You know what sounds fun? A date night. But do you know what’s probably not as fun as it might sound? A date night with the
Duggars. And part of that is because you don’t really date the Duggars — you court them. And with courting comes all kinds of conservative rules and chaperones to ruin the fun and make things super awkward. And when you’re finally married and can skip the chaperones and head out to sushi (or Sam’s Club if you’re Derick Dillard and Jill Duggar) by yourselves, well, now you’ve got kids to take care of, so you’d better make sure at least one of your siblings doesn’t have a date night of their own planned. But hey, all those restrictions don’t mean that you can’t still get up to some, uh, interesting activities. Check out the gallery below to see all the fun things you can do on Duggar date night.
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You can do manual labor — for free!
Doesn’t that sound like a blast?
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You can spice up your relationship with a pair of handcuffs.
Just make sure to pair it with an obstacle course plus your parents in their own pair of handcuffs instead of, you know, the bedroom.
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You can share a three-way hug with your date and your dad.
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You can play dress up with your significant other since you weren’t allowed to play dress up with Barbies when you were younger.
It’s about time!
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You can fight with your husband about what he’s allowed to eat.
No fish tonight, dear.
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Or watch your sister fight with her husband about what he’s allowed to eat.
(Be a trouble-maker. Order the fish yourself.)
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You can buy a car.
Heck, buy three cars.
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You can cram a bunch of your brothers into a car with your crush and stare out the window while one of them plays Candy Crush on his phone in the middle seat.
Is it good news or bad news when he beats his high score?
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You can force your brothers to switch spots with you once you and your crush finally admit you actually like each other.
We’re brushing arms now, thanks very much.
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You can joke about your age, subtly implying you’re way too young for such a serious relationship.
“Wow, this car we just bought is older than us! And it probably shouldn’t be ridden, either!”
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You can immortalize on camera your parents’ respective looks of disappointment and resentment in regards to your relationship.
There’s nothing quite like having visual proof.
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You can prank your boo and totally embarrass him in front of his family because he can’t take a joke.
What goes around, comes around, right?
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You can use every bit of your brain power to imagine that your brothers aren’t five feet away when your crush finally asks you to court him.
Because no, they can’t just wait in the car.
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You can write cute notes like “my man” on your man’s cup, only to have your dad read it out loud to the family while wearing a forced smile.
His voice doesn’t sounds at all muffled through those gritted teeth.
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You can watch your parents constantly make out in front of you.
What kid doesn’t want that?
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You can take etiquette lessons.
God knows you need them.
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You can hold your arms super, super tight by your sides so that you don’t do any accidental touching.
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You can hit up the movies with your fiancée and younger twin siblings.
Hope you brought your tissues, because we’re seeing a sad Christian movie. The good news, though, is that it’s not appropriate for kids under age 17 — so it’s got to have some good parts, right?
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You can try to will yourself literally anywhere else doing literally anything else as your parents grill your date about whether or not he wants to hold your hand.
The only limit is your imagination.
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You can wave hi to your date who is half-way around the world…
Ah, the power of Skype.
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…as your parents look on from three feet away. Who needs privacy anyway?
Not us, that’s for sure!
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Very occasionally, you can get lucky with a crush who doesn’t quite know all the courting rules yet.
He just might put his arm around you before your dad has given him the a-okay.
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You can hold hands over Mexican food.
Just don’t forget to pray first. And don’t forget to remind all of your tablemates not to be ashamed to pray in public. And don’t forget to loudly talk about how super normal it is to pray in public if anyone accidentally glances your way while you’re doing it.
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You can pull up a seat for you, your date, and your dad so that you can Skype the rest of your family members.
The more the merrier for date night, right?
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If you time your date just right to the weather, you might get to see them sexily take their sweater off!
Anybody else feeling warm?
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Touching is off-limits, but ogling is totally cool.
Yeah, baby, you take that sweater off.
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You can squeeze into the cabin of a truck with your date.
It’s a tight fit, but don’t forget to leave room for Jesus — and your mom!
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You can go for a ride with your honey and as many other relatives as you can fit in the back of a convertible.
That seems fun, right? Just make sure to return it to the used car lot once you’re done!
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You can silently hang out in the background with your siblings.
Oh, did you want to be on the date and not just chaperoning it? Well, better luck next time.