When the Duggar family entered the TLC sphere, families so large were unheard of. In the family's initial specials, they had even fewer children. Today, Jim Bob and Michelle have had 19 children. For most families, this would be a struggle. Many people forget that taking care of their kids was difficult for the Duggar family before TLC came along.
In fact, viewers of Counting On are beginning to see that the younger Duggar siblings are living much better lives than their older siblings did. TLC has certainly changed things around.