Here's What The Duggar Kids Aren't Allowed To Do Even After They Turn 21

Some parents might start to relax after their children turn 21, which is the legal age for doing just about anything, but not in the Duggar household. No, even after that all-important birthday, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar continue to rule with an iron fist. And if you think they're only tough on their daughters, you're in for a surprise.

In Touch revealed that even though the Duggars' youngest twins Jeremiah and Jedidiah recently turned 21, they are still bound by the same restrictions that have been set for the entire Duggar clan, no matter the age or sex. While some of the rules are expected, others are downright surprising.

The Duggar boys can't be alone with members of the opposite sex

Strict rules involving interaction with members of the opposite sex means that the newly-minted 21-year-olds still need to abide by the family's rules of engagement when it comes to girls and women. The twins still aren't allowed to be alone with a woman without a chaperone at all times, and In Touch says this rule applies to all women, including their sisters. The Duggar brothers and sisters cannot play hide-and-seek, take care of each other, and even sit in each other's laps.

But as the Duggars tend to marry young, we may hear that one (or both?) boys will be starting courtships soon, which opens up new doors of interaction for them.

There's no drinking or dancing for the Duggars

If you guessed that members of a strict Christian family with conservative values wouldn't be too keen on the idea of seeing two 21-year-olds partying, you'd be right. Even if they are both legal, Jeremiah and Jedediah are still not allowed to drink, and they aren't allowed to dance, either. Of the no-dancing rule, Jill Duggar once said, "I don't think it's necessarily a rule. We don't want to stir up desires, just different things that, um, cannot be ... righteously fulfilled, that cannot be, um, I don't know, so, anyway, our family has chosen not to dance." Awkward.

They aren't allowed to move out of the family home... or are they?

While the Duggar children generally aren't allowed to leave the family home until they are married, an exception appears to have been made for Jedediah, who announced his candidacy for Arkansas state representative (via In Touch). Speculation that Jed moved away from the Duggar "big house" began after the family's home was allegedly raided by Homeland Security Investigations in late 2019. Media outlets turned to interview Jedediah, who said he was "unaware" of the investigation because as he said, "I don't live there, and I am not aware of any investigation" (via People). 

Jed appears to have confirmed he had a new residence on Instagram, when he posted a photo of himself and his extended family, saying, "Having fun with the nieces and nephews!! Since a lot of us don't live at the 'big' house anymore, it's always a blast when we can get together there" (via Instagram).