Added Jill, who is courting 25-year-old Derick Dillard: "The main difference between courting and dating is setting boundaries for yourself so that you don't cross over those." PHOTOS: Stars who got their start on reality TV Those boundaries, for Jessa and her beau, Ben Seewald, 18, include no holding hands, no kissing, and always having a chaperone (usually one of the Duggars' 10 sons). "It's pretty basic." Michelle and Jim Bob, who are devout fundamentalist Independent Baptists, also require that their daughters' suitors include them on any text messages."It's neat to see their conversations," Jim Bob told
If you watch Needless to say, the young folks themselves aren't always super keen on abiding by a strict code of genital conduct, so it often falls to parents and older siblings to creepily "chaperone" these consenting adults.
Despite the fact that this system has caused major problems for the Duggars in the past (See: the Josh Duggar sex scandal, the other Josh Duggar sex scandal, and the Josh Duggar sex scandal that'll probably come out in the next few weeks), they're sticking to their guns.
Even if it means publicly embarrassing one of their daughters.
If you caught this week's episode of, you may remember the scene in which Michelle Duggar commented on Jinger's romance.
She explained, “I didn’t even notice that they were there.
I thought it was just us there, and that was really special.” Forsyth, now Joy-Anna’s husband, also spoke on the incident during “TLC’s” two-part “Counting On” reunion.
During boyfriend Austin Forsyth’s proposal to Joy-Anna, the two shared a close frontal hug, breaking the side hug rule!
Not only did the couple break the rule, it was also caught on camera. In Monday’s “Counting On,” Joy-Anna admitted to her slip-up and shared that she didn’t know cameras were there.
When you're dating a Duggar, there are certain rules you must follow and that includes no full-frontal hugging before you're married.