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
3. The Mystery Deepens
4. Still Rebelling
5. What Courtship Rules?
6. Four Can Play at That Game!
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
2. The Fallen Idol
3. The Stubborn Ones
4. Full Quivers
5. A Dangerous Proposition
6. Pearls Before Swine
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
2. Stuck In Her Ways
3. The Next Generation
4. Passing the Buck
5. Mom of the Millennium
6. Mixed Results
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: