Critic after critic of the Duggars brings up one thing over and over--how over-worked the older girls are. The girls seem to be raising the younger children. The girls do all the cooking and cleaning. The girls do all the laundry. Why would the girls still be living at home after they graduate if they weren't forced to be "mothers" to their younger siblings? Why would they still be at home if they weren't forced to be maids?
One side believes that it's because they have no choice. They are waiting until they have been matched with suitable husbands and are married off to begin the process all over again to raise more and more children. Why aren't they going to college otherwise? It's been brought up many times that the Duggars support their older kids continuing education but that none of them are currently enrolled. So why aren't they?
Here's one theory--why should they be? Take another look, a non-biased, non-judgemental look at their lives and then think about it for a moment. Why should they leave? They live in a massive house. They are travel around the country. They are clothed and fed for free. They earn either an allowance or the over 18s possibly get a paycheck from TLC, no one has ever been able to prove that they do or don't. They take their music lessons, do volunteer work, help out around the house. The girls who do hair as a hobby do that, the ones that say they want to be chefs do the cooking--and it's not just the girls who help with the cooking, the younger kids pitch in to help as well. They get time to spend with their friends off camera. They go to El Salvador a couple times a year. Oh yeah, one more thing, they are on National Television and all the perks that come a long with that--SWAG!
So as long as the gravy train is rolling, explain to me why exactly should they be in a hurry to get out of that house and out on their own?