Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, the patriarch and matriarch of the 19-children Duggar family, didn’t allow their kids to have premarital sex or make unchaperoned telephone calls before marriage.
But Jessa said she and husband Ben Seewald broke the phone rule, unbeknownst to their strict Christian parents. “We would talk about everything from how our day went, to what we had been learning from our Bible reading, and then just anything else that we wanted to talk about.
“The day Ben and I started courting, we began our tradition of calling each other on the phone every night! These calls were not ‘chaperoned.’ They were private, just between the two of us.” Given their family’s repressive dating rules, it’s not surprising that all of the Duggar kids immediately get pregnant as soon as they marry (since they can’t wait to finally have sex!
) It’s perhaps also not surprising that Jessa’s brother, Josh Duggar, sexually molested five underage girls — including Jessa and three of his sisters — when he was 14 years old.
In 2015, the Duggar family reportedly lost over million on lost book deals, endorsements and speaking engagements stemming from their show’s cancellation.TLC recently threw the Duggars a lifeline when it renewed their spinoff TV show, “Jill and Jessa: Counting On” for a second season. The Duggars are heading to New York City to be featured on NBC's Today Show as part of Mother's Day.However, Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar have a big secret – Michelle is expecting baby #18, and the Duggars are trying to keep the news a secret until they can surprise the other 17 children on national television.Josh brings Anna to Arkansas after the engagement in the last episode.The Duggars explain their beliefs about relationships with the opposite sex, where hand holding is a privilege, chaperones always accompany the couple and (in addition to their opposition to premarital sex) saving your first kiss for your wedding day is a must.The Bates clan, a fellow mega-family from Tennessee (Gil, Kelly and their 16 children, with another on the way), decide to pay the Duggars a visit to their new Arkansas home.The episode centers around the logistical challenges of nearly 40 people in one house, as well as the similarities and differences between the two families.The Duggars explain their ways of thriftiness -- they do not use credit cards, only debit cards or cash; they purchase clothing from second hand stores, groceries from Aldi, grow their own vegetables, use firewood (from trees on their property) to heat their home and even have a recipe to make their own laundry detergent.Each Duggar has his/her own chores (or jurisdictions, as they call them), which are somewhat gender-specific.However, Jim Bob decides that, on this day, the jurisdictions will switch and the boys will do the cooking, laundry and cleaning, while the girls learn the basics about car repairs.