Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar Share Marriage Tips

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The marriage of Kate and Jon Gosselin cracked under the pressure of raising many kids and changing priorities under the bright lights of low-rent reality TV.

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar says they won't follow the same path.

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The couple, who have 18 kids together and are expecting #19 next year, want people to understand that everlasting happiness in a marriage can survive.

No matter how many kids you have.

"One of our goals is to encourage families and parents that marriage can be strong even if they have kids," Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, 44 and 42, say.

Jim Bob, Michelle and the absolutely enormous Duggar family.

The Tontitown, Ark., couple credit a few key relationship rules:

  • Make time for each other. "We have a weekly date, even if it is just to take a walk in the park," says Jim Bob. "We will go out to lunch or dinner and talk together about the kids, upcoming events, what we have coming up."
  • Try not to be critical. "It is easy to think of things that are bothering you more often than things that are wonderful," Michelle says. "It's important to remember those things about your spouse and think about those things."
  • Forgiveness is essential: "We asked an Amish couple who had been married 50 years what the most important thing to know was, and they told us, the most important thing to say is, 'I was wrong and will you please forgive me.'"

Jim Bob praises Michelle Duggar for her "soft response" and kind nature in raising their 18 children, and anyone who has seen the Duggars on 18 Kids and Counting (Tuesdays on TLC) knows their home is filled with praise and encouragement.

"We have purposed to compliment our children – we do that on outward beauty and what is wonderful about them inside. We do that with each other as well."

The Duggars have written a book about their experiences with raising lots of children, living debt free and home-schooling, The Duggars: 20 and Counting!

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I really enjoy watching the Duggars. They are a beautiful famiy. They really are a wonderful example of the way parenting and marriage should be, according to God's will. I wish them the best of luck on their upcoming blessing and whatever else God may have for them in the future.

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I **LOVE ** THE DUGGARS SHOW!!!! EVERYONE MAY HAVE DIFFERENT RELIGIONS....BUT THATS OKAY TOO, I RESPECT THERE VIEWS ON THE MODESTY ISSUES WITH THERE BELIEFS EVEN THOUGH ITS A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT THAN MINE. I REALLY RESPECT THEM AS PARENTS. THE CHILDREN ALL SEEM AMAZING AND SO WELL BEHAVED! THEY ARE A ONE OF A KIND FAMILY AND ITS WONDERFUL TOO WATCH THERE SHOW!! I LOVE IT!! I'M JUST SHOCKED BY THE NEWS OF ANOTHER! WOW...ANOTHER "GIFT FROM GOD"! .SO GO FOR IT!! ENJOY IT! I WISH THEM ALL THE VERY BEST FOR THERE CONTINUED BLISS AND CONSERVATIVE VALUES.I WILL CONTINUE TOO WATCH THEM AND WISH THEM ALL THE VERY BEST FOR THERE NEW ADDITION AND THERE NEW "GRANDBABY" TOO!! KEEP UP THE SUCCESS!PS.) JON AND KATE SHOULD HAVE TALKED TOO YOU'S A LONG TIME AGO BEFORE THERE SPLIT! $$$MONEY$$$ ISN'T ALWAYS THE GREATEST THING TOO SAVE A MARRIAGE( IT HELPS) BUT IN NO WAY CAN IT SAVE A MARRIAGE!!! I LOVE YOUR BOOK & YOUR TIPS FOR A SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE TOO!! THANKS..........

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Y'know, I may not agree on their life choices, religion or views on children but I respect the Duggars. This family is self sufficient, loving and supportive. They obviously have found something that works for them and its inspiring to find out what that formula is for my relationship.

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This is a family that should be spotlighted, not the Octomom or Jon and Kate. They are correct when they speak, the plain fact that they are still together after more than 20 years and have so many children PROVES that marriage CAN work. Both people have to WANT it to work and TRY to make it work. People today are so disgusted with marriage and divorce and say it's not worth it but it's not marriage that is going bad, it's just that many people are just not willing to give it their all. It's easier to get divorced. I would think that a family with this many kids would be crazy but this family shows that they have the love, finances and patience to make it work.

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I think a major difference between Michelle Dugger and Kate Gosslin is that Michelle stays home with her children and is involved with her children's lives instead of being on book tours and plastic surgery rehabs

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I think this family is truly a good example of how God wants us to live. Love one another. Thak you for showing us it is possible, I love watching them, thank God for them all.

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I love the Duggars. Such a loving family. jon gosselin shoul take a few tips from Jim Bob Duggar about how to be a man, and a father.