look for ways to encourage others and make them successful in life.


The most important priority for the Duggars is to teach their family to love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and to treat others like you would want to be treated. All of the Duggar children are responsible to do chores according to their ability. Everybody pitches in, helping to keep their home well organized and clean.

The parents and several of the Duggar children have been volunteers helping at the Northwest Children’s Shelter, signing up families for the Salvation Army Angel Tree Charity, ministering in the Washington County Juvenile Detention Center and County Jail, and even going to El Salvador to distribute Christmas gifts in poor villages.

The Duggar children are very self-directed, disciplined, and responsible. They are very respectful of others and have as their focus to love God first and secondly to love others. This is the motivation for all that they do. The Duggars use the opportunity of a big family to teach their children to communicate in a loving manner, to overcome anger, and to be humble by asking for forgiveness of anyone they might have hurt and to forgive others and not hold bitterness in their daily relationships. Learning this, as the Duggars relate, you can get along with anyone.

Last year when they were honored as Arkansas State Parent’s of the Year, they all sang at the state Parents Day awards ceremony. When they came up to sing they came up from their seats from the youngest to the oldest quietly and completely organized and then sang like angels. The Duggar family is indeed a sight to behold.