Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard Bribed Jill’s Siblings With Candy to Chaperone Their Dates When Courting

Those who follow the Duggars are well-aware of their courtship rituals. Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar raised their 19 kids in a Christian fundamentalist household, and instead of traditional dating, they allowed their older kids to only date with the purpose of marriage in mind. Thanks to shows like 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On, fans have been able to watch the courtships unfold — and most do end with a huge Duggar wedding.

There are quite a few controversial components to courtships, too. The Duggars must be chaperoned while going on dates to ensure nothing inappropriate happens. And it seems Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard even bribed the Duggar siblings with candy to be their chaperones.

The Duggars require chaperones when going on dates during courtships

The Duggar dating rules are well known amongst fans. And it’s true that any of the Duggar sons or daughters who are courting must have a chaperone with them for every date. While Jim Bob and Michelle are occasionally the ones who watch over the dates, that’s not always the case either. Sometimes, it’s family friends or younger Duggar siblings who chaperone.

“There are a lot of things you can learn from not pairing off alone,” Michelle explained to Today. “Before you get emotionally attached, you want to know who they are deep inside. That’s easier when you have more eyes looking out for you.”

Michelle also wrote on the Duggar Family blog that only Duggar kids who are above the age of 10 can chaperone. “The chaperones then have clear guidelines for what is acceptable and what’s not,” she added. “They’re the accountability. What that means is they’re allowed to say, ‘Hey, are you supposed to be doing that?'”

Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard just celebrated their anniversary

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While chaperoning dates may not be everyone’s picture-perfect idea of dating, it seems to have worked for quite a few of the Duggars so far. Jill and Derick appear quite happy together, and they recently celebrated their anniversary.

“Happy Anniversary my love @derickdillard,” Jill captioned her Instagram post on June 21. “These last 6 years have been quite the ride but I’m so grateful to have you always by my side.” She then described what their anniversary date was like, and it included a delicious dinner, chocolates, and frozen custard.

Jill and Derick are notoriously on the outs with the rest of the Duggars, so Jill’s post didn’t get a ton of attention from her siblings. But Jana Duggar, Jill’s older sister, did comment, “Happy Anniversary!” And the Duggar Family Instagram acknowledged the anniversary on their Instagram Story.

Jill and Derick reportedly bribed Jill’s siblings with candy to chaperone

Jill Duggar Dillard (L) and husband Derick Dillard visit 'Extra'
Jill Duggar Dillard (L) and husband Derick Dillard visit ‘Extra’ | D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra

Michelle mentioned some aspects of Jill and Derick’s relationship back when they were just courting on the Duggar Family blog. “With Derick and Jill, they wrote out their courting rules at the beginning of their official courtship,” Michelle wrote. “These were their commitments to each other. After they agreed on them, they shared with their chaperones and family members so that they would know what they want to be held accountable for.”

What Michelle didn’t mention was the candy bribery. Jessa Duggar’s husband, Ben Seewald, told People that Jill and Derick were bribing the younger Duggars with Skittles to get them to chaperone dates. “Jessa and I found out that Jill and Derick were bribing the younger Duggar kids with Skittles payment to be chaperones for them,” he told the publication. “We had no idea that’s why they had such an easier time of getting chaperones.”

Derick also talked about the Skittles in the past. “We have a large pool of chaperones,” he said. “You have to come in armed with good jokes and I usually have Skittles as well.”

Are any of the Duggars still using candy to bribe for chaperones? We’re not sure — but it seems Jim Bob and Michelle don’t have too much of a problem with it.

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