30 Shocking Duggar Family Secrets Revealed!
The Duggar family of TLC's former long-running television series 19 Kids and Counting seemed wholesome enough on screen. Jim Bob and Michelle's family consisting of nineteen children boasts a devout Baptist Christian faith, but what is really going on when the cameras aren't rolling? In 2015, a shocking family scandal was unveiled, turning the Duggars' lives upside down. But, as it turns out, that was just one of the family's many dark secrets...NEXT »
You won’t catch the Duggar family sunbathing on an exotic beach vacation - or, anywhere for that matter. The entire family purposely avoids public beaches because of their beliefs in wearing modest clothing. The Duggar girls never hit the mall to go bikini shopping. If you manage to catch this family in the sun, they may look like they’re heading to Church.
Experimenting With Alcohol
The Duggar house has a very strict no drinking rule, among many other harsh family guidelines. But, it was revealed that Jill Duggar accidentally tried alcohol once. Most parents of teens would look straight through those words. But, with such strict regulations, maybe Jill actually did try the hard stuff by accident. Crazier things have happened.
Cheering For Jim Bob
Even as a young high school boy, Jim Bob knew that he wanted to date a Christian. Finding a girl that shared the same religious beliefs as him certainly proved to be a task. But, when he heard that Michelle was both a fun cheerleader and a Christian he knew that she was the one for him. The two were married just after Michelle's high school graduation.
Football star Tim Tebow has stood out in the NFL because of his strong beliefs in living a Christian lifestyle. His reputation even connected him with one of the Duggar girls. After Jim Bob met with Tebow’s mother, the Internet flooded with rumors that Tim was courting Jana Duggar. But, the rumors turned out to be false. Tebow eventually set the record straight saying that he and the Duggars had never met.
The Duggar Wedding Style
Nowadays, Duggar weddings seem to be pretty big and exciting. But, back when Jim Bob and Michelle tied the knot there wasn’t much celebrating going on at their modest wedding. The couple married in a gymnasium hallway and they served only cake and punch at the wedding. In the early years of their marriage, they decided to use birth control pills and wait to have children.
Jessa And Ben’s First
Most couples have their first kiss after a date or two. But, Jessa Dugger and her husband Ben managed to hold out for longer. On their wedding day, they avoided the alter kiss altogether. Their very first smooch took place after the ceremony in private. It’s rumored that they didn’t even hold hands until they were engaged. Talk about taking things slow.
Spying On The Kids
Dating in the Duggar house certainly seems like a challenge. Both Jim Bob and Michelle monitor their kids during every single exchange with their dates. A family member is always around to chaperone, even if the couple is far apart. The Duggar parents are included in their children’s group texts with their suitors. If you want to date someone in their house, you’ll have to get past their parents first. Looks like you can’t have a private moment until the day after the wedding.
Michelle and Jim Bob have strict rules about interactions between the Duggar girls and boys. The boys are not allowed to play hide n’ seek with the girls and the boys are not allowed to babysit the girls. Plus, touching is off limits. The Duggar girls can’t sit on any of the boy’s laps, except their fathers. It’s not clear if these rules are new or if they’ve always been set in stone.
If you want to go on a date in the Duggar house then you better pay up! Jim Bob and Michelle require all of their kids to have a family chaperone during their dates and the job comes with a price. The Duggar kids charge their siblings a whopping $5 to tag along on a date. The kids may want to renegotiate this dating contract and fight for a raise.
Hide The Beer!
The family’s view on alcohol is so strong that Michelle Duggar has been quoted saying that personally, she thinks alcohol doesn’t need to be “convenient.” This comment poked fun at convenient stores that keep six-packs cold for weekend partiers. Looks like none of the Duggar kids will ever pick up a cold brew to celebrate a Friday night. But, surely they'll find other ways to keep busy.
Jim Bob and Michelle may be done having kids. But, their 19 children are getting older and starting to get married so they can begin their own family. In fact, right now three of the Duggar children have children. Jill, Jess, and Josh all have kids giving Jim and Michelle six grandchildren. If you think the family is big now, just wait until all of the grandchildren come over for the holidays!
Milk And Eggs Galore
You won’t believe how much money the Duggar’s spend on groceries. They spend roughly $3,000 a month at the food store. Their massive family goes through 7 gallons of milk and almost 4-dozen eggs. With 19 kids, that estimate seems about right, doesn’t it? As it turns out, that massive order only adds up to 3 eggs per person and less than a cup of milk a day for each Duggar.
You might think that Jim Bob and Michelle don’t believe in birth control. But, the couple actually practiced safe sex right after they were married. After the birth of their first child, Michelle resumed use of oral contraceptives, but still became pregnant again and miscarried. It wasn’t until then that they decided to opt out of birth control and start a massive family with 19 kids.
You’d think that the Duggar house would celebrate a birthday almost every month. But, it turns out that none of the kids have birthdays during February and June. Despite having 19 kids, Jim Bob and Michelle managed to get a little birthday break during the winter and early summer. But, even still, remembering 19 birthdays must be awfully exhausting.
