Jill Duggar Defies Jim Bob’s Rules, Has Secular "Movie Date" With Sons

One of the nice things that we can say about Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard is that they break Jim Bob’s rules.

Now, Jill is letting her sons watch a Christmas movie that’s about as secular as you can get while, you know, being about Christmas.

She’s having the “date night” with her sons while Derick is off studying for finals.

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In a video that Jill Duggar shared with her fans, she has a “date night” with her boys.

“Getting ready to make some popcorn, yay!” Jill says in an attempt to drum up enthusiasm.

Neither Israel or Sam seep especially jazzed during the video.

They have pretty good excuses, though.

Israel apparently just awoke from a nap, so he seems a little out of it.

And Samuel is, um, a literal baby, just rolling around on the kitchen floor one a onesie. Like babies do.

Samuel dillard in a onesie on the floor

Once Jill announces that they’ll be watching “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” Israel seems interested.

In fact, he sounds downright impatient for the film to begin.

(Remember, children perceive time differently than adults do — a few minutes can stretch on for them but pass in the blink of an eye for us)

Jill tells him that they’ll make popcorn first.

Samuel seems pretty indifferent to all of it. But, again, he’s just a baby.

Israel dillard on youtube

Derick is not present in the video.

Jill explains that he is at a coffee shop studying for his exams.

Derick, as you may recall, is now a law student.

In addition to concerns about him possibly using his degree to become the opposite of a civil right’s attorney, fans note that this leaves Jill to parent alone for hours on end.

But hey, at least this way he’ll have a real job and he and Jill won’t need to beg fans for donations.

Jill and derick selfie

What was particularly interesting about this is Jill’s choice in a movie for her boys.

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” is a CGI film named after the classic song by the same name.

According to Wikipedia, the premise is: “Young Mariah desperately wants a puppy for Christmas but her parents are not convinced that she should have one.”

The plot continues: “They agree to let Mariah dog-sit the puppy Jack and if she can take care of Jack then she can have a dog of her very own.”

None of that has anything directly to do with Jesus.

As we said, it’s about as secular as a movie about Christmas can be.

Jill loves derick

This flies in the face of Jim Bob’s mandate that his family not consume secular entertainment.

And, honestly, it’s a relief to a lot of fans who hope that the Duggar grandchildren will have a shot at a normal life.

Their parents never had a chance, but maybe they will — even if notorious transphobe Derick Dillard is their dad.

This isn’t the first time that Israel and Sam have gotten to enjoy something that wasn’t “on message.”

Jill and Derick have also allowed their chlldren to watch the popular cartoon, Peppa Pig.

Derick dillard and jill duggar on tlc

Notably, Peppa has been controversial even in the secular world.

In Australia, an episode was pulled because the spider-friendly message that was important in the US and UK could be dangerous for Aussie children.

And China has banned certain videos of Peppa Pig on the grounds that the show’s imagery has been co-opted as a “gangster” symbol.

Still, the show is popular because it’s mostly wonderful for very young children to watch.

It’s great to see that Jill and Derick are opening up their kids to new experiences.

Having faith can be wonderful, but it is not a betrayal to enjoy media that is unrelated.

We will say that it’s kind of funny to watch people watching Christmas movies when it’s not even Thanksgiving yet.

Perhaps a lack of entertaining children’s movies about Thanksgiving is to blame.

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Duggar Kids: Who’s the Biggest Rebel Against Jim Bob’s Ridiculous Rules?

When the Duggars rose to fame in the early 2000s, audiences were drawn to their reality shows primarily because Jim Bob and Michelle had already sired a massive brood, and they seemed to have no plans to put the breeding on hold anytime soon.

As time went on, however, viewers realized that their fertility was not the most unusual thing about the Duggars.

Instead, it was the family’s bonkers belief system that made for such compelling viewing.

From courtship rules to insanely strict dress codes, the Duggars controlled every aspect of their kids’ lives, and it was only a matter of time before said offspring started to rebel.

Take a look:

1. Josiah Can’t Be Tamed

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First, there’s Josiah Duggar. Sure, he recently settled down and got married, but we’re guessing his days as the main cause of Jim Bob’s migraines are far from over.

2. Heartbreaker

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Josiah is unique among his siblings in that he was involved in a different courtship BEFORE he met his wife.

3. The Mystery Deepens

Josiah duggar and marjorie jackson
There’s still no word on what caused Josiah and Marjorie to call off their courtship — a move that’s almost unprecedented in Duggar Land. Scandalous!

4. Still Rebelling

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After his relationship with Marjorie ended, Josiah continued to maintain an Instagram account in direct defiance of his parents’ rules.

5. What Courtship Rules?

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He and Lauren Swanson also held hands, front-hugged and went on un-chaperoned dates before they were married. Someone arrest this man!

6. Four Can Play at That Game!

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But no one tossed the courtship rules right out the window quite like John David Duggar and his fiance Abbie Burnett.

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The Duggar Family Is Worth a TON of Money … And Here’s How They Earned It

It should come as no surprise that the Duggar family is worth a lot of money.

But what many fans may not realize is that not all of the Duggar fortune comes from their reality TV empire.

After all, television audiences are fickle, and future success can be hard to predict.

Jim Bob is well aware of this, and since it’s part of his belief system that God favors the wealthy, the Duggar patriarch is doing everything he can to stay in his creator’s good graces by keeping his pockets fat — by whatever means necessary:

1. The Counting On Clan

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The Duggars’ reality show remains a popular fixture on the TLC schedule.

2. Looking to the Future

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But those profits need to be divided many different ways, and the family has been in the business long enough to know current success is no guarantee of future success.

3. Living Large

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The Duggars certainly aren’t struggling. Despite having many, many mouths to feed, Jim Bob and Michelle own several properties in Arkansas, including the 7,000-foot “compound” in which they reside.

4. The Plane Truth

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The Duggars have also purchased two private aircraft. JB and Michelle’s son John David is a licensed pilot.

5. Jim Bob Moneybags

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All told, Jim Bob is estimated to be worth roughly $3.5 million.

6. Always Hustling

Michelle duggar and jim bob duggar
A sizable chunk of change, but when you consider the size of his brood (now up to 20 with recent adoptee Tyler), it’s easy to see why the pious patriarch isn’t resting easy …

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The Duggar Family Is Worth a TON of Money … And Here’s How They Earned It

It should come as no surprise that the Duggar family is worth a lot of money.

But what many fans may not realize is that not all of the Duggar fortune comes from their reality TV empire.

After all, television audiences are fickle, and future success can be hard to predict.

Jim Bob is well aware of this, and since it’s part of his belief system that God favors the wealthy, the Duggar patriarch is doing everything he can to stay in his creator’s good graces by keeping his pockets fat — by whatever means necessary:

1. The Counting On Clan

The duggar family a photo
The Duggars’ reality show remains a popular fixture on the TLC schedule.

2. Looking to the Future

Jim bob and johannah
But those profits need to be divided many different ways, and the family has been in the business long enough to know current success is no guarantee of future success.

3. Living Large

All the duggars almost
The Duggars certainly aren’t struggling. Despite having many, many mouths to feed, Jim Bob and Michelle own several properties in Arkansas, including the 7,000-foot “compound” in which they reside.

4. The Plane Truth

John david duggar flies with abbie burnett
The Duggars have also purchased two private aircraft. JB and Michelle’s son John David is a licensed pilot.

5. Jim Bob Moneybags

Jim bob duggar and michelle duggar picture
All told, Jim Bob is estimated to be worth roughly $3.5 million.

6. Always Hustling

Michelle duggar and jim bob duggar
A sizable chunk of change, but when you consider the size of his brood (now up to 20 with recent adoptee Tyler), it’s easy to see why the pious patriarch isn’t resting easy …

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The Duggars: Abusing Their Children With Controversial "Pearl" Method?

Whether you’re a fan of Counting On or you simply watch the Duggars from a safe distance out of morbid curiosity, you’re probably aware that the family’s child-rearing methods have been a frequent source of controversy.

Practices such as “blanket training” and other forms of systematic abuse have led to calls for boycotts and even demands for a full CPS investigation.

But the Duggars have refused to shy away or even issue a public apology.

And now, according to a new report from In Touch Weekly, it looks as though Jim Bob and Michelle’s grown children might be practicing the same techniques that were used to quite literally whip them into shape in their own youth.

And fans are terrified that the continued practice of these methods will eventually result in tragedy …

1. The Originators

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Jim Bob and Michelle have strict views on child-rearing and family hierarchies that were formed in part by their involvement with Bill Gothard’s Institute for Basic Life Principles.

2. The Fallen Idol

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Gothard is a disgraced former minister who was drummed out his own organization after being accused of abuse and sexual assault by dozens of employees.

3. The Stubborn Ones

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Despite the scandal, Jim Bob and Michelle have remained true to Gothard’s teachings, including two beliefs that have attracted a considerable amount of criticism in recent years.

4. Full Quivers

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Gothard is the originator of the Quiverfull Movement, which holds that women are put on this planet for the sole purpose of birthing as many children as possible.

5. A Dangerous Proposition

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According to Gothard’s teachings, women are to continue having children well into middle-age, regardless of threats to their health or their babies’.

6. Pearls Before Swine

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It was also Gothard who directed Jim Bob and Michelle to the controversial teachings of self-proclaimed child-rearing experts Debi and Michael Pearl.

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