The Duggar Sons: Why Can’t Any of Them Find Jobs?!

We’ve spoken at length about a strange phenomenon happening within the Duggar family these days.

It seems that several of Jim Bob’s children have failed to succeed as adults, despite being born into remarkable affluence and an environment that strongly encourages the acquisition of wealth.

Some say the Duggars have been spoiled by reality TV stardom.

Others claim the Duggars’ homeschooling left them unprepared to be competitive in the real world.

Whatever the case, several of Jim Bob and Michelle’s adult children are struggling to get by.

The good news is, they don’t have to worry about losing their jobs due to the coronavirus recession, as none of them have jobs to lose.

The bad news is … well, pretty much everything else about their lives.

Here’s a look at how Jim Bobs offspring are currently earning their daily bread:

1. The Lost Generation

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The children of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar have struggled mightily in their adult lives. The Duggars pride themselves on their work ethic, but some of them are barely working … and barely getting by.

2. The Family Business

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Obviously, the next generation of Duggars is at least partially supported by earnings from the family’s reality show, but that might not amount to quite as much cash as you would think.

3. War of Words

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The ongoing feud between Jim Bob Duggar and Derick Dillard has offered several illuminating insights into how the family operates behind the scenes, many of them having to do with finances.

4. Bombshell

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Derick claims that Jim Bob keeps the money that TLC pays his kids, and doles it out to them only as needed.

5. Daily Degradation

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So essentially, Jim Bob’s adult children are grownups who still receive an allowance. No wonder so many of them are said to be unhappy with their current situation.

6. Dad and CEO

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Of course, it’s important to note that Jim Bob offers his kids more than just a cash allowance. He also permits the men in the family to take part in his other business ventures.

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Duggar Courtship Rules: Do ANY of Jim Bob’s Kids Actually Follow Them?

For a family that’s famous for its dedication to reproduction, the Duggars have very strict rules about male-female relations.

The Duggars first caught the attention of TV producers who were drawn to the spectacle of this nice, young-ish couple.

Lots of those out there, sure. But Jim Bob and Michelle had 14 kids, more on the way, and no plans for how to … anything.

Yet they made it work, and while their lifestyle was clearly very different than most of us can relate to, it became a big hit.

Faith, family and frugality were the central tenets of Jim Bob and company, and soon enough, an empire was growing.

But as time went on, more Duggars entered the world, and their show became more popular, more eyebrows were raised.

Viewers and producers alike realized that the Duggars’ belief system was even more unusual than the sheer size of the clan.

Jim Bob and Michelle are downright obsessed with rules, and the Duggar courtship guidelines are the strictest of them all.

But as you’re about to find out, they’re also the toughest to enforce. Especially nowadays as the young ones grow up.

Keep reading for a complete breakdown of how each Duggar duo responded to the stringent edicts governing their sex lives.

[UPDATE: Some recent developments — including a shocking accusation of infidelity —  have led to increased scrutiny of the Duggars’ bizarre courtship rules. Read on for more information.]

1. Falling In Line?

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Of all the strange customs practiced by the Duggar clan, the courtship rules are among the most bizarre. They’re also among the most controversial, even within the family.

2. Starting Early

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The courtship rules have been a part of life in Jim Bob and Michelle’s brood from the very beginning. And the kids are introduced to them at a very young age.

3. Sneaker Heads

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The conditioning starts long before Duggar kids reach dating age. One commonly cited example of this is the practice of shouting, “Nike!” when a “provocatively-dressed” woman is spotted in public. This is done as a sign for the boys to avert their eyes by looking at their shoes.

4. We Kid You Not

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Yes, believe it or not, Jim Bob and Michelle are that creepy, and that obsessed with the urges of their adolescent children.

5. The Goal

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Of course, they think this is the best way of curtailing their kids’ desires and preventing them from becoming overly-obsessed with sex.

6. The Reality

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However, experience has taught them that that’s not the case, as their eldest son, Josh, grew up to be a sexual predator.

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Where Do the Duggars Live? A Surprising Tour of Their Sick Homes

Where do the Duggars live? For many fans of the famous and controversial family, the Duggar homestead is a familiar sight.

Jim Bob and Michelle built a 7,000-square foot Arkansas pad with the proceeds from their first TLC specials way back in the day.

Thirteen years and three more kids later, the house serves as the setting for two reality shows – and very large family gatherings. 

Of course, 13 years is a long time and much of the younger Duggar generation has grown up and moved into homes of their own.

Some of the adult Duggars are just starting out – while some are already living the good life on some very enviable property.

Others … well, not so much. Sit tight, we’ll get to that shortly.

The folks at celebrity gossip magazine In Touch took a look at all of the Duggar homes, and you might be surprised by what they found.

So where do the Duggars live? Take a look:

1. The Compound

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Every Counting On fan is familiar with the massive Tontitown property known as the Duggar compound. But these days, several of Jim Bob and Michelle’s kids have left the nest to establish homes of their own.

