19 Truly Insane Things BANNED By the Duggar Family

The Duggar family's unusual dating rules have been well documented, and have been well before the family was embroiled in scandals.

It was an abrupt and stunning fall from grace when Josh Duggar's child molestation history – and rampant adultery – was first exposed.

Yet, despite his hypocrisy, and the fact that everything about them has been under more scrutiny, the Duggars weathered the storm.

TLC axed 19 Kids & Counting, only to come back with Counting On, and you can count on them never backing down from their beliefs.

When it comes to their core convictions, they stand firm.

Their belief system certainly takes a certain kind of conviction in order to practice, too, since their list of rules for love and life is not short.

Despite talk of Joy-Anna Duggar breaking courtship rules, and signs of hope like Jinger wearing shorts, these guidelines ain't no joke.

Here are 19 things the Duggars specifically do not allow …

1. Dates Without Chaperones

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The Duggar parents often accompany their kids on dates in order to maintain “accountability” and “keep things from going in the wrong direction,” per Jim Bob. The girls are fine with this, as being alone with men puts them in grave “moral danger.” When the parents aren’t available, their older siblings will often tag along, making every date a group date and a family affair.

2. Non-Group Texts

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Even in the kids’ late teens and early 20s, mom and dad are creeping on their text messages. When Ben Seewald jokingly wrote to fiancee Jessa, “Give me a ring,” Jim Bob actually jumped in on the group text, writing “No ring yet.” With a smiley face emoticon. Seriously, he did that. Whatever you think of him, Jim Bob needs his own Instagram so he can start posting screen shots of this stuff.

3. Hugs on the Chest

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This moment you see here between Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard would not have been permitted until the couple was married. Side hugs are the preferred method of PDA in order to prevent any further temptation or “hanky panky,” as has been well documented on 19 Kids and Counting. The Duggars love their side hugs so hard … though not too too hard, lest they lead to full-frontal hugging. And any touching beyond that? Save it for your wedding night.

4. Alcohol

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This is probably an obvious one if you know anything about the Duggars. The family does not smoke or drink. They do, however, enjoy the occasional sugary dessert or getting high on life and love.

5. Romance Novels

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Safe to say the Duggars are in the minority, having not read Fifty Shades of Grey (the movie adaptation of which they won’t be seeing either, we’re guessing). The Bible warns not to “think about gratifying the pleasure of the flesh,” so instead the family studies Christian text and not E.L. James’ erotic fiction. The Duggars’ option is probably 1,000 times better-written, we will give them that much.

6. Modern Music and/or Dancing

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Avert your eyes, Michelle Duggar! The family matriarch feels that dancing encourages “sensual” feelings, while Jessa Duggar has said that she feels modern music promotes “sex, drugs, all that type of stuff.” Instead, the family chooses to play gospel music together.

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Ryan Edwards: Banned From Seeing Son Due to Drug Use?!

Back in June, Ryan Edwards checked into rehab immediately after he married Mackenzie Standifer.

Ryan had passed out while driving to the wedding, and the shocking scene was captured by Teen Mom 2 cameras.

These days, Ryan is reportedly clean and sober.

But that doesn't mean he's regained the trust of his baby mama, Maci Bookout…


1. Ryan at Rock Bottom

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Ryan’s addiction to heroin and prescription painkillers nearly cost him his life earlier this year. His shocking descent into addiction was documented on Teen Mom 2.

2. A Sad Ceremony

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Viewers were stunned when Ryan lost consciousness while driving to his own wedding. Immediately after saying “I do,” Edwards checked into a rehab facility,

3. Custody Crisis

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These days, Ryan is clean and sober, but it seems he’s having a hard time regaining the trust of his son’s mother. Maci Bookout is reportedly very wary about leaving 8-year-old Bentley alone with his father.

4. Visitation Woes

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A recent episode of Teen Mom 2 showed Maci bringing Bentley to Ryan’s parents’ house for Father’s Day, to say the visit did not go smoothly would be a massive understatement.

5. See You In Court!

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That’s the threat Ryan made when Maci left his parents’ house and brought Bentley along. It seems the situation is likely to get uglier before it gets better.

6. Ryan’s Frustration

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Those closest to the situation say Ryan is incredibly frustrated, not only because he barely sees his son, but also because Maci is wildly inconsistent with regard to the visitation schedule.

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Ryan Edwards: Banned from Seeing Son Until He Passes Drug Test!

We all know that Ryan Edwards has had his fair share of issues.

Drug issues, douchebag issues … it's always been something with this guy.

But earlier this year, things came to a head when Maci Bookout discovered the extent of his drug problem. She began taking steps to help him, and to protect their son, Bentley.

And that last part, the thing about protecting Bentley?

That's the thing we're going to be discussing today …

1. Borderline Deadbeat

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First, let’s get this sad fact out of the way: Ryan has never been a great father to Bentley. From refusing to spend a few dollars for a cake mix on his first birthday to consistently being late or absent for most major events, Bentley has just never seemed like a priority for Ryan.

2. Poor Bentley

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Sure, Ryan sees the kid, but it’s mostly because his own parents, Jen and Larry, are very active grandparents. If it weren’t for them, many Teen Mom OG fans feel like he wouldn’t be involved in Bentley’s life at all.


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We don’t know exactly when Ryan began experimenting with drugs, but we do know that he went to rehab for the first time in 2012, when Bentley was just four years old. That information was revealed by Ryan’s ex-girlfriend, Dalis Connell, and she didn’t sound too confident about how seriously he took treatment back then. So there’s a possibility he’s been on drugs for years now.

4. Downward Spiral

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Sometime last year, though, his drug use became heartbreakingly obvious to Teen Mom viewers. In many scenes, his eyes appeared to be bugging out of his head, and we began hearing about some strange behavior of his. Remember all his “trips to the bank” that would have him gone from home for hours?

5. The Truth Comes Out

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His drug use wasn’t confirmed until last season, when Maci went on a trip to Puerto Rico with Amber and Catelynn. She opened up to them about how concerned she was for Ryan, and Amber told her that it’d been clear to her that he’d been high on the show for a while. Same, Amber.

6. Scarier and Scarier

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But the big confirmation happened when Ryan and Mackenzie got married — specifically on their ride over to the parking lot where the wedding took place.

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OJ Simpson Rails at Getting Banned from Cosmopolitan Hotel … ‘Nothing Happened!’

OJ Simpson is livid over reports — presumably ours — that he was banned from the Cosmopolitan hotel in Vegas for life after getting drunk at a bar and being belligerent to hotel staff. Simpson is challenging the story we broke … that he was at…