If you’re blissfully unaware, they are a fundamentalist Christian family from the US. They became famous through a reality show called ’19 kids and counting’ because they have, well, 19 kids and counting.
Jim-Bob and Michelle Duggar don’t believe in contraception, so Michelle has been popping out babies since they married when she was 17 years old.
And now, it’s time for her oldest daughters to take the baby-making reins.
The four oldest girls in the Duggar family, Jana (24), Jill (23), Jessa (22) and Jinger (21), have all reached the age where they need to find a husband and start popping out mini-Duggars of their own.
But how do you find a husband when your beliefs dictate you’re not even allowed to hold hands with a member of the opposite sex until you’re married?
Quite easily apparently. So easy in fact, the Duggar girls have written a book. Yes, given that none of them have ever dated, kissed or even held hands with a man, they’ve decided they’re perfectly placed to write about relationships. That book is Growing up Duggar: It’s All About Relationships.
Now, there are some very complicated rules when it comes to finding a husband the Duggar way, and they all revolve around a process called courting. Duggar dad Jim-Bob explained it in a recent interview.
Apparently, a good girl NEVER dates a guy. She allows herself to be ‘courted’ by him. Basically, a boy calls a girl’s dad (never her mum, only a man can decide) and asks if he can court her. If her dad says yes, that boy then comes over to the girl’s home, and sits in the living room with her and her parents while the two of them talk and pray. Said boy and girl then sit awkwardly in the living room a certain number of times deemed appropriate before getting married.
Obviously the perfect foundation from which to write a book about relationship advice.