Parents have all sorts of boundaries when it comes to keeping their children under control and the Duggars are no exception, but one rule, known as the blanket rule, is rather controversial, causing many eyebrows to be raised. To condition their kids into behaving, Michelle will lay down a blanket, on which the child must stay.
If even a finger exists on the blanket’s borders, they’re in for a spanking. No, this isn’t a joke. She’ll actually go smack them with a ruler.
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!
Only Baptists Please
Like other reality TV shows about families with unambiguous storylines, drama usually ensues in many shapes and sizes, but with the Duggar clan, it mostly centers around their beliefs and convictions.
One of their main concerns is who their children will marry and seeing that they're devout Baptists, it only makes sense that their children also marry adherents to the Baptist faith.
The Duggar brood is very strict regarding their rules and beliefs, even prioritizing those beliefs before their personal relationships. This can make it difficult when dealing with those who have shed the puritanical shackles of their childhood and decided to do things a little differently.
Because of this, Jill Duggar has had a tense relationship with the rest of the family, after her hubby posted some unsavory tweets, forcing the couple to leave the show.
A Quiverfull of Control
The Quiverfull Movement is a Christian off-shoot that is being spread through homeschooling networks and has some pretty conservative beliefs. Quiverfull follows your standard radical evangelical principles—every word of the Bible is taken literally, including patriarchal ideas about “family values” where women must obey men's orders, and everything secular is alternately despised.
It sure sounds a lot like the Duggars to us, but while the Duggars share many beliefs with the movement they don't self-identify with the group.