2. The Beginning …

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The Duggars’ story begins here, in this much more modest home in nearby Springdale, Arkansas. Not the kind of place in which you would want to raise 19 kids.

3. A Humble Start

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When the Duggars made their TV debut on Discovery Health, the network helped them with construction costs for their new home in Tontitown. Execs also filled up the family’s pantry, something Jim Bob and Michelle had difficulty doing in those days.

4. The Living Room

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The Duggars love the great outdoors (especially their big backyard) but when they’re inside the compound, this sprawling living room — with its sky-high ceilings — serves as the site of more Counting On scenes than any other.

5. The Master Bedroom

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And this — as they used to say on MTV’s Cribs — is where the magic happens. Jim Bob and Michelle’s bedroom has been the site of an awful lot of baby-making.

6. The Master Bath

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And this is the bathroom off of Jim Bob and Michelle’s room. We’re guessing this was roughly the size of the living room in their first house.

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Jinger Duggar: Getting Her Very Own TLC Spin-Off?

Fans love watching Jinger Duggar’s pregnancy progress on social media, but seeing her and Jeremy on Counting On is a real highlight.

Some fans are clamoring for Jinger to get her very own spin-off. Others fear that Jim Bob would never let it happen.

Counting On has shown us how far Jinger has come in the world since coming to L.A.

She went shopping with Jana, and ended up spending $300 on something as “worldly” as a blazer.

That is a normal amount in the real world. On society’s fringes, where the Duggars dwell, it’s virtually anathema.

Seeing how different Jinger’s life is from Jim Bob and the IBLP cult’s vision has viewers thinking.

What if TLC focused on Jeremy and Jinger’s journey?

That would be especially interesting, since they have little Felicity and another on the way.

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“I think you should just do a series on Jeremy and [Jinger]!” suggests one fan.

“I am 100 percent in,” the fan tweets. “I really don’t care about the other [Duggars]!”

This sentiment has been echoed by numerous fans across social media.

Counting On viewers have already watched Jinger and Jeremy make the journey to Los Angeles.

They traveled to their new digs under bittersweet circumstances — following the funeral of Jinger’s grandmother, Mary Duggar.

On the way, they stopped in Vegas, where Jeremy jumped off of the Stratosphere.

It is only natural that fans want to see more of Jinger and Jeremy’s life.

Jeremy is also a diehard Christian — he’s a pastor. He spent years being homeschooled, he is conservative. By normal standards, he’s a little out there.

But by Duggar standards, these two are a breath of fresh air, and viewers would like to see more of their lives.

As fans have correctly observed, Jeremy and Jinger’s way of life cuts through some of the controlling toxicity of the Duggar brand.

Jeremy has stated for years that he does not believe that women avoiding wearing pants plays any role in their salvation.

Additionally, fans have noted that Jinger and Jeremy don’t derive their sense of self-worth or faithfulness from how many children they have.

And, at the same time, they are having children — something that Duggar fans would like to see just the same.

Let’s be real — unless you’re an anthropologist studying cults, if you watch Counting On, you have at least some interest in the babies being “counted.”

Jinger is having kids. She’s just also a person, so she’s having them when she and Jeremy are ready.

Jinger and Jeremy are living in a nice house in Los Angeles and raising their growing family.

That in and of itself is a premise for a reality show.

Adding in Jinger’s various relatives and the fact that viewers are so familiar with her backstory, and a spinoff makes a lot of sense.

One of the best things that such a spinoff would have would be something that Counting On currently lacks: the absence of Jim Bob and Michelle.

19 Kids and Counting was rightfully canceled after Josh Duggar’s molestation scandal revealed that Jim Bob had covered up his son’s sex crimes.

But TLC wanted to keep milking Duggar content for viewers, ratings, and thus ad revenue. Counting On seemed like the perfect answer.

But TLC has been boiling the frog, as they say, sneaking Jim Bob and Michelle onto the show more and more.

This is because the outrage over Josh has died down. TLC will clearly do whatever they can get away with that won’t risk a boycott or advertisers pulling out.

A Jinger spinoff would give viewers a way to get Duggar content on their screens without Jim Bob and Michelle tainting the show with thier presence.

That said, some say that Jeremy and his views — some of which are downright shameful — make him not much better.

They also point out that if people want to watch a young couple live in a nice house in a major city, they already have some options.

If Jinger were a little older and in a different neighborhood, she could be trying out for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

Another big obstacle? Jim Bob might not want any of his kids appearing on reality TV if he can’t fleece their paychecks for himself.

It’s not surprising that a despicable tyrant who uses money to control his adult children wouldn’t want anyone getting too financially independent.

But there may come a time when Jinger and Jeremy won’t have to consult with him or any other cultist before making major decisions.