The Duggars’ TLC reality show began as “17 Kids and Counting” before quickly evolving into “19 Kids and Counting” as the family grew. Cousin Amy Duggar often comes for a visit during certain episodes. She was two years older than her cousins and was the only child of Diana Duggar, sister of Jim Bob Duggar. According to Us Weekly, Cousin Amy is often considered a rebel against the family because she wore jeans and spoke her mind a lot.
Meanwhile, the Duggar daughters were raised to wear only long skirts and dresses, and were submissive to their parents. In addition to disagreeing with her extended family’s strict standards of modesty, Amy also fell behind her uncle’s conservative rules on dating and courtship. During an interview from an early episode of the show, Amy expressed her disapproval of the idea of being chaperoned on dates, quipped, “I’d probably ditch my chaperone.”
The candid Duggar went on to say, “You don’t want me to be [your kids’] accompanying facilities. I’d pretty much let them do anything.” There have been several times Amy has broken the Duggar family’s strict rules over the years, but they’ve always shown affection and acceptance of her despite these differences in lifestyle. However, even amidst her genuine attempts to stick to their morals, Amy was surprised at their levels of organization.
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