If you know anything about the Duggars, you know that they love rules.
There are the Duggar courtship rules, of course, that are now infamous.
But patriarch and matriarch Jim Bob and Michelle have equally strict guidelines for just about every aspect of their children’s lives.
Long before, and aside from, courtship.
Until they move out on their own (usually only permitted once they’ve married), the Duggar kids are under their parents’ control.
Not just as a figure of speech. Entirely.
From the moment they start their morning chores to the moment they finish their evening prayers, it’s Jim Bob’s show. Period.
If it sounds like a lot of pressure … well, it is.
A newly-revealed list of Duggar house rules sheds more light on exactly what’s expected of Michelle’s massive brood.
And man alive, this is super effed up.
[UPDATE: The moment we’ve been waiting for is finally at hand — the Duggar kids are rebelling against Jim Bob’s strict control! Scroll down for the latest on this exciting situation.]
1. Family Law
There’s nothing Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar love more than rules. And it seems the controversial couple has put together a list of strict regulations by which they expect their children to abide.
2. Shifting Focus
The rules were revealed this week by Focus on the Family, a fundamentalist Christian organization with which the Duggars have long been affiliated.
3. Making the Rounds
The Duggars have a new book out, and it seems that as part of their promotional campaign, they provided Focus on the Family with the following list of 22 rules (and counting!) that help maintain order in one of the world’s most famous fundamentalist households.
4. Soft Words
“1. Always use soft words, even when you don’t feel well.” We’re not sure what’s meant by “soft words,” and unfortunately, the Duggars don’t elaborate. Suffice it to say, probably not a lot of F-bombs being dropped in Jim Bob’s home.
5. Kind Actions
“2. Always display kind actions and joyful attitudes, even if you have been mistreated. Have the right response by quickly forgiving others in your heart even before they ask.” With all these rules for his kids to follow, it’s a good thing Jim Bob is big on forgiveness!
6. Praise Be!
“3. Always be enthusiastic and look for opportunities to praise others’ character.” To their credit, the Duggars are always building each other up.