After watching five Duggar siblings walk down the aisle over the past decade, fans of Counting On have become all too familiar with the family’s strict courting rules. Jim Bob and Michelle don’t allow their kids to have any physical contact – hugging, hand-holding, kissing – with their significant others, they can’t go on dates alone and instead must bring chaperones, and they must include their parents when they text. But what about FaceTime and Skype? Is technology helping the Duggar kids get some alone time during the courting process?
According to In Touch Weekly, when Jill Duggar and Derick Dillard started courting he lived in Nepal, and she lived in Arkansas, and they used FaceTime and Skype for months to get to know each other before meeting in person. But, that doesn’t mean it was a free-for-all. Fans got to witness Jim Bob and Michelle sitting and watching Jill and her future husband communicate online during episodes of 19 Kids & Counting.
Things did change a bit when the couple got engaged. In Growing Up Duggar, Jill shared with fans some “do’s” and “don’ts” of her engagement, and one of the “do’s” was “Skype, FaceTime, and phone alone,” But, it seemingly contracted another “do,” which was to “always have a chaperone within line of sight.”
It isn’t clear if this was an example of Jill breaking her parents’ rules once she had a ring on her finger, or if the rules get lax once the couple decided to marry.
Currently, Josiah Duggar is engaged to Lauren Swanson, and he has posted pics of the couple FaceTiming, and there didn’t appear to be a chaperone anywhere in sight. So, unlike we once thought, maybe couples do get a little alone time before walking down the aisle.
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As far as texting goes, the kids must include Jim Bob and Michelle, but phone calls get a bit more privacy. Jessa wrote in Growing Up Duggar that her parents did not chaperone her phone conversations with Ben Seewald and they were “private just between the two of us.”
But, this is supposed to be against the rules, so maybe Jessa and her future husband decided to do things their own way. The Duggar kids claim that their phone conversations include a lot of prayer and Bible quotes and they try to “encourage and edify each other in the Lord,” but surely dirty talk has crossed their minds a time or two.
The Duggar kids return with new episodes of Counting On next month on TLC.