The holidays are definitely an expensive and crazy time for a family that has 19 kids who expect the full Christmas treatment. Even with all the pressures of Santa Claus sitting on the shoulders of Jim Bob and Michelle, the Duggar parents still have to juggle five birthdays during the month of December. Can you imagine gift-wrapping all of those presents?
The No Pant Rule
You’ve probably noticed that the Duggar girls don’t have the trendiest styles in their closet. In fact, you’ll never catch a Duggar girl wearing a pair of expensive designer jeans. In their house, only men are allowed to wear pants. Girls are required to wear either dresses or skirts. You’ll only find long denim skirts at the Duggar house. Surely that can get rather cold in the winter months.
Guns For Everyone
The Duggars don’t hide their support for the second amendment. Everyone in the Duggar house is trained to use a rifle. They learn young and it’s a tradition that follows them as they grow. Controversial photos have spotted 16-year old Jedidiah holding a rifle and 5-year-old Josie walking around while a gun lies on the ground. Guess this somehow ties in with their Christian beliefs?
Paying for private school is definitely out of the question for the Duggar family. In fact, the kid’s don’t even attend public school. Every Duggar child is homeschooled by Jim Bob and Michelle. It’s likely that the occasional tutor comes in to help out. Without school, it appears that the Duggar kids don’t get much time to escape the family. They're definitely a tight-knit bunch.
The Duggar family is big on traditions. Everything about their celebrations tends to be modest and by the book. But, at Jessa’s wedding, she managed to skip out on one very important tradition. Instead of serving wedding cake, Jessa gave her guests ice cream sundaes to celebrate her new life with husband Ben Seewald. Talk about a happy ending!
The Duggar family seems to have a strong line of healthy kids. Despite the odds, every Duggar child is completely healthy with no birth defects. Every birth hasn’t gone perfectly, but overall the family has been extremely fortunate when bringing another Duggar into the world. Michelle's most complicated delivery was probably with Josie Brooklyn, where she had to give birth via c-section only six months into her pregnancy.
The Duggar Religion
What religion do the Duggars follow? It turns out that the Duggars identify as “Independent Baptists.” This means that they’re not affiliated with a traditional religion and they do not follow a hierarchical structure. All of the family members abide by strict conservative rules, including practicing "chaperoned courtship" in which a couple gets to know each other in a group setting.
The Family Band
Music is important in the Duggar household. While Jim Bob and Michelle aren't musically skilled, they wanted their children to learn how to play and read music. In fact, every child in the Duggar house practices a musical instrument. With 19 kids, they could form their own tiny orchestra. But, it looks like you won't find a lead guitarist or rock bassist in their house. Most of the kids play violin or cello.
The family tries their best to air most their dirty laundry in private, especially their darks and whites. With 19 kids, Jim Bob and Michelle spend much of their time washing and drying 40 loads of laundry per week! The family uses 4 washers and dryer sets to make sure all their skirts, dresses, and jeans are clean and neat. Just imagine what their monthly utilities must cost.
No To Gay Marriage
Michelle has spoken out against gay marriage and trans rights. She once voiced her disapproval for an anti-discrimination bill that would protect transsexuals, stating "I don't believe the citizens of Fayetteville would want males with past child predator convictions that claim they are female to have a legal right to enter private areas that are reserved for women and girls."
Disturbing Marital Advice
In an interview, Michelle offered a bit of marital advice that sounded like she borderline encourages marital rape. “Your hubby comes home after a hard day’s work, you get the baby to bed, and he is going to be looking forward to that time with you. … Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love that he has, and you always need to be available when he calls," she said.
Older daughter Jill has also voiced some marriage advice, which is to marry quickly and not wait. “You may not wanna push the wedding date out too far, as those natural God-given desires with too much time between engagement and marriage can make it harder to remain pure," she explained. Guess that explains why she was only engaged for two months before marrying her husband Derick.
Not So Innocent
While the Duggar family's faith forbids any sexual activity or cohabitation before marriage, it seems that Jessa didn't really pay those rules any mind. Believe it or not, Jessa's now-husband Ben Seewald lived in the 19 Kids and Counting household before he and the older Duggar sister wed in November 2014. But, who's to say if they remained pure during that time.
Now, this one is a real doozy. The Duggar family's homeschooling and strict Christian beliefs have led the children to believe that the world isn't approximately 4.54 billion years old like science estimates. “I think the world is definitely, as The Bible says, 6,000 years old,” Jill has said. Kind of a barbaric belief system if you ask us, but whatever floats their boat.
Even though the Duggars have traveled all over the globe for their missionary work, there are still some places that Jim Bob and Michelle won't allow their children to visit. When daughter Jinger explained that she wanted to move to a big city, Michelle shut that idea down exclaiming, "New York City is way above what we would ever consider a city where she should move!"
Daughter Jessa stirred up the pot on social media when she made some shocking comments comparing the Holocaust to abortion. After paying a visit to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., she shared a photo on Instagram with the caption “The sanctity of human life varies not in sickness or health, poverty or wealth, elderly or pre-born, little or lots of melanin [making you darker or lighter skinned] or any other factor.”