9 Strict Duggar Rules for Raising Teenagers

I have to fess up: I am kind of in awe of the Duggars. Jill (Duggar) Dillard and Jessa Duggar revealed the list of rules for teenagers growing up in Duggarland to Us Weekly. And they're hella strict ... even for the Duggars.

How do Jim Bob and Michelle manage to keep track of several teens (not to mention the rest of the classroom of kids)? And, once they're all accounted for, how do they get them to follow hormone bashing rules, do their chores, take care of their siblings, and not sneak a beer or two? All while giving each other googly eyes and having tons of sex? (I am going on record: Jim Bob is a stud.) How is this possible?

I can't get one kid to listen to anything I say. Obviously, I am in need of some kind of Duggar intervention.

Anyway, let's get to the list of dos and don'ts in Dugglarland, shall we? Once you read them, you may give the Duggars props, too.


Parents Are Copied on Texts: OMG. Most teenagers' phones are password protected. Parents are strictly on a need-to-know basis. But the Duggar teenagers have to copy their parents on all texts ... even into their 20s.  

Dates Are Chaperoned: There's no such thing as being the third wheel in Duggarland. Parents accompany their kids on dates to keep them in line. No hanky panky when Jim Bob's around.

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No Chest-to-Chest Contact Until Wedding Day: "Side hugs" are allowed to show affection ... but none of those awesome hugs where one might get a little thrill from the feel of squished boobs are permitted.

Romance Novels Are Forbidden: No dog-eared copies of Forever or Fifty Shades of Grey! The Bible warns not to "think about gratifying the pleasure of the flesh," so titillating reads are banned.

Don't Drink Alcohol: The Duggars are drunk on life and religion ... nothing more.

No Shaking of the Booty: Dancing encourages "sensual" feelings, according to Michelle. If you haven't gotten the Duggar vibe yet, anything remotely sexual is a definite don't.

Ignore Halloween: No trick-or-treating when you grow up Duggar. They think Halloween is rooted in evil.

The Beach Is Forbidden: It's not the swimsuits that are the problem ... it's the boys on the beach checking out their daughters. Since they can't control their longing glances, the Duggar girls don't feel the sand between their toes.

After Marriage, Have Lots and Lots of Sex: "Anyone can fix him lunch, but only one person can meet that physical need of love," said Michelle. "You always need to be available when he calls." And you need to be ready to see a positive pregnancy test.

What do you think of the Duggar rules?

Image via Jessa Duggar/Instagram

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