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

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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 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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Michelle Duggar’s Parenting Methods: Is She Messing Up Her Grandkids?

The Duggar children are nothing if not loyal.

Sure, Jinger decided to wear pants in violation of the family dress code, and some of her sisters have followed suit.

And yes, Josiah is rebelling against certain aspects of his father’s teachings, but at the end of the day, these are very minor acts of defiance.

For the most part, Michelle and Jim Bob’s offspring do as their told and dedicate themselves to preserving their family’s proudest traditions.

Unfortunately, as many have pointed out, by following in the footsteps of their elders, Jill, Jessa and company might be doing irreparable harm to their own children.

Here are some of the unsettling trends that fans have noticed in recent years:

1. Mama Michelle

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For some, Michelle Duggar is a parenting role model. After all, it’s a major challenge to not only raise 19 children, but to also over-parent them to the brink of insanity.

2. Stuck In Her Ways

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Unfortunately, some of Michelle’s favorite techniques haven’t aged well. In fact, some have described them as downright abusive.

3. The Next Generation

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At this point, four of Michelle’s daughters are moms themselves, and they beam with pride when discussing how much they’ve learned about parenting from their mother.

4. Passing the Buck

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There’s an irony in this, as Michelle is famous for handing off her parenting responsibilities to her eldest children (most commonly poor, put-upon Jana), but we digress.

5. Mom of the Millennium

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Though they admit to resenting the amount of responsibility they were often burdened with during childhood, the Duggar kids concur that Michelle is the world’s greatest mom … Of course, that opinion doesn’t mean much coming from Josh.

6. Mixed Results

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Now that they’re able to implement the tips and tricks they learned from Michelle, some of the Duggar kids are finding that their mom’s methods might belong in the past …

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Jim Bob Duggar: Ladies, Here’s How to Keep Your Husband Happy

For most people, Jim Bob Duggar is up there with O.J. Simpson on the list of people who are least qualified to dole out relationship advice.

But some folks look at old JBD as a romantic role model.

After all, if your goal is to sire a small army and then make a bunch of weirdly strict rules governing how they’re allowed to use their own genitals, the Duggar patriarch is your man.

Jim Bob and Michelle celebrated another wedding anniversary this week, and they decided to flip the script by giving a gift to fans in the form of preachy marital advice.

So put on your tapered jeans or your floor-length skirt and allow Jim Bob to school you in the ways of romance:

1. Laying Down the Law

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Jim Bob began his latest sermon by listing the seven things that every man needs from his wife. Somehow, “crimped fright-wig hair” didn’t make the list.

2. A man needs a wife who is loyal and supportive

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We guess this one is self-explanatory. Unfortunately, Jim Bob never taught his sons the importance of being loyal and supportive, right, Josh Duggar?

3. A man needs a wife who honors his leadership

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As for this one … well, it’s anyone’s guess what the hell this means. All we know is that it sounds super cult-y, and the Duggars love them a good cult mentality.

4. A man needs a wife who develops inward and outward beauty.

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We suppose this one was inevitable. Ladies, Jim Bob wants you to stay hot for your man. And remember, there’s no plastic surgery for inner beauty.

5. A man needs a wife who will make appeals, not demands.

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As in, she appeals to you to stop issuing so many freakin’ demands. Like there aren’t enough rules for the Duggars to follow already.

6. A man needs a wife who understands his need for time alone with God

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“God” is a versatile term here. It can mean the monotheistic deity of the Abrahamic religions, or the stack of Playboys you keep in the shed.

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