Duggar Family Might Be Loosening up Their Courtship Rules; Fans Spot the Changes

Some parents can be very stringent when it comes to the upbringing of their children, with rules and regulations for every aspect of their lives such as, let's say, dating. But when you realize we're talking about a family whose parents are devout Baptists and have 19 children, things start to make more sense. Perhaps, you already know who we are referring to: The Duggar Family!

However, it seems that Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar already took a chill pill as they are apparently tweaking their courtship rules. But what regulations are we talking about? And why have they changed? To find the answers to these questions plus many other fantastic details, all you have to do is to scroll down. Let's get the ball rolling!


A Bit of Background Info

If you have been watching TLC's show "Counting On" for a while, you're likely familiar with the term "courting." But for those who don't, it could be a relatively new word. The thing is that the Duggar family does not practice the traditional dating we know today.

Conversely, their approach to relationships goes in line with their conservative values and fundamental Christian faith. The Duggars participate in a process called chaperoned courtship, which is similar to dating but with the idea of marriage in mind. As Josh Duggar told People, "courtship is a path toward marriage."

But you may want to take a seat because this practice comes with myriad rules attached to it. Jill Duggar explained in 2014 on "19 Kids & Counting" that "the main difference between courting and dating is setting boundaries for yourself so that you don't cross over those." 

So what are those limits about? Here's the rundown! First, the potential suitor needs to approach Jim Bob if he's pursuing one of his daughter's heart to express his interest in the girl. Then, they can start the courtship period in which mates can spend time together but with at least one chaperone to supervise; never alone. 

Moreover, Michelle explained to the source that emotions get heated the closer you get, like when two magnets are pulled together. Therefore, mates cannot hold hands, kiss, and can only do side hugs. Can you imagine this exists in our modern times? Having a third wheel in each of your dates? OMG!

Go to the 'Next chapter' to continue reading fascinating details about the Duggar family.

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