Duggar dating rules

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"As far as our kids dating, we believe a lot of times if you're alone with the person, it can create desires that can kind of get stirred up, and you don't have any accountability, and [that] can kind of lead to some hanky panky," Jim Bob explained on the show. "Courtship is really getting to know each other for the purpose of possibly getting engaged and getting married," the father of 19 said. "Obviously we're saving our first kiss for marriage," Ben said.

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." 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.

Joy-Anna Duggar is owning up to a major pre-marriage mistake. The 19-year-old, who married Austin Forsyth earlier this year after a two-month engagement, hugged Forsyth after accepting his marriage proposal.

Of course, that's in direct violation of a key Duggar family rule: Only hugs are permissible.

Nearby cameramen caught the intimate moment, but Joy-Anna had no idea.

was a reality television show centered around the lives of a devout Christian family with very particular world views.

Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar’s goal was to raise their 19 - wonderfully, thematically named - children to be modest, pure, and adherent to a long list of things a Duggar simply doesn't do.

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