First dates are already super-uncomfortable, between sweaty palms and awkward conversations, you don’t really know the other person that well but if you’re a Duggar, you can also expect your mom or dad to tag along and add another element to an already embarrassing experience.
You see, the Duggar parents have made it a rule to join the first date and make sure nobody gets handsy on their dates.
Describing the rules and conventions of a family like the Duggars in today's world with terms such as "conservative" or "modest" seems like an understatement.
But it’s precisely this level of strictness that extends to a family this size that accounts for America's fascination with an otherwise typical family on reality TV.
We're well aware that we must sound like an insufferable stalker that follows around the day-to-day lives of this American family but, one thing we are all thinking is what kind of grocery bill they could be raking up? Seeing as they're feeding a family of 20+ people.
Just looking at the first meal of the day, the Duggars eat roughly 15 boxes of breakfast cereal and 7 gallons of milk in one week! Their final grocery bill tends to fluctuate around the range of $3,000 to $3,500 every month. Now, that is a lot of money and all for groceries!
Married So Young
Things were quite different back in the 80s, it was a time of questionable hairstyles and bulky cameras, oh and apparently people decided to get married a lot younger too.
Jim Bob Duggar was only 19 by the time he wed Michelle who was 17 at this time, basically, she was a teen bride! But considering Arkansas law, the legal age of consent is 17 years old, so it seems there’s no problem there.
Pregnant for 12 years in total
The parental figures on "19 Kids and Counting" strongly disagree with any form of contraception, which is not all surprising since, well, 19 kids and all.
But what is remarkable is that Michelle, the matriarch of the Duggars, has spent 12 years of her life as a pregnant woman, totaling a whopping 144 